Statement From The Perchlorate Information Bureau (PIB): Fireworks, The
Fourth, Perchlorate And The Facts
SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 1, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As a component of
fireworks, the chemical perchlorate is often in the news around the Fourth of
July. As a compound made up of chlorine and oxygen—and as a medicine once used
to treat thyroid disorders—perchlorate is one of the most widely researched
compounds in our environment. As a result, there are several important facts
about it that can help place comments about perchlorate into correct context.
oBased on findings from the National Academy of Sciences, environmental
levels of perchlorate do not pose a public health concern.
oNo adverse effects from exposure to perchlorate at environmental levels
have been shown in more than 60 years of scientific research. Claims that
environmental levels of perchlorate have been linked to thyroid problems,
cancer, birth defects or other serious human health impacts are inaccurate
and unsupported by the wealth of scientific research available on
oBased on U.S. EPA science and criteria, perchlorate does not meet the
characteristics of endocrine disruptors. Most notably, it does not mimic
any human hormones, a key characteristic of endocrine disruptors.
Despite the volume of scientific research on perchlorate, it remains a widely
misunderstood compound, one that is often confused with other chemicals (such
as perchloroethylene—a solvent used in dry cleaning) and one that scientists
and regulatory officials are continuing to study.
For more information on perchlorate and human health, myths & facts, and
summaries of human health studies, please visit www.perchlorateinfo.org for
additional information on perchlorate, or contact Bill Romanelli at
916-448-3152 or 916-212-1446 (cell).
The Perchlorate Information Bureau is supported by Aerojet, American Pacific
Corporation, ATK and Lockheed Martin. These companies have worked
cooperatively with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to increase
scientific and medical understanding of perchlorate's risk to human health.
For More Information:
Perchlorate Information Bureau
News Room: 916-448-3152
Or cell: 916-212-1446
SOURCE Perchlorate Information Bureau
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