WASHINGTON: Call it the revenge of the weeds. An environmental report released yesterday shows Americans living in rural areas — particularly the Midwestern corn belt — are getting a cocktail of farm chemicals when they drink tap water. The chemicals found in the study could drastically increase cancer risks.
The worst example raised by the Environmental Working Group is the town of Williamsburg, Ohio, where 10 weedkillers and other chemicals were found in a single glass. Overall, the study found that over the past year the drinking water of 4.3 million Americans in nine states contained pesticide concentrations exceeding new federal standards, sometimes tenfold. Maybe smoggy New York City's not so bad after all. At least the water's (supposedly) safe.