Congress Votes for Arsenic Standards
EPA Administrator Christie Whitman has not ruled out a standard that would be even lower than 10 ppb, though her office will consider public comments on 20 ppb. According to a recent article in USA Today, Whitman says she made a strategic mistake in reconsidering a strict federal limit on arsenic levels in drinking water. "Politically, if I'd been smart, I would've never changed it. I never would've gone back. I would've let the courts decide," Whitman said in an interview. "We were going to be sued anyway by the Western states and a bunch of water companies, and I should've just left it there."