November 2001 Issue

Arsenic in Deep Water

When President Bush took office, he riled environmental groups by suspending President Clinton’s directive to lower the allowable limit for arsenic in drinking water from 50 parts per billion (ppb) to 10 ppb, the level advised—but yet to be implemented—by an expert panel back in 1999. Bush sent scientists back to review research findings from the last two years on the health effects of arsenic, as well as the economic cost of lowering levels. Well, they have.

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