Senator Barbara Boxer, Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, introduced legislation (S. 79) with Senator Dianne Feinstein (both D-CA) that would establish a deadline for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set an enforceable drinking water safeguard for hexavalent chromium, also known as chromium-6, which can present a dangerous cancer risk in drinking water. Senator Boxer also announced that the EPW Committee plans to hold an oversight hearing on the issue of chromium-6 in drinking water next Wednesday, February 2, 2011.
Senator Boxer said: "I am pleased to introduce this important legislation with Senator Feinstein. There is no place for dangerous cancer causing substances in our drinking water. This bill is a major step forward in ensuring that children in California, and across the country, are protected from toxic chemicals, such as chromium-6, in the drinking water supply."
Senator Feinstein said: "It's vital that the Environmental Protection Agency continues to move forward to protect the American public from unsafe levels of Chromium-6 in our drinking water. I'm pleased to team up with Senator Boxer in introducing legislation that will ensure the EPA acts in a timely, responsible manner."