Bottled water manufacturers are not required to disclose as much information as municipal water utilities because of gaps in federal oversight authority, according to reports released by government auditors.
The EPA administrator stated that the agency should review the risks to drinking water posed by secret chemicals used in an oil and gas drilling process called hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) questioned EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson at a hearing this week.
The Department of Agriculture will partially reinstate tracking of agricultural pesticides after the Bush administration cut the program's funding. The program provides useful public data about the amount of pesticides used on certain crops. See USDA's Agricultural Chemical Use Database.