Chromium-6 in drinking water

I just read about the high Chromium-6 levels in Kingman and specifically in Golden Valley.  Here is the US map:
https://www.ewg.org/interactive-maps/2016-chromium6-system.php?pws_id=AZ0408020

When you click on our area (dark blue) you get a pop up window:

Chromium-6 testing

And here’s KINGMAN:

Other cities like LHC are MUCH lower.  Look at Castle Rock!  What / where is POE 5?

The EWG article that explains why you should care:
https://www.ewg.org/research/chromium-six-found-in-us-tap-water

… In 2008, a two-year study by the National Toxicology Program found that drinking water with chromium-6, or hexavalent chromium, caused cancer in laboratory rats and mice.[3] Based on this and other animal studies, in 2010, scientists at the respected and influential California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment concluded that ingestion of tiny amounts of chromium-6 can cause cancer in people, a conclusion affirmed by state scientists in New Jersey and North Carolina….

As usual, the industry resorted to falsifying studies:

… In 2001, as state scientists conducted a risk assessment to guide the regulation, an epidemiologist named Jay Beaumont noticed something fishy. A Chinese scientist had revised a key study of chromium-6 in drinking water, reversing his original finding of a strong link to stomach cancer. Some members of a “blue-ribbon” panel advising the state cited the revised study as evidence against a strong regulation. But when Beaumont tried to find out why the scientist had changed his mind, it turned out he was dead.

Beaumont learned that the study was rewritten not by the original author, but by consultants hired by PG&E to help defend the Brockovich case. Before the Chinese scientist died, they paid him a token amount [26] for access to his original data, manipulated it to hide the link to stomach cancer, and published the revised study in a scientific journal without disclosing their or PG&E’s involvement. …”

As usual, corporations can engage in this fraud with impunity!

So I looked up the Meadview, the Joshua Tree Water Company:
http://azsdwis.azdeq.gov/DWW_EXT/JSP/NonTcrSampleResults.jsp?tinwsys_is_number=1630&tinwsys_st_code=AZ&tsasampl_is_number=1633856&tsasampl_st_code=AZ
Unfortunately, there’s no separate test for Chromium-6 and it doesn’t show ppb, so I have no idea what this means.

Meadview Chromium
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I definitely would NOT drink the Castlerock water without filtering it out and I have no idea how difficult it is and what kind of filter is required.

My email to our supervisor Jean Bishop:

6/17/18

Supervisor Bishop,

Has the County looked into the cause of the high levels of Chromium-6, especially in the Castle Rock water?

[URL to this post]

Is the County going to do something about it? Warn the residents? Recommend a specific filter?

Much appreciate more info!

Thank you,

Christine Baker

I will update with the response.


UPDATE 6/19/18:

Supervisor Bishop wrote yesterday:

Christine,

Gary Lasham, Public Works,  provided the below information.

As you can see we barely register a detection of Chromium, 0.033% of the MCL (Maximum Contaminate Level).

It should be noted that all well waters have some level of chromium in them.

Per our most recent Consumer Confidence Report Chromium is not an issue in GVID.

Inorganic Chemicals
(IOC)
MCL

Violation

Y or N

Running Annual Average (RAA) OR Highest Level Detected Range of All Samples

(Low-High)

MCL MCLG Sample Month & Year Likely Source of Contamination
Chromium (ppb) N .033 100 100 02/2017 Discharge from steel and pulp mills; Erosion of natural deposits


So here’s my email to Gary Lasham:

6/19/18

Hello Mr. Lasham,

Below is my email with supervisor Bishop and before I contact EWG regarding the alleged high Chromium-6 levels, I would like to confirm that we are talking about the same water.

I don’t know how “GVID” relates to the EWG test results.

[URL to this post]

Do you know what the Sample Points in the EWG chart mean?

DSMRT from POE 5 (61 ppb)

EPTDS from POE 5 (79 ppb)

Is there info online somewhere that identifies all these Sample Facilities and Sample Points listed by EWG?

It’s inexplicable that the .033 ppb on your test is so much LOWER than the lowest EWG result, and you even include ALL Chromium, not just Chromium-6.

I found out about the EWG Chromium-6 testing because the page was linked in a FaceBook discussion about someone wanting to move to Kingmann / Golden Valley and he was advised not to drink the water. So if the EWG tests are false / faked — whatever, they need to be corrected as it impacts negatively on Kingman / Golden Valley and prospective newcomers might choose NOT to move here.

And residents already living here might waste a lot of money on filters they don’t need.

Greatly appreciate any light you can shed on this mystery!

Thank you,

Christine Baker

I’ll update again with the response.  This is pretty weird!


And the message I submitted to EWG through their contact form at

https://www.ewg.org/support-our-work/ways-to-donate/stay-touch

Subject: Kingman AZ high Chromium-6 levels denied by Mohave County

Hello,

You can see my blog post about the EWG tests for Chromium-6 at
[This URL]

I also added my communications with our supervisor Jean Bishop and she provided Mohave County test results MUCH lower than your lowest result, and it even contains all Chromium, not just Chromium-6.

This seems impossible and I’ll greatly appreciate your assistance with figuring out what’s going on with our water.

Thanks!

Christine Baker

I’ll update with the response.


A very quick response from the County’s Steven Latoski, director Mohave County Public Works:

Good Afternoon Ms. Baker:

I am writing as follow up to your recent inquiry on GVID tested and reported levels of chromium.  Please note that the 2017 Consumer Confidence Report filed with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality finds that – through a December 2017 water quality test – the level of chromium stood at 12 ppb, which is below the Maximum Contaminant Level of 100 ppb.

The report is attached for your reference.

Thank you.

Steve

Steven P. Latoski, P.E., PTOE
Director
Mohave County Public Works

The attached report: GVID CCR Report for 2017

Click on image to enlarge
Click on image to enlarge

So we went from .033 ppb to 12 ppb in one day.
That’s 363 time more!  How does THAT happen?

Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL):
The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water

Maximum Contaminant Level Goal MCLG): The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health
So, I conclude that Arizona could not possibly care less about save drinking water because:

1) They don’t test separately for Chromium-6

2)  The level of containment is 100 while California says 02.

Where do we go from here?  I have a few questions for Mr. Latoski.
And we’ll see whether EWG responds.


My followup questions to Mr. Latoski:

6/19/18

Mr. Latoski,

Thanks for the quick reply!

Unfortunately, I don’t see answers to my questions:

> I don’t know how “GVID” relates to the EWG test results.
>
> https://highdesertdirt.com/blog/2018/06/17/chromium-6-in-drinking-water/
>
> Do you know what the Sample Points in the EWG chart mean?
>
> DSMRT from POE 5 (61 ppb)
>
> EPTDS from POE 5 (79 ppb)
>
> Is there info online somewhere that identifies all these Sample
> Facilities and Sample Points listed by EWG?

The 2017 GVID report you attached shows Chromium at 12 ppb. Yesterday’s report showed .033 ppm.

How does Chromium go from .033 ppb to 12 ppb?

That’s 363 times more!

Of course it is all rather irrelevant because we don’t know whether it’s the harmless Chromium-3 or the cancer causing Chromium-6.

So the most important question:

Does Mohave County care about the health of its residents or merely about complying with obviously outdated MCL and MCLG limits?

As you know (if you read my post), California’s Public Health Goal for Chromium-6 is 0.02 ppb — NOT 100 ppb!

I’ll greatly appreciate your explanations!

Thanks,

Christine Baker


And this morning I had the response from Steven Latoski:

Good Morning Ms. Baker:

My apologies for not addressing all of your questions.

Please note that my office has not been contacted by EWG (Environmental Working Group), which is a non-profit environmental organization.  In reviewing the link provided, the GVID water system is not represented in the article.

The Consumer Confidence Report provided for GVID represents a Chromium Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) of 100 parts per billion (ppb).  This is a MCL set through federal and/or state regulations.  For more information, please see: https://www.epa.gov/dwstandardsregulations/chromium-drinking-water

In closing, as I am unfamiliar with EWG and their practices in representing tests and data, I cannot provide interpretations or draw conclusions from any information posted by the organization.  I thank you for your understanding in this regard.

Have a great day.

Kind regards,

Steve


There you have it.
Remember that I had written to Jean Bishop:
“Has the County looked into the cause of the high levels of Chromium-6, especially in the Castle Rock water?”

They then provided this weird info about .033 ppm, the next day it’s 12 ppm and now I find out they have NO CLUE what the EWG report is referring to.

I documented that Mohave County has ZERO interest in the health of the residents.

They will do NOTHING unless they are required by law.   If the EPA didn’t set federal drinking water standards, you’d be drinking sewage.  You’re lucky they only give you cancer and whatever diseases.

Our government’s ONLY goal is to keep sales tax low and to make the rich richer  — at YOUR expense.

Any voters here?


Update 6/22/18: 
The truth about EWG:   another FAKE consumer organization. 
As so often, you don’t know what people and organizations are really like until you need their help.   I got no response to my request for info sent through the EWG website (posted above) and my submission to their FaceBook page was also ignored.  Unfortunately I couldn’t post it here because it was held for “moderation” (probably deleted) and I didn’t copy my post before submitting it. Now that I know that they moderate, I copied it first:

So disappointed! Why would you make a big deal over Chromium-6 and then refuse to answer my simple question about the actual locations where the samples were taken?
 
Now I have to resort to publishing that EWG doesn’t bother to explain its test results and obviously the County people are laughing all the way to the bank — no need to improve our water quality. And our residents can enjoy cancer!
 
While our County people obviously don’t care, it’s an eye opener to see how organizations like EWG really operate.
 
Oh well, all I can do is get the word out and hopefully many others will “unlike” EWG as I just did and hang on to their wallet when it comes to donations.
You guys are worse than the government, at least they didn’t ignore me!
[this URL]
It’s sad.  Everything I see is FAKE.
 

4 Responses to Chromium-6 in drinking water

  1. Wow, very interesting! Maybe time to show your reserch to Erin Bogonovich? She’s the para legal that,sued the Electrical company and won a Multi Millionl law suit to the litte communities over in the california desert (death valley) area! Those residents suffered a whole host of very lethal illness, up to and including death.

  2. Hello Virginia, I know about Erin’s lawsuit and all. The problem is that around here it’s “natural”.

    That’s why our supervisor Jean Bishop doesn’t care and it’s incredibly hard to prove what actually gives people cancer unless it’s clearly industrial pollution.

    My take on it is that at minimum, the County should test all the major wells for Chromium-6 (not combine 3 and 6) and then we’ll know that either EWG lied about their tests or the County lied in the tests they gave me. The first Count test that Bishop sent me with the .033 ppm was clearly faked.

    Since nobody here cares (you’re the first comment!), I mentioned it on Facebook, here in response to the Bishop failed recall effort and I mentioned that people can die after storms because the roads are so bad the ambulance can’t get in and also the Chromium-6 issue:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/519723514816357/permalink/1552069511581747/

    Leslie Tyler In numerous counties I own property none of the things u explained are covered by tax payers. Most should be covered Thru a co-op. Hell most fire depts won’t even put your fire out in thousands of counties unless you pay. My parents live on a gravel road An guess who has to maintain it. The owners of the property on it. U want that stuff paid for. Pay taxes. Bottom line. An supervisor bishop doesn’t control the BOS she is one of a board that makes a decision through governing municipality guidelines. So get use to it, pay it out of your pocket, or move. Simple lots of choices for u!! Quick question for you… what do u do to help your community????!!!???

    I also posted it on FB in Mohave County News and another group and I get more insults than support.

    It’s not that most people here are stupid, but the stupid ones are LOUD and “normal” people just don’t want to get involved.

    Sadly, Leslie Taylor, from Golden Valley, where it looks like EWG shows the highest Chromium-6, is right. I have lots of choices:

    “… So get use to it, pay it out of your pocket, or move. Simple lots of choices for u!! …”

    I’m too invested to move where more intelligent life congregates, so I’ll probably order the $300 Berkey and continue getting used to live among imbeciles.

    I don’t have it in me to beg for donations for water tests and I’m terribly disappointed with EWG. If they had at least emailed me the actual tests with the lab info and if they had just told me WHERE those high results come from, I would have tried to do “something.”

  3. Daily Chromium Needs…..

    Health pros say 1000 micrograms per day is upper limit.

    When a chromium-based deficiency does occur, common symptoms include:
    poor blood glucose control.
    worsened levels of weak bones and bone loss.
    low energy, fatigue.
    poor skin health.
    higher risk for high cholesterol and heart complications.
    low concentration and poor memory.
    worsened eye health.

    Chromium, a type of chemical element that’s actually a hard and brittle metal, is a trace mineral needed by the body in small amounts for healthy functioning. What is chromium most well-researched for in regard to promoting health? Blood sugar and diabetes control, heart health, weight management and brain health are all known benefits of chromium.

    Chromium plays a role in the insulin-signaling pathways that allow our bodies to control the amount of sugar we take in, helping balance blood glucose levels and giving us stable energy. Research also shows that chromium can help protect DNA chromosomes from damage, which means chromium may be able to halt cell mutations that can lead to various chronic diseases. In addition, chromium is associated with longevity and improved cardiovascular health due to its role in metabolizing fats, in addition to proteins, carbs and other nutrients.

    According to the National Institute of Health, there are two types of chromium: 1) trivalent (chromium 3+), which is considered “biologically active” and can be found in foods, and 2) hexavalent (chromium 6+), which is considered toxic and unsafe for humans, so it’s used in industrial applications and isn’t meant to be acquired from foods. (1) (Chromium 6 is a chemical that appears to cause cancer and was featured in the Erin Brockovich story that was made into a film, plus it infiltrated the tap water for over two-thirds of all Americans.) (2)

    What is chromium found in? Chromium is naturally present in many whole foods, including brewer’s yeast, certain kinds of meats, vegetables, potatoes and whole grains. Chromium enters the body mostly through diet since it’s stored in soil and rocks that penetrate the crops we wind up eating, plus in smaller amounts in the water that we drink. Drinking tap water supplies some of our chromium, as does cooking in stainless-steel cookware.

    GNC sells “Ultra Chromium 400 mcg” for $6.29 a bottle.

    1 microgram equals .001 milligram. 1 ppb = 1 microgram per liter of water.

    1 milligram per cubic meter of drinking water (264 gallons) = 1 ppb called parts per billion. 1 microgram = .001 milligram called mcg.

    So I can save $6.29 a bottle by drinking Mohave tap water to get those precious mcg of chromium or else all this bad stuff is going to start happening to me if I just drink distilled water like I had planned to. You can safely take 400 mcg of Chromium per day and it’s considered healthy as long as you don’t go over 1000 mcg a day. If I dissolved 1 milligram of chromium chloride as a salt in 264 gallons of water and drank it…………the water alone would surely kill me. Maybe I could drink the 264 gallons real slow and them allow my kidneys the time to strain out the chromium.

    The real contamination we have with excessive chromium comes from leather touching our skin. Leather hides are tanned with chromium salts and these salts leach through our skin when we wear leather and we sweat on it and reabsorb the salt from the leather on our skin. This would provide plenty of chromium salt to also save the $6.29. So these California standards are way too high and we’re dealing with micrograms that are essential for normal body function. ppb is parts per billion………..the chromium salt on leather is so massive that you should work to outlaw leather products to save baby jane from chromium poisoning. I have chewed on leather as a kid and it tasted salty and “good”. This is why my fingernails are so hard and shiny…..imo. This early childhood chromium has stayed with me all my life and I need it to use my thumbnail as a screwdriver at times or to scare people in a classroom on the chalkboard and get them to shut up. I can’t buy the chromium I need because at $6.29 a bottle (it’s cheaper in Mexico I am sure) it’s just too high. I need more Mohave County drinking water to get to under my 1000 mcg dosage so my nails don’t get soft and so my bodily functions keep functioning. 1 milligram is 1000th of a gram and if that 1000th of a gram was dissolved in 264 gallons of water, you’d be at 1 ppb with that to drink all those gallons. How long would that take? If I ground up a chromium pill from GNC in a glass of water……..would I exceed the California daily limit of chromium? I bet I would. it was calculated that the smell from pine trees in a rain forest exceeds the EPA limits for clean air standards. So we need to outlaw breathing in rain forests or cut down all the pine trees because they put out pine tar into the air at cancerous levels as determined by the EPA. This is why the desert air is so clean…….no more trees. But we get toxic smells from creosote bushes so that needs to be next on the agenda to save Middle Earth.

    Peace Inn, -J. Mac. ” A green grocer, with your tip for the day.”

  4. Incapable of understanding the difference between Chromium-3 and Chromium-6, J. Mac?

    You didn’t even look at the EWG article because you are so incredibly smart?

    I invite you to a 100% natural drink:

    ALL NATURAL ingredients:

    A good amount of arsenic and uranium (both in our water), with a topping of e-coli and salmonella (also naturally occurring here).

    All natural! 100% natural!

    Are you up for it, J. Mac?

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