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EPA to issue stricter drinking water standards

Washington (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is tightening drinking water standards to impose stricter limits on four contaminants that can cause cancer.

In a speech Monday, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said the agency will issue new rules within the next year for tetrachloroethylene, trichloroethylene, acrylamide and epichlorohydrin.

Tetrachloroethylene and trichloroethylene are used in industrial and textile processing and can seep into drinking water from contaminated groundwater or surface water. Acrylamide and epichlorohydrin are impurities that can be introduced into drinking water during water treatment.

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