Senators Promise Hearings on Drug-Tainted Water

By: AP
By: AP

UNDATED (AP) _ Two Democratic senators say they plan to hold hearings in response to an Associated Press investigation into the presence of trace amounts of pharmaceuticals in drinking water supplies for more than 40 million Americans.

Barbara Boxer and Frank Lautenberg say the oversight hearings would likely be held in April.

And Democratic Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz has asked the Environmental Protection Agency to establish a national task force to investigate the issue and make recommendations to Congress. She
says the AP report "raises serious questions about the safety and
security of America's water system."

The AP report found that while water is screened for drugs by some suppliers, they usually don't tell their customers that they have found medication in it, including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones.

The trace amounts were found in the water supplies of at least 24 major metropolitan areas, from Southern California to northern New Jersey.

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