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Chromium 6 Being Found in U.S. Tap Water, Says Study

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Chromium 6, a chemical compound highlighted in the movie "Erin Brockovich," was found in U.S. drinking water, according to a study by the Environmental Working Group. (IMDB and Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Friday, 23 Sep 2016 08:30 AM

Chromium 6, a chemical compound first highlighted in the 2000 movie "Erin Brockovich," was found in tap water across the country, according to a study released Tuesday by the advocacy organization the Environmental Working Group.

The group said federal documents show chromium 6 has been found in water supplies that affects more than 200 million Americans.

"Yet federal regulations are stalled by a chemical industry challenge that could mean no national regulation of a chemical state scientists in California and elsewhere say causes cancer when ingested at even extraordinarily low levels," the group's study said.

"The standoff is the latest round in a tug-of-war between scientists and advocates who want regulations based strictly on the chemical's health hazards and industry, political, and economic interests who want more relaxed rules based on the cost and feasibility of cleanup," the study continued.

The report stated that levels of chromium 6 are at or above 0.03 parts per billion in 75 percent of the samples tested by local water utilities on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency from 2013 to 2015, according to CNN.

Chromium 6 levels in tap water for 7 million Americans are higher than the 10 ppb (parts per billion) legal limit established by California, the only state that enforces a maximum contaminant level, CNN noted.

That standard, though, is much different for the EPA, according to its website discussing chromium.

"EPA has a drinking water standard of 0.1 milligrams per liter or 100 parts per billion (ppb) for total chromium. This includes all forms of chromium, including chromium 6," stated the EPA. "Water systems are required to test for total chromium.

"The current standard is based on potential adverse dermatological effects over many years, such as allergic dermatitis (skin reactions)," the EPA statement continued.

The study stated that Houston had "relatively high levels" of chromium 6. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality told CNN in a statement that based on current scientific evidence it "does not anticipate excess cancer risks from chromium 6 concentrations routinely measured in drinking water in Texas."

Bill Walker, coauthor of the report and managing editor of the Environmental Working Group, told CNN that it was important for the public to be aware of the presence of the chemical in their tap water.

"Americans are exposed to dozens if not hundreds of other cancer-causing chemicals every day in their drinking water, their consumer products and their foods," Walker told CNN. "And what the best science of the last decade tells us is that these chemicals acting in combination with each other can be more dangerous than exposure to a single chemical."

The Environmental Working Group receives grant money from the Turner Foundation, which is chaired by CNN founder Ted Turner.

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Chromium 6, a chemical compound first highlighted in the 2000 movie "Erin Brockovich," was found in tap water across the country, according to a study released Tuesday by the advocacy organization the Environmental Working Group.
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