- Associated Press - Saturday, October 1, 2016

PROVO, Utah (AP) - A dozen municipal drinking water systems in Utah County have been found to contain trace amounts of a possible carcinogen.

The Daily Herald in Provo reports (http://bit.ly/2d7xElH) that data from the Environmental Protection Agency indicates chromium-6 is present in small amounts.

The Environmental Working Group displayed which counties have the element with an interactive map that was released earlier this month.

According to the EPA, chromium-6 is naturally found in the environment but can also be a by-product of industrial processes.

The agency has been studying the health risks of long-term exposure since 2008.

The study found chromium-6, which other studies indicate it causes cancer when inhaled, may be a carcinogen when ingested.

The EPA says it has yet to determine if the current chromium standard needs to be revised.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldextra.com

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