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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Chromium-6 in Tap Water

Chromium-6, also called hexavalent chromium, is a cancer-causing chemical discharged from steel and pulp mills, metal-plating and leather-tanning facilities. It was found in the tap water of 89 percent of cities tested by the Environmental Working Group.

Chromium-6 raises everyone's risk of developing cancer, but some individuals are especially vulnerable to its carcinogenic effects:
  • People with low stomach acid
  • Fetuses
  • Infants
  • Children
According to the National Toxicology Program, chromium-6 in drinking water shows “clear evidence of carcinogenic activity” in animals, particularly in the gastrointestinal tract, and the EPA stated that it is “likely to be carcinogenic to humans.”

Read the full report here.

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