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Perchlorate Makers Blow Smoke on Health Issue
  The Los Angeles-based group Environment California says an
  industry-funded group is using "misleading research and tobacco
  industry-style lobbying to influence the debate on the effects of
  perchorate." Perchlorate is a rocket fuel ingredient and "a known
  thyroid inhibitor" often present in water supplies near military and
  manufacturing sites. The Perchlorate Study Group (PSG) "has lobbied
  for maximum contaminant levels of 200 parts per billion (ppb) in
  drinking water, much higher than the 24.5 ppb threshold favored by
  the Environmental Protection Agency and the 6 ppb limit being
  considered by the state of California," reports Fred Ortega. "More
  than half of all studies on the health effects of perchlorate
  published between 1995 and 2005 were funded by" PSG, which was
  founded by Lockheed Martin, Aerojet and Kerr McGee, "in response to
  efforts to regulate the potentially dangerous chemical." Environment
  California also notes that PSG retained the PR firm APCO Worldwide,
  which previously helped "Phillip Morris to fight anti-tobacco
  regulations," to "help undermine the case for thorough perchlorate
SOURCE: DailyBulletin (Ontario, California), December 4, 2006
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