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The Oregonian: EPA Recommends Nationwide Tests for Hexavalent Chromium in Your Drinking Water
January 12, 2011, 11:25 am
Filed under: News

Published: Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 8:11 PM    
By Julie Sullivan, The Oregonian

The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday recommended that utilities nationwide test drinking water for hexavalent chromium.

The new guidelines, issued to state water agencies and public water system managers, acknowledge the growing concern over the cancer-causing form of chromium, known as chromium-6.

Environmental advocates and Oregon water officials lauded EPA’s swift response to an advocacy group’s December report that it found hexavalent chromium in 31 of 35 U.S. cities where it tested water. Among them: a privately owned water system in Bend.

While EPA won’t decide whether to mandate a new drinking water standard until later this year, it recommends water suppliers step up monitoring and test water at various points of their systems to ensure that treatment and disinfection methods are not making matters worse.

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