NYT: Millions drink contaminated water

Having exposed the nation’s toxic waters, The New York Times‘ Charles Duhigg has now turned his attention to the Safe Drinking Water Act. Duhigg has found that “since 2004, the water provided to more than 49 million people has contained illegal concentrations of chemicals like arsenic or radioactive substances like uranium, as well as dangerous bacteria often found in sewage.”

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Furthermore, Duhigg found that only 6 percent of violators were ever fined or punished.

Duhigg used EPA data on Safe Drinking Water Act violations as well as other parts of the massive Toxic Waters database.


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