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Perchlorate in Drinking Water

Perchlorate is an inorganic ion containing one chlorine atom bound to four oxygen atoms in a tetrahedral configuration. Perchlorate does not exist on its own; it must be bound to other chemicals, such as ammonia, magnesium, and potassium. Perchlorate can form naturally in the air and is found at low levels in rain or snow. It is found naturally at high levels in certain rock and mineral deposits across the world, and is especially prevalent in deserts. Perchlorate is also manufactured for use as an oxidizer in solid fuels to power rockets, missiles, and fireworks. Health Effects The major effect of perchlorate is on the thyroid gland. The thyroid ...