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At least 28 communities in the Tampa Bay area have the cancer-causing toxin in their drinking water that was cast in the national spotlight by the 2000 Julia Roberts movie “Erin Brockovich,” according to a study published Tuesday by the Environmental Working Group.
While water provided in the communities does not exceed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards of 100 parts per billion of total chromium, samples do exceed the 0.02-parts-per-billion level set by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment as a public health goal in 2011, the study explains. The level set in California poses a “negligible risk over a lifetime of consumption,” according to the study.
The toxin Chromium-6 causes cancer, reproductive problems and liver damage even from little exposure, the report says.
California's public health goal was set after Brockovich was nearly successful in building a case against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company of California in 1993 that blamed the company for contaminating local water.
The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment, analyzed federal data from nationwide drinking water tests showing that the compound contaminates water supplies for more than 200 million Americans in all 50 states.
"Yet federal regulations are stalled by a chemical industry challenge that could mean no national regulation of a chemical state scientists in California and elsewhere say causes cancer when ingested at even extraordinarily low levels," according to the report.
EWG estimates that if left untreated, Chromium-6 in tap water will cause more than 12,000 excess cases of cancer by the end of the century.
The EWG group noted that in the film "Erin Brockovich," the environmental crusader played by Roberts confronts the lawyer of a power company accused of polluting the tap water of Hinkley, California, with Chromium-6.
When the lawyer picks up a glass of water, the report notes, Brockovich says: “We had that water brought in 'specially for you folks. Came from a well in Hinkley.”
The lawyer sets down the glass and says, "I think this meeting’s over."
According to the study, these areas exceeded the report’s – not the federal EPA’s – acceptable level of Chromium-6 in tap water (0.02 parts per billion):
Sarasota County Special Utilities District
City of Sarasota
North Port Utilities
Englewood Water District
Pluris-South Gate Utilities
Manatee County Utilities Department
Palmetto Water Department
City of Tampa Water Department
South Central Service Area
University of South Florida
Plant City Utility
Temple Terrace Utility
MacDill Air Force Base
Pinellas County Utilities
City of St. Petersburg
Clearwater Water System
Pinellas Park Water Department
Tarpon Springs Water System
Safety Harbor Water Department
Gulfport Water System
Pasco County Utilities District – West
New Port Richey Water Department
City of Zephyrhills
Dade City Water Department
The average levels of Chromium-6 found on a countywide basis were as follows:
A request for comment from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection was not immediately answered.
With reporting by Patch's Tom Davis
Image via Shutterstock
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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Water Water everywhere – but not a drop to drink
We can live without food for a month. We can live without air in our lungs for just minutes. Hydration is the second most important substance required by the human body for life. If water is so important, should it not be pure H2O? And, would water that is the correct pH, filled with natural antioxidants and structured for maximum absorption be better than water that went from flush to faucet?
It’s true, the water that comes out of our faucet was flushed down someone’s toilet, washed clothes, or went down the drain in a bath or shower. Water is collected by big cities and treated with large amounts of chemicals to kill living organisms and then goes through pipes filled with sludge on the way to our homes. We then cook with it, make tea or coffee, or drink it. If you are not sure if these statements are correct, watch this news program.