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R E V I E W S NATURE REVIEWS | MICROBIOLOGY VOLUME 2 | JULY 2004 | 569
 

Summary: R E V I E W S
NATURE REVIEWS | MICROBIOLOGY VOLUME 2 | JULY 2004 | 569
In recent years, perchlorate has become a household
word in the United States as concerns about its presence
in water supplies have resulted in a public outcry.These
concerns have been further fuelled by articles in the
popular press1
that recount disputes between the US
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the
Pentagon regarding the reporting and regulation of this
contaminant2,3
. Furthermore, the application of newly
developed highly sensitive analytical techniques4
has
demonstrated that the true extent of perchlorate conta-
mination was severely underestimated58
,and the recent
identification of its presence in the main vegetable and
dairy food products indicates that perchlorate might
represent an even greater threat to health than was pre-

  

Source: Achenbach, Laurie A. - Department of Microbiology, Southern Illinois University

 

Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology; Environmental Management and Restoration Technologies; Biology and Medicine