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New Report Finds 'Erin Brockovich' Chemical in US Drinking Water

The chemical made famous by the 2000 movie "Erin Brockovich", chromium-6 or hexavalent chromium, may already be in the water that comes through your home's pipes. A new report, as covered by CNN, "examines evidence from water systems throughout the nation and concludes that the tap water of 218 million Americans contains levels of chromium-6 that the group considers dangerous." Because no legal limit has been set for tap water, your health may be at risk.

TOXIC TAP: Hexavalent chromium is classified as "likely to be carcinogenic to humans" by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA It is a common pollutant from steel and pulp mills, as well as metal plating and leather tanning facilities. This is not the first time that chromium-6 has been found in American drinking water. A previous report from 2010 and a report from 2013 both found traces of chromium-6 in drinking water. High levels of hexavalent chromium have also been discovered seeping from coal ash disposal sites nationwide. Since it would cost industries a pretty penny to control this pollutant, they've been opposing state-mandated regulation of the chemical in your drinking water, despite its known toxicity.
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