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CA senators want EPA to fix chromium in water

December 22, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein are calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to protect the public from contaminated tap water.The cancer-causing chemical made famous in the "Erin Brockovich" movie, chromium 6, has been found in the tap water of 31 cities across the U.S.

The five cities with the highest levels were Norman, Okla.; Honolulu, Hawaii; Riverside, Calif.; Madison, Wis.; and San Jose, Calif.

Studies show chromium 6 can also damage to the gastrointestinal tract, lymph nodes and liver of animals.

Boxer said she plans to co-sponsor legislation to set a deadline for the EPA to establish an enforceable standard for Chromium 6.