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Cancer-causing chemical found in 89 percent of cities sampled

Cancer-causing chemical found in 89 percent of cities sampled

The carcinogenic chemical brought to Hollywood spotlight in the movie Erin Brockovich, starring Julia Roberts, has been found in 89% of the cities tested by the Environmental Working Group (www.ewg.org). The contaminant, hexavalent chromium, was found in 25 cities at levels exceeding proposed health safety standards. In some cases samples showed toxic concentrations over 200 times higher than California’s public health goal in 2009.

Hexavalent chromium, also known as chromium-6, shows “clear evidence of carcinogenic activity” according to the National Toxicology Program. Among tested laboratory animals, specimens showed increased risk for gastrointestinal tumors, and in a toxicology review by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency it was noted that chromium-6 in drinking water is “likely to carcinogenic to humans.”

Over 74 million Americans are exposed to chromium-polluted drinking water daily.

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