LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Millions of Americans are drinking dirty water and don't know it. A New York Times analysis of five years worth of records from the Environmental Protection Agency show more than one-fifth of water treatment systems delivered water with illegal concentrations of dangerous chemicals. Tuesday, the EPA was on the hot seat as a Congressional Committee asked why water pollution laws have not been enforced.
"The concentration of chemicals in some places are so high that you can literally light water on fire," said Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a Democrat from New Jersey.
Contaminants include gasoline, pesticides, copper, lead, arsenic, radioactive substances and even rocket fuel. The EPA said Tuesday that 96% of the problems are in small communities and the agency added it just needs more money to help them control that.
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