Chromium-6: Over 200 million Americans have ‘Erin Brockovich’ chemical in their tap water


Learning Center | Toxins | Jan 2, 2017

chromium6 symbolHexavalent chromium, or chromium-6, is the carcinogen made famous by the true story of ‘Erin Brockovich.’ The 2000 film depicted a legal case brought by Brockovich against a large utility company in Southern California for poisoning the water supply with chromium-6. The case was settled in 1996 for $333 million.

However new findings show that chromium-6 contamination is threatening more than 200 million Americans all over the country.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) recently released a remarkably comprehensive report on the issue:

EWG: Chromium-6 Found in US Tap Water

The report is an excellent source, detailing the widespread presence of chromium-6, the health risks involved, and how lobbying efforts are preventing proper regulation of the water supply. Here are some highlights and other relevant info:
  • Chromium-6 is a carcinogen, and studies have linked it to a host of additional health issues.
  • Based on nationwide EPA tests from 2013-2015, EWG estimates that water supplies serving 218 million Americans in all 50 states contain unsafe levels of chromium-6.
  • EWG estimates that chromium-6 will cause more than 12,000 excess cases of cancer by the end of century, if left untreated.
  • In 2010, a public-health goal was set of 0.02 parts per billion in tap water. State regulators adopted a legal limit of 500x that amount in 2014, after aggressive lobbying by industry & water utilities.
    • I won’t get into the specific lobbying efforts here, but the EWG reports shines a light on the many obstacles to tap water regulation.
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