Waiter, more perchlorate salad dressing,…

Waiter, more perchlorate salad dressing, please!

 “A laboratory test of 22 types of lettuce purchased at Northern California supermarkets found that four were contaminated with perchlorate, a toxic rocket-fuel ingredient that has polluted the Colorado River, the source of the water used to grow most of the nation’s winter vegetables.”

Well that’s just great… However, “Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif, introduced legislation Tuesday in the Senate guaranteeing a community’s “right to know” about the use of perchlorate by companies.”

“If passed, the Perchlorate Community Right-to-Know Act would require anyone who has stored or transported more than 375 pounds of perchlorate since Jan. 1, 1950, to report to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency no later than June 1, 2005. It also would require anyone who discharged perchlorate into the water to report volumes, method and remedial actions to the EPA by the same date.”

Perchlorate contamination has been found in 400 water sources in 20 counties statewide.”

Why isn’t discharging perc into water utterly and completely against the law?