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Rocket Fuel Chemical Found In Lakewood Drinking Water

Toxic chemical reportedly detected in Lakewood and Puyallup waters and an estimated 17 million people have ingested it.

The Environmental Protection Agency said a rocket fuel ingredient linked to thyroid problems in pregnant women and children has been detected in water across the country, the Obama administration announced yesterday, according to the Boston Globe.

The rocket fuel chemical known as perchlorate has been found in 153 water sources in 26 states including Lakewood and Puyallup based on water analysis conducted from 2001 to 2005. In an unprecedented effort to combat the potentially unsafe drinking water, the EPA has launched its first federal drinking water standard.

There's a strong chance perchlorate has polluted Lakewood water because of the city's close proximity to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the largest military installation on the West Coast. Perchlorate is used in fireworks and explosives and has been known to contaminate water from irregular disposal at rocket testing sites and chemical plants.

The Lakewood Water District or JBLM officials were not available for comment.

Democrats have advocated for the EPA to step up and control the release of perchlorate in water. Lisa Jackson, EPA administrator, said the standard will protect public health and spark new technologies to clean up drinking water. It could take up to two years to develop the standard, the EPA said.

There is an estimated 17 million people ingesting perchlorate, Q13 Fox News reported Wednesday night.

Interestingly enough, Black Bear Yogurt & Espresso owner Jesse Roberge thought the tap water coming from his establishment's sink in Lakewood tasted different yesterday afternoon. Roberge said it had more of a chlorinated taste. Roberge did not reference any published material that reported a toxic chemical in some city's tap water.

Stay tuned for an investigative follow up.

Walter Neary February 04, 2011 at 03:17 PM
Just read the original story, and there's something weird about this. If they found the stuff six or more years ago, and are just getting around to setting a standard that will take two years to develop ... my assumption is that this news was generated by federal people who want to keep their jobs and/or expand their empire. I hate it when government scares people to preserve its bureaucracy, if that's what's going on.
Kristina February 04, 2011 at 11:43 PM
This is horrible! I really think that since our city of Lakewood is putting our families at risk they should take the extra raise in our water bill and wait untill they can fix this before they charge us more for water. Anyone who thinks this isn't serious may want to think twice because the long term effects may concern your family and I don't know about anyone else but my family is all I got and this is a big concern. Something to think about what would you do if this effected your family? Thanks K
Caroline Goodrich February 05, 2011 at 04:05 AM
Fort Lewis and McChord may have put alot of things in our water, air, and land and we will probably never be told the truth! Ft. Lewis is said to have one of the most toxic dump site there is!!!!? C
Kat G February 07, 2011 at 12:11 AM
And this is why I drink bottled water....Lakewood/Yelm etal;.waters taste like YUK!
Ken Krook May 29, 2011 at 02:10 AM
I have heard before that Fort Lewis was a superfund site for some reasons I found this link from the USGS. http://wa.water.usgs.gov/pubs/fs/fs082-98/ it is old but I don't think it is that easy to get rid of either.

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