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A bill 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... Read More

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This bill was introduced on Jan 25, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Date Introduced
Jan 25, 2011

Bill Text

A BILL

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...

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This important legislation would give the Environmental Protection Agency one year to set a safe drinking water standard for hexavalent chromium, also known as chromium-6. As you may know, an EWG study published in December 2010 found chromium-6 in the drinking water of 31 of the 35 cities tested. Chromium-6 pollution in those 31 cities exceeded California's public health goal of 0.02 parts per billion. In the wake of the report, some of the cities have tested their water and found comparable and sometimes higher concentrations of this toxic chemical. For 20 years, chromium-6 has been a known carcinogen when inhaled. The evidence is piling up that it causes cancer when consumed in polluted drinking water. The National Toxicology Program concludes that chromium-6 shows "clear evidence of carcinogenic activity" in test animals. And EPA's own draft toxicological assessment says that it is "likely to be carcinogenic" in humans. A chemical that may cause cancer has no place in our tap water. http://action.ewg.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=1910&tag=Chrome6ActionCenter

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A bill 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.

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A bill 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.

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Bill Summary

A bill 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.

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