Erin Brokovic in Honolulu

Remember Erin Brokovic?  The movie with Julia Roberts where all those people got poisioned from hexavalent chromium, and died of nasty cancerous diseases.  Hawaii is the #2 worst poisoned water in the United States.  They have found large amounts of hexavalent chromium here in Hawaii.

What is hexavalent chromium?

Hexavalent chromium (chromium VI) refers to chemical compounds  that contain the element chromium in the +6 oxidation state. Virtually all chromium ore is processed via hexavalent chromium, specifically the salt sodium dichromate. Approximately 136,000,000 kilograms (300,000,000 lb) of hexavalent chromium were produced in 1985.  Other hexavalent chromium compounds are chromium trioxide and various salts of chromate and dichromate. Hexavalent chromium is used for the production of stainless steel, textile dyes, wood preservation, leather tanning, and as anti-corrosion and conversion coatings as well as a variety of niche uses.

Hexavalent chromium is nasty for you.  It kills you. 



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