December 21, 2010
Carcinogen Found In Cities Across The U.S.The domestic tap water of 31 out of 35 United States cities surveyed contains hexavalent chromium, the probable carcinogen made famous by the film Erin Brockovich, according to an environmental report. In the first nationwide analysis of the chemical in American water to be made public, the study by the Environmental Working Group detected its presence in 31 out of 35 cities that were tested. The highest levels were in: Norman, Oklahoma; Honolulu, Hawaii; Riverside, California; and Madison, Wisconsin. The US government's Environmental Protection Agency is currently deciding whether to set a limit for hexavalent chromium in tap water after the National Institute of Health assessed it a "probable carcinogen" in 2008. The chemical has been linked to leukaemia in animals as well as liver and kidney damage.
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