News Alert: Senators ask EPA to set chromium 6 standards
december 21st, 2010
(From the Associated Press)
LOS ANGELES -- Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein are calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to protect the public from cancer-causing hexavalent chromium following a report that found the compound in the tap water of 31 cities across the country.
In a letter obtained by The Associated Press, Boxer, D-Calif., who chairs the environment and public works committee, says she plans to introduce legislation with Feinstein, D-Calif., that would set a deadline for the EPA to set an enforceable drinking water standard for hexavalent chromium, also known as chromium 6.
The letter was sent following the release of a study on Monday by the Environmental Working Group that analyzed drinking water in 35 cities across the country. The five cities with the highest levels were Norman, Okla.; Honolulu, Hawaii; Riverside, Calif.; Madison, Wis.; and San Jose, Calif.