WASHINGTON, D.C. The chemical Chromium-6, which is known to cause cancer, has been found in households used by 218 million Americans.
The Environmental Working Group tested water samples from all 50 states and found Chromium-6 has been found in dangerous amounts in the homes of nearly two-thirds of the U.S. population. The Environmental Protection Agency did not directly address the report, but a representative said the agency is working on a health assessment of Chromium-6 that will be released next year.
In Greene County, all three water sources tested positive for trace amounts of Chromium-6. You can view the report's interactive map with a county-by-county breakdown by clicking on the link attached with this story.
In response to this report, Joel Alexander with Springfield's City Utilities issued this statement:
"City Utilities performs approximately 100,000 tests annually to ensure the water provided to our community meets or exceeds guidelines and expectations. Due to the specific testing equipment required, City Utilities does not perform hexavalent chromium testing directly, but regularly sends samples to laboratories certified for this analysis. All results for total chromium have been well below regulatory requirements, and all testing results for hexavalent chromium in Springfield's drinking water to date have been less than 0.2 parts per billion. The goal mentioned in the release does not represent a regulatory standard that water utilities are expected or required to meet. A complete report on water quality can be found on our website."
Editor's note: An earlier version of this report erroneously said Chromium-6 was found in 218 million households in the United States.