Key findings from our investigation into arsenic in groundwater

Key findings:

  • Arsenic is consumed by people in small amounts in the food we eat and the water we drink.
  • EPA scientists have concluded that if 100,000 women consumed the legal limit of arsenic each day, 730 of them eventually would get lung or bladder cancer.
  • A single paragraph inserted into a committee report by a member of Congress essentially ordered the EPA to halt its evaluation of arsenic, or make public its arsenic findings, an action that could trigger stricter drinking water standards.
  • A lobbyist for two pesticide companies acknowledged that he was among those who asked for the delay. As a direct result of the delay, a weed killer the EPA was going to ban at the end of 2013 remains on the market.