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Water Figures are All Wet

The agency we have come to rely on (just kidding) to determine what to clean up and how much of it to clean up apparently can't get its data straight.

USEPA told us that 91% of our nation's drinking water is pure. And some of us believed them.

Turns out that it's not true. What a surprise.

Turns out they're way off, but nobody really knows by how much. According to the Associated Press, "the 'agency reported meeting its annual performance goal for drinking water quality even though it concurrently reported that the data used to draw those conclusions were flawed and incomplete,' the USEPA's Inspector General office said in a report this week. '[US]EPA's own analysis, supported by our review, indicated the correct number was unknown but less than what was reported.'"

Wow.

The USEPA's water office says, "We are aware of the data's shortcomings and have been diligent in flagging those to key audiences as well as to the general public."

I think they're all wet.

Printer friendly page Permalink Email to a friend Posted by J. Craig Williams on Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 23:13 Comments Closed (0) |
 
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