Media Overblowing Levels of Chromium 6 in Drinking Water Coming to OC: Mojave Owners

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See the update on Page 2 with Cadiz Inc. saying the media is overblowing the amount of chromium 6 in drinking water coming to Orange County.

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"They're called boobs, Ed."

ORIGINAL POST, JULY 7, 7:33 A.M.: "They may have a little science here, a little science there, but the complete studies, I don't think, have been completed."

-- Brett Barbre, a Municipal Water District of Orange County board member and Orange County representative to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, disagreeing with new state regulations to minimize cancer-causing chromium 6 in our drinking water, to PBS SoCaL's David Nazar.

Barbre appeared in a recent episode of SoCaL Insider With Rick Reiff, which featured a piece by Nazar titled "Chemical Crackdown" that was about the new state standards for chromium 6 in water. The chemical has been used for years to wash off chrome parts, particularly in the aviation and aerospace industries.

Starting July 1, the new maximum containment level (MCL) for chromium 6 became 10 parts per billion in California. This new regs come at a time when South Orange County's Santa Margarita Water District is expected to produce water from the Mojave Desert that far exceeds that MCL. Which brings us back to Barbre's observation, just before the 4:30 mark in this video:

Before we see and hear Barbre rain on the MCL, we see and hear Erin Brockovich praise the state for the new regs, although she and other activists wanted a MCL of 0.02 parts per billion.

Brockovich's quest to expose the dangers of chromium 6 to residents in the small desert community of Hinkley are dramatized in the 2000 movie Erin Brockovich, starring Julia Roberts. Yes, it really has been 14 years since that flick hit theaters--and 20 years since the real Erin Brockovich and others have called for the state regulations that just days ago finally became realized.

Needless to say, Brockovich does not agree with Barbre's take on the science not being in, as she tells Nazar. "For all those naysayers, you're calling a whole lot of experts around the world stupid. You're calling the state of California stupid. Because they've, what, set an MCL for a chemical based on no data? No information? That's laughable."

Laughable? In Orange County, Ms. Brockovich?

No, typical.

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I have had an ecolblue water maker for ten years...tap water is for plants

Tina Cano
Tina Cano

That's Julia Roberts. Post about Erin, use her pic, IJS.

BillxT topcommenter

The Hinkley "cancer cluster" was found to be non-existent and cases of cancer were at about (or less than) background levels in studies conducted in recent years. Hollywood movies may not always be the best sources to get your science. The reported symptoms are not typical of the presence of toxic levels of Chromium-6.


IMO, could be another FOR-PROFIT pre-arranged litigation case in the making--the kind of lawsuit that only allows all attorneys involved to profit from.  The County of Orange and its multiple hired for a life time outside defense attorneys are not stupid.... they have a knack for smelling big settlement payoffs whether they are involved as plaintiffs or defendants.

If OC's children and adults are being placed at risk because of "illegal" matter found in drinking water, then the DA and every other government official needs to be federally indicted.  If life lessons from the first Erin Brockovich class action lawsuit, then we should all give up on anyone stepping up in the OC.  

sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

any pol who knows and goes along with violations of the law /common sense should go to jail

wont happen in a leftist regulated society 9/10 times ,

but it should happen

fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

Ah, yes, OC...who cares if there are chemicals in the water when there are "derelicts" who want to have bonfires on the beach! The horror!

paullucas714 topcommenter

We require candidates for District Attorney to be actually qualified for the job before they can even put their name in the ballot. We require candidates for Sheriff to also be qualified for the job before they can put their names ion the ballot. With regards to the positions of this water board we only allow those who have industry inside advantage and only motivation to be profits to be on the ballot. I say get rid of the profiteers and place actual real scientists on this board and qualify actual real non-industry connected scientists on this board

20ftjesus topcommenter

It's called mineral water, and it's good for YOU!

MatthewTCoker topcommenter

Nope, wrong photo so I could use Julia's boobs line because it works on two levels. Soooo meta ...

BillxT topcommenter

Yep, as in "as knowledgeable about toxicity and epidemiology as the charater she portrayed".

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