Lest you think we were getting all worked up for no reason, here is some evidence that states should not be left to their own devices when it comes to making sure our water is clean. A GAO report released yesterday found that states were underreporting or misreporting 84 percent of safe drinking water monitoring violations.
What that means in practice is that the Environmental Protection Agency has no idea which places in the country need the most attention put on their water quality. Comforting! Let’s have more of that, please!