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From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 31 Dec 2010 10:33:50 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] HEALTH: California proposes Hexavalent Chromium Public Health Goal of .02 parts per billion
Announcement of Second Public Comment Period Draft Technical Support Document on Proposed Public Health Goal for Hexavalent Chromium in Drinking Water

Follow this link http://www.oehha.ca.gov/water/phg/pdf/123110Chrom6.pdf to download the draft PHG document for hexavalent chromium

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) within the California Environmental Protection Agency is announcing the availability of the revised draft technical support document for a proposed Public Health Goal (PHG) for hexavalent chromium in drinking water. This document decreases the proposed PHG to 0.02 parts per billion, versus 0.06 ppb in the first draft posted in 2009; the change is due to consideration of early-in-life exposures for cancer potency. The draft document is posted on the OEHHA web site at www.oehha.ca.gov. OEHHA is soliciting comments on the draft report during a 30-day comment period. OEHHA follows the requirements set forth in Health and Safety Code Sections 57003(a) and 116365 for receiving public input.

OEHHA will evaluate all the comments received and revise the document as appropriate. Written comments must be received at the OEHHA address below by 5:00 p.m. on January 31, 2010, to be considered before publication of the final document. The final document will be posted on the OEHHA web site along with responses to the major comments received during the public review and scientific comment periods.

The PHG technical support documents provide information on the health effects of contaminants in drinking water. The PHG is a level of drinking water contaminant at which adverse health effects are not expected to occur from a lifetime of exposure. The California Safe Drinking Water Act of 1996 (codified at Health and Safety Code, section 116270 et. seq.), requires OEHHA to develop PHGs based exclusively on public health considerations (Health and Safety Code section 116365(c)). PHGs published by OEHHA are considered by the California Department of Public Health in setting drinking water standards (Maximum Contaminant Levels, or MCLs) as required by Health and Safety Code section 116365(a-b).

If you would like to receive further information on this announcement or have questions, please contact our office at (510) 622-3170 or the address below.

Michael Baes (mbaes@oehha.ca.gov)
Pesticide and Environmental Toxicology Branch
Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
California Environmental Protection Agency
1515 Clay St., 16th floor
Oakland, California 94612
Attention: PHG Project

For the original announcement, see


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/961-8918

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