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EPA Administrator Claims Regulating Drinking Water Supply Prevents Kids from Getting Autism

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson said that preventing children from being exposed to contaminated water could spare them from autism.

Jackson made the remark at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.  Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyoming) asked if a recent executive order by President Barack Obama meant that the EPA could put any rules in place if “the benefits outweigh the costs.”

According to CNS News, Jackson replied:

“Our science may be good, but I don’t know how you price the ability to try to forestall a child who may not get autism if they’re not exposed to contaminated water.  And I think language in that order is about those things where we can be protective for a reasonable amount of money, to make sure our children and future generations are not guinea pigs.”

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