Schiff has long supported legislation to keep our drinking water clean. The San Fernando Valley aquifer has been polluted with elevated levels of hexavalent chromium, or "chromium 6," for many years. Schiff has secured more than $1.5 million to upgrade a City of Glendale treatment plant to ensure that it can remove this chemical.
Schiff also led an effort by the California Congressional Delegation to get the National Toxicology Program (NTP) to conduct a definitive test of whether chromium 6 in drinking water can cause cancer. In response, the NTP began a rodent study several years ago, and the preliminary report was released in May 2007, concluding that chromium 6 is in fact a carcinogen. Schiff is now pressing the EPA to include the results of this study in a new health assessment for chromium 6, which will lead to tighter regulations and protect our children from this carcinogen.