Gillibrand Wants Investigation of Drug Waste in Drinking Water
In 2007, an Associated Press investigation reported that water supplies across the United States contained a number of drugs -- including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers, and sex hormones -- that water treatment plants don't remove. Now Gillibrand -- who a decade ago tried to shield damning tobacco research from the public -- wants the government to study the health effects of pharmaceutical waste in our water.
Give her credit: Since coming to public life, Gillibrand has voted to regulate tobacco products, even though she has received campaign contributions from the industry, and she's doing good work on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, promoting health-conscious legislation. Hey -- sometimes, when you get chewed out for doing a bad thing, it can convince you to turn your life around.