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Deadly Drink: Tap Water Still Toxic 20 Years Later

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Millions of U.S. homes are still drinking tap water highly contaminated with cancer-causing hexavalent chromium, according to an environmental group study released Monday, reports FOX LA.

Although it's been nearly 20 years since the hazardous chemical was brought to widespread attention by Erin Brockovich, the study by the Environmental Working Group claims the substance is still present in the tap water of 31 out of 35 U.S. cities it tested.

California is the only state to make progress in curbing the deadly drink suggesting that levels should not exceed 0.06 parts per billion. Under those guidelines, 25 of the tested areas would have exceeded the "safe" limit.

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According to the Washington Post, an EPA spokesman said that the agency was aware of the new studyand that their findings will be considered in the next year as the agency reviews total chromium in drinking water.