Back in the day, I worked on this issue. The reason for the delay in releasing the contamination report is, of course, politics (startling!). In fact, this case was the inspiration for my novel, Diamond on a Lizard’s Tail. What happens when powerful chemical dischargers control the agency responsible for regulating chemicals? Well, nothing. That’s the point. But you’ll meet a lot of interesting characters and maybe learn a teensy bit about how drinking water arrives “safe” through your tap everyday.
Among other things, the scientific group that I worked in developed safety standards for chemicals in drinking water. We reviewed, assessed and discussed the toxicological information for a chemical in the scientific literature and then put that information into a … Continue reading