27 Jul '11, 8pm

Hexavalent Chromium in Drinking Water: Welcome News from California

Today, the State of California took an important step toward protecting people from cancer-causing chromium in drinking water. After a decade of study, public review, meetings, and scientific analysis, the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) released a final Public Health Goal (PHG) for hexavalent chromium . Anyone who saw the famous movie Erin Brockovich is familiar with 'hex chrome'; it's the known human carcinogen that polluted the town water supply in Hinkley, California and that resulted in the David vs. Goliath fight between sick community members (aided by Erin Brockovich), and PG&E, the polluter. The real fight raged long after Hollywood moved on to other blockbusters. Polluters successfully spent the past decade using every political maneuver in the book to delay regulations on this chemical. A couple of years ago, they even unsuccessfully attempt...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/gsolomon/hexavalent_chr...

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