California sets nation's first standard for carcinogenic chromium 6 in drinking water

More than five years after a state deadline, California officials released an initial public health goal Thursday for how much of the carcinogenic chemical chromium 6 can exist in drinking water without significant health risk.

A public health goal is a step toward setting a drinking water standard. The next step includes a period of public comment. "This draft public health goal document is the first in the nation that identifies a health-protective level of chromium 6 in drinking water," said Joan Denton, director of the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, in a news release.

Chromium 6 is a heavy industrial metal also known as hexavalent chromium, or more popularly as the "Erin Brockovich chemical."

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