An underground plume of water tainted by chromium has moved beyond the containment boundary set up by Pacific Gas & Electric and is approaching the town of Hinkley, Calif., according to the Los Angeles Times.
The small town gained worldwide fame when hundreds of residents wrested a $333 million settlement from PG&E in 1997, a case that inspired the Oscar-winning film “Erin Brockovich.” The lawsuits blamed PG&E for injuries including intestinal tumors and breast cancer, which they said resulted from chromium-laced wastewater seeping from the utility’s disposal ponds into town drinking water wells.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Hexavalent Chromium v. Erin Brokovich
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