It may sound like something out of a science fiction movie, but a toxic ingredient found in rocket fuel is also present in some Americans’ drinking water – and the Environmental Protection Agency said it will not take action to get rid of it.
A report reviewed by the Associated Press reveals that perchlorate has been identified in as many as 395 sites across 35 states.
The majority of perchlorate contamination stems from years of defense testing of missiles and rockets, according to congressional investigators.
However, when the EPA was faced with these facts, it decided that cleaning up the water supply would not lead to a "meaningful opportunity for health risk reduction for persons served by public water systems," the AP reports.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon has denied that it has influenced the EPA’s decision, claiming that its conclusions are "based on criteria in the Safe Drinking Water Act."
Recently, a separate AP investigation revealed that trace amounts of pharmaceuticals are present in the drinking water of millions of people across the U.S.