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The El Paso Times – Marty Schladen, El Paso Times 5:08 p.m. MDT April 7, 2016

EPA asked to order Texas to warn about arsenic

AUSTIN — Environmental groups are calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to force Texas to more clearly warn of the hazards of arsenic in drinking water.

The six groups, led by the Environmental Integrity Project, this week sent a letter to EPA Commissioner Gina McCarthy asking her to issue guidance ordering the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to stop telling people it’s OK to consume water with high arsenic levels for extended periods.

In a report released last month, the Environmental Integrity Project said three El Paso County communities — Tornillo and two mobile-home parks — had had more than 10 parts per billion of arsenic in their drinking water for most of the past decade.