An estimated 370,000 Californians rely on drinking water that may contain high levels of arsenic, nitrate or hexavalent chromium, and contaminated drinking water disproportionately impact communities of color in the state, finds a new analysis led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, Los Angeles.
Because this study is limited to three common contaminants, results likely underestimate the actual number of Californians impacted by … [more…]
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Hexavalent chromium continues to contaminate water sources around the world, with one US company fined just this February for putting employees at risk. Hexavalent chromium is considered to be extremely toxic, especially when inhaled or ingested, and its use is regulated in Europe and in many countries around the world. It is thought to be genotoxic, leading to DNA damage and the formation of … [more…]
(CNN) A new study finds that drinking tap water in California over the course of a lifetime could increase the risk of cancer.
Researchers from the environmental advocacy group Environmental Working Group estimated that the contaminants found in public water systems in California could contribute to about 15,500 cancer cases there over the course of a lifetime. These contaminants include chemicals such as arsenic, hexavalent chromium and radioactive elements such … [more…]
Nearly 200 million Americans, including many in New Jersey, have tap water that contains a toxin that can cause cancer even from minute exposures, according to a report by an advocacy group.
Chromium-6, a toxic metal that can cause liver damage, reproductive and developmental problems and cancer, was found in water systems in every New Jersey county, Environmental Working Group said in its report.
The toxin, also known as hexavalent … [more…]
HOUSTON – The numbers are in and there’s no denying it: People in Houston are drinking chromium 6. Scientists agree that at a certain point – chromium 6 can cause cancer.
What remains up for debate is whether the amount in our water is harmful.
While chromium 6 can be found in small amounts across the city, the ZIP code testing highest has us returning year after year to 77099.… [more…]