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2, No. 9 -- February 28, 2001
California legislators introduce
multiple bills related to hexavalent chromium, among them several that
specify regulatory standards including a "secondary MCL"(?).
Quebec ends California dominance of
"best tasting water" contest. Arsenic, MTBE and
trihalomethanes continue to spark interest.
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senator proposes legislation mandating a drinking water standard be
set for hexavalent chromium (LA
Times, February 22), $15
million is proposed for studies on chromium treatment (LA Times,
February 21), and the LA
calls for immediate State guidance on hexavalent chromium
(LA Times, February 25)
At least six chromium-related bills
have been introduced in the California Legislature... so far. The bills,
the authors, and what they propose: SB
451 (Ortiz) would
mandate that CDHS set a primary MCL for hexavalent chromium by 1-1-04 AND a
secondary MCL by 7-1-03. AB
387 (Pacheco) and AB
1646 (Richman) go further and specify what
the MCL shall be. AB
393 (Romero) and
472 (Soto) require
CDHS & OEHHA to assess risk to the public in, respectively, the
San Gabriel and Chino groundwater basins.
460 (Scott) would appropriate $15 million for CDHS to test
treatment technologies for hexavalent chromium.
secondary MCL proposal appears to be an artifact derived by copying
MTBE legislation from several years ago in
primary and secondary
standards were appropriate.... unless a Senate staff person knows
something about hexavalent chromium that no one else does. The two Assembly bills that propose actual
numerical standards use the controversial public health goal numbers
of 2.5 and 0.2 micrograms per liter for, respectively, total and
hexavalent chromium. The risk assessment bills for the San Gabriel
and Chino basins mimic the law passed last year for the San Fernando
basin. That report is due in January, 2002.
district plans investigation of chromium in L.A. County groundwater basin
Tech Online, February 23)
& Endocrine Disruptors
Zealand city board votes for fluoridation despite referendum vote
Zealand Herald, February 24)
newspaper columnist discusses a local government action to proceed
with drinking water fluoridation in the face of votes by a small
portion of the population opposing it. Polls taken in the area
indicate the majority of persons are ignorant, to use the writer's
term, of the issue and cites polls that show most do not even know
whether the water is currently fluoridated. The use of referenda to
decide public health issues is questioned.
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