Hexavalent Chromium Highest Level Found In Norman Oklahoma Among The 31 Cities in The United States, A Cancer-Causing Chemical

By on Dec 21, 2010 in Health, United States, World Comments

Hexavalent Chromium or Chromium-6, a cancer-causing chemical made famous in the film “Erin Brockovich,” was found in drinking water in 31 cities in the United States, international news reported.

A report from Environmental Working Group (EWG) has been released on Monday to confirm the issue. They conducted laboratory test and have detected Hexavalent Chromium in tap water from 31 of 35 cities in the United States.

According to reports, it is the first nationwide analysis of Hexavalent Chromium in drinking water to be made public. The highest levels were found in Norman, Oklahoma, Honolulu, Hawaii and in Riverside, California.

EWG said that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should establish a legal limit for Hexavalent Chromium or Chromium-6 and require public water suppliers to test for it and adopt tougher standards when it comes to drinking water safety.

Meanwhile, not everyone is convinced about the findings of EWG.

A Milwaukee water quality manager named Lon Couillard said that the Hexavalent Chromium or Chromium-6 could be from chrome-plated plumbing fixtures which did not pass through municipal treatment plants. Hence, more study should be taken to determine the sources of Chromium.

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