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Trump administration will not regulate rocket fuel chemical in drinking water

June 18, 2020 / Emily Holden

US environmental regulators have decided they will not put restrictions on perchlorate – a rocket fuel ingredient known to harm fetal brain development – in drinking water. The Environmental Protection Agency argued that the federal government, states and public water systems have already taken proactive steps to reduce perchlorate levels. Perchlorate is found in rocket fuel, explosives, fireworks and other products. It can also be naturally occurring. The chemical disrupts the thyroid function and can harm the developing brains of fetuses and young children. The chemical has been found in the water, soil or sediment of 45 states, according to a 2010 Government Accountability Office study.