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.
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.
- California Environmental Protection Agency: Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board’s page on PG&E’s Hinkley chromium cleanup
- SBSun.com: A fabulous year for water … 2231!
- PG&E’s web page on Hinkley clean-up
- National Toxicology Program (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences): Fact sheet on Hexavalent Chromium (PDF)