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EWG Applauds Obama Administration Plan to Address Chromium-6 Contamination

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For Immediate Release: 
Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Washington, D.C. — Just two days after the release of Environmental Working Group's (EWG) analysis of chromium-6 (hexavalent chromium) contamination in the drinking water of 31 U.S. cities, the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a comprehensive plan to help local water utilities address the problem.

"We commend Administrator Jackson and the Obama administration for taking these important steps and look forward to working with them and the affected water utilities to address the concerns of the public," said Ken Cook, president and co-founder of EWG. "Water is an essential staple of life and should be free of industrial pollutants that may have profound and irreversible effects on people's health."

Cook noted that EPA's plan will provide significant technical expertise to the communities found to have the highest levels of chromium-6 contamination in EWG's report. "The water utilities are in a very tough position — often overwhelmed, underfunded and responsible for providing the safest drinking water they can. They need help from Washington, and today they got it," added Cook. Read more about EPA's plan here Click Here

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