Solomon, Gina


Time for EPA to Get Moving on Risks of Drinking Water Contaminants

By Gina Solomon
Natural Resources Defense Council

Anyone who saw the famous movie Erin Brockovich is familiar with hexavalent chromium, or 'hex chrome'; it's the carcinogen that polluted the town water supply in Hinkley, California and triggered the David vs. Goliath fight between sick community members (aided by Erin Brockovich), and PG&E, the polluter.

The real fight raged long after Hollywood moved on to other blockbusters. The list of corporations that are responsible for the nearly 700 toxic waste sites with chromium contamination reads like a Who’s Who of the rich and powerful, including military and military contractors, pesticide companies, leather, plating, utilities, and chemical companies.

Hexavalent Chromium in Drinking Water: Welcome News from California

By Gina Solomon

Yesterday, the State of California took an important step toward protecting people from cancer-causing chromium in drinking water. After a decade of study, public review, meetings, and scientific analysis, the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) released a final Public Health Goal (PHG) for hexavalent chromium.

Anyone who saw the famous movie Erin Brockovich is familiar with 'hex chrome'; it's the known human carcinogen that polluted the town water supply in Hinkley, California and that resulted in the David vs. Goliath fight between sick community members (aided by Erin Brockovich), and PG&E, the polluter.

California Finally Takes Leadership on Hexavalent Chromium in Drinking Water

Gina Solomon
Natural Resources Defense Council

California is ringing in the new year with the announcement of a strong proposal for a health-based goal to protect drinking water from hexavalent chromium. Today Cal/EPA’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced a draft Public Health Goal of 0.02 parts per billion in drinking water. This is an improvement over the prior draft, released more than a year ago, because it incorporates an extra safety factor to protect infants and children.

Hexavalent chromium is a highly mutagenic and carcinogenic chemical that was made famous in the movie, Erin Brockovich, which documented the fight in the small town of Hinkley, California for safe drinking water. The real Erin Brockovich has continued her fight for water uncontaminated with “hex chrome” and she has made powerful statements in support of California leadership to set a water standard.