Chromium 6 Public Health Goal

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Jan. 16, 2009 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

CalEPA's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has been evaluating a Public Health Goal (PHG) for hexavalent chromium. The draft is expected to be released later this month and we are told that it will be very low, around 60 parts per trillion (at or below the detection limit). 

Unfortunately, despite the fact that this action could have extensive impacts on California’s manufacturers, water purveyors and others remediating groundwater that has even trace amounts of chromium, OEHHA apparently intends to issue this PHG.  Despite even that the federal government is currently developing important data on hexavalent chromium. 

Concern is building within the manufacturing community, especially those whose operations currently or previously used chromium in any manner, of the potential ramifications of such a low PHG. Some manufacturers are currently addressing chromium through permitting, remediation, or other activities.
CMTA is taking OEHHA’s imminent action seriously and will host a conference call this Wed., Jan. 21st at 10 (PT). If this matter is of interest to you, please contact Mike Rogge at immediately.

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