Chromium in the Water

Oh man, this’ll give you the heebeegeebees. Reuters reports that Chromium found in drinking water causes cancer. It just gets harder and harder to maintain a toxin-free environment. More from the report:
Environmentalists, who have been fighting for decades for tighter limits on how much chromium can be present in drinking water, said the findings offered a basis for such restrictions.


High doses of chromium 6 given to rats and mice in drinking water caused malignant tumors, the two-year study by the NIH's National Toxicology Program or NTP found.

"In the rats we saw oral cavity tumors," said Michelle Hooth, who worked on the report. "In the mice we saw tumors in the small intestine."
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Louise - May 18, 2007 7:09 PM

This is the famous point of Erin Brokivitch - Chromium 6 leaked from the PG&E plant and caused a bunch of cancers/defects/miscarriages which Julie Roberts came to the rescue and uncovered.

LLouise - May 18, 2007 7:38 PM

What exactly is "drinking water"? Does that mean faucet water? Bottled? Public fountains? All?
I use bottled and/or boiled and cooled water for drinking; I wonder if this does any good.I doubt if the chromium would disappear.

I only brush my teeth and wash dishes with non-filtered water (I shower with a filter, but don't know if chromium is removed by it), but, reading this makes it seem like brushing teeth with this water would also be dangerous. Not good. Not good at all.
Not a very thorough report. I hope WT follows up on it with more information for us. Eek :(

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