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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