City of Atlanta water contains probable cancer causing chemical

An environmental group that tested drinking water in the city of Atlanta found it contains hexavalent chromium, a chemical that the National Institutes of Health has described as a “probable carcinogen.”

The Washington-based Environmental Working Group said in a study released Monday that the level of the chemical in Atlanta’s water ranks 13th-highest among water systems it tested last spring in 35 U.S cities.

But water officials in Atlanta and metro Atlanta said Monday that the level of the chemical found in the city’s drinking water, .20 parts per billion, is well below the 100 parts per billion of “total chromium” in the water that the Environmental Protection Agency considers safe to drink.

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No worries. Just drink Coke instead! This is Atlanta, after all.

3 Comments so far

  1. abby on December 22nd, 2010 @ 10:19 am

    Sure, Coke, or Dasani. I’m fairly certain that’s not just Atlanta drinking water in plastic bottles.

  2. laurie2 on December 22nd, 2010 @ 8:04 pm

    Free Julian Assange and Bradley Manning.

    Repeal all charges.

    Repeal the charges against Daniel Ellsberg for the “Pentagon Papers,” which ended the Viet Nam War.

  3. Terrence (unregistered) on December 26th, 2010 @ 2:57 pm

    Sorry, .20 parts per billion is too high for me and my family. Get it out of our water supply now. This is not a game. Everyone in Atlanta should be outraged that in this day and age our water supply isn’t 100% clean and safe!

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