Perchlorates may lead to health problems but likely not deadly. According to some groups, perchlorate affects only the thyroid gland. Because it is neither stored nor metabolized, any effects of perchlorate on the thyroid gland are fully reversible. Some other studies suggest that perchlorate may have pulmonary toxic effects as well. In this article it is mentioned that exposure could be managed. As for using the soil for agriculture, there are several technologies can remove perchlorate, via treatments ex situ and in situ. Ex situ treatments include ion exchange using perchlorate-selective or nitrite-specific resins, bioremediation using packed-bed or fluidized-bed bioreactors, and membrane technologies via electrodialysis and reverse osmosis. In ex situ treatment via ion exchange, contaminants are attracted and adhere to the ion exchange resin because such resins and ions of contaminants have opposite charge. It may be beneficial to process it. Researchers have proposed a biochemical approach for the removal of perchlorate from Martian soil that would not only be energetically cheap and environmentally friendly, but could also be used to obtain oxygen both for human consumption and to fuel surface operations. In any event, precautions will have to be taken but the presence of perchlorates in the soil does not appear to be 'show stopper' at this point.