Wednesday 23rd August 2017

Cancer-Causing Chromium-6 in your water

Cancer-Causing Chromium-6 is in 140 Chicago-Area Water Systems: Is Yours One?

Only 22 tested systems showed no trace of the toxin.


Cancer-Causing Chromium-6 is in 140 Chicago-Area Water Systems: Is Yours One?

The cancer-causing toxin chromium-6 is present in 140 Chicago-area water systems, according to a new study published this week by the Environmental Working Group.

Chromium-6 was made famous by the 2000 movie “Erin Brockovich,” in which Julia Roberts, playing the titular character, takes on a California power company accused of polluting a city’s water supply. The toxin can cause liver damage, reproductive problems and developmental harm.

The U.S. Environmental Protection’s maximum for chromium is 100 parts per billion, and none of the 162 systems tested in Cook, DuPage, Will, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Kendall counties reached that level, nor even came close.

But only 22 of the tested systems showed no trace of chromium-6.

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, however, set 0.02 parts per billion as a public health goal. At that level, the Environmental Working Group maintains, just one out of a million people is likely to develop cancer after 70 years of drinking the water.

Of 47 Illinois counties tested, 37 exceed 0.02 parts per billion, according to the study published by the Environmental Working Group.

Here is the data for communities tested in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Will, McHenry and Lake counties.

Cook County

DuPage County

Will County

Kane County

Lake County

McHenry County

Kendall County

  • Oswego – Population Served: 31,400
  • Plano – Population Served: 10,693
  • Yorkville – Population Served: 18,000

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