Congressman Al Green and Colleagues Write EPA Administrator About Chromium-6 in Drinking Water

Oct 18, 2019

(Washington, D.C.) – On Friday, October 18, 2019, Congressman Al Green released the following statement:

“Residents of Houston’s Alief community, in the Ninth Congressional District of Texas that I proudly serve, have become increasingly concerned with the alarming level of chromium-6 in their water supply. While chromium-6 is a naturally-occurring chemical, it is most prevalent as a byproduct of industrial processes. Exposure to chromium-6 can cause skin irritation or lesions, ulcers, kidney damage, liver damage, as well as circulatory and nervous tissue damage.  The Environmental Protection Agency lists it as a known carcinogen as it is a cancer-causing chemical.  

“Chromium-6 is a nationwide problem. According to the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment, over 200 million Americans may be exposed to drinking water with potentially unsafe levels of the chemical. Public health officials and scientists in California say that health risks induced by chromium-6 exposure begin to increase at levels over a concentration of 0.02 parts per billion. Drinking water in certain parts of Alief have tested as high as 6.7 parts per billion - 335 times the recommended threshold of chromium-6.

“Since 2016, I have fought for efforts to rectify this issue for my constituents and people across America who may be at risk of chromium-6 exposure. I started with a letter to then-Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy on November 23, 2016. On February 17, 2017, I expressed my concern in a congressional resolution. Today, several of my colleagues and I have sent a letter to current EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler demanding that the Agency establish a safe drinking water standard for chromium-6.

“We are seeking much-needed answers for the people we serve. Their lives could depend on it.”

Access the full letter HERE.