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Hexavalent chromium win

December 2010

EWG’s December 19, 2010, report “Cancer-causing Chromium-6 Pollution in U.S. Tapwater” uncovered significant levels of hexavalent chromium, also known as chromium-6, in the drinking water of 31 of  35 cities tested and set off a media firestorm. Two days after EWG's report was released, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson was called to a meeting with 11 U.S. senators to discuss EWG’s findings. In January 2011, EPA issued guidance to water utilities on how to test and treat chromium-6.  The next month, Jackson and EWG president Ken Cook testified at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing that focused on EWG’s study. Chairman Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said, “Keep on doing what you’re doing.”  

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