To amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to protect the health of vulnerable individuals, including pregnant women, infants, and children, by requiring a health advisory and drinking water standard for hexavalent chromium.
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Protecting Pregnant Women and Children From Hexavalent Chromium Act of 2011''.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSE.
(a) Findings.--Congress finds that-- (1) according to the National Toxicology Program of the Department of Health and Human Services-- (A) chromium is a metal that can take various forms, including ``hexavalent chromium'', which is created when the metal is heated; (B) hexavalent chromium, also called ``Chrome 6'', is widely used in metal fabrication, chrome finishing and plating, stainless-steel production, leather tanning, and wood preservatives to reduce corrosion and for other purposes; and (C) determining the full extent of human exposures to Chrome 6 can be difficult to quantify because exposure studies do not normally identify the specific form of chromium, but people can come into contact with Chrome 6 through breathing in air, drinking water, or touching products that contain the metal; (2) according to the Environmental Protection Agency-- (A) in 2009, facilities in the United States released almost 8,000,000 pounds of chromium into the air, water, and land; and (B) in 2010, chromium was a primary contaminant in more than 500 of the most heavily contaminated sites on the National Priorities List developed by the President in accordance with section 105(a)(8)(B) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability...