Because pesticides are meant to kill living organisms, they are by their nature, toxic. However one chemical — 1,2,3-TCP, or Trichloropropane — was particularly toxic to humans and persistent in the environment.
California is one of only two states that have set enforceable drinking water standards for the chemical perchlorate in drinking water.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency establishes federal standards for drinking water contaminants that each state must enforce.
Clean Water has joined with local government, wastewater professionals, senior citizen advocates, and those concerned with drug abuse to stop unused or out of date drugs from getting into the environment or into the hands of those who will misuse them.