Should I Drink Potentially Toxic Water? WV Gov. Says, “It’s Your Decision” (Huffington Post, 1/28/14)

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Following a disastrous chemical spill in West Virginia, the state's governor, Earl Ray Tomblin told people they could make their own decision as to whether or not they would like to use the water. And in her latest Huffington Post piece Breast Cancer Fund President and CEO Jeanne Rizzo argues that kind of laissez faire attitude is unacceptable.

"Saying 'it's your decision' is abdicating government's responsibility to protect us. It's declaring that the chemical industry is in charge, that our only chance for protection is for each and every one of us to become toxicologists and assess risk in our tap water, in the beauty aisle, at the supermarket."

In the end, Congress must fix the broken laws regulating chemicals in this country so that we can know that chemicals have been proven safe before they are put on the market. 

Read on in the full Huffington Post article. 

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