California sets limit for toxic chromium from movie ‘Erin Brockovich’ in drinking water

California sets limit for toxic chromium from movie ‘Erin Brockovich’ in drinking water

The Angels – The water regulators in California approved on Wednesday to establish a limit of hexavalent chromium in drinking water, a chemical that can cause cancer when ingested and made famous by the movie “Erin Brockovich”.

Setting the new standard marks the end of a decades-long struggle that gained international notoriety with the 2000 film, “Erin Brockovich,” for which Julia Roberts won an Oscar. In the early 1990s, Brockovich helped investigate how groundwater contaminated with chromium-6 was making a Southern California community sick. Residents ultimately won a $333 million settlement with Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for contaminating their water.

The proposal was unanimously approved by the California State Water Resources Control Boardalthough it must still pass the filter of the Administrative Law Office before it becomes effective.

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