220 years is a long time to be thirsty

After polluting Hinkley’s groundwater for years with hexavalent chromium, an industrial compound that has been found to cause cancer as well as liver and kidney damage, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is now claiming that it would take 220 years to clean up the chromium-6 contamination.

PHOTO SOURCE: State Water Resources Control Board

IMAGE SOURCE: State Water Resources Control Board CAPTION: The dark yellow areas indicate where the hexavalent chromium groundwater contamination has spread.

Is this truly the best that PG&E can do? Will PG&E really supply the affected residents of Hinkley with bottled water for 220 years?

To make matters worse, it was disclosed at a recent public meeting that the hexavalent chromium groundwater contamination has spread. There are two ongoing investigations. A report on the northern and eastern plume boundaries was due on Feb. 15th. The report for the lower acquifer investigation has been delayed until Feb. 28th.

Check out this scathing commentary from the San Bernardino Sun on PG&E’s proposed remediation plans.

 

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2 Comments on “220 years is a long time to be thirsty

  1. Tax Write Off – PG&E cost to cure = over $1 billion. Dog and Pony Show Fiasco.
    Go to the ghost town of Hinkley, CA and you will see only a couple guys with white pick-up track pretending to clean the Chromium 6, along Community Blvd. [Estimated work cost = a dime – these workers are only for the show-off. (In fact, PG&E already owns most of the real property in Hinkley, CA – see Lahontan Board map.
    Lahontan Board is in bed with PG&E.
    Many more (nasty) lawsuits pending against PG&E

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