Gino DiCaro

OEHHA doesn't wait for new study, sets California-only Chrome 6 public health goal

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, July 29, 2011 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) issued a final "Chrome 6" (hexavalent chromium) Public Health Goal (PHG) this week. The regulation is a first-of-its-kind in the nation. and it sets a miniscule .02 parts per trillion threshold for chrome 6 in drinking water. (pdf of OEHHA's press release)

Since the overly-ambitious PHG level set in California is within the range of hexavalent chromium that can occur naturally in water, particularly in the Western part of the U.S., this new goal could cause confusion among the public and adversely impact local water utilities without providing any additional public health benefit.

CMTA supports a uniform, national standard for hexavalent chromium in drinking water, based on sound science. Research is underway to provide EPA and states including California with critical data that will allow for a more informed risk assessment of hexavalent chromium. This research will be complete in 2011. CMTA encourages wil continue to encourage OEHHA to base its "Chrome 6" goals and other regulations on a national standard that is based on the full use of available science.

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