PG&E reduces Hinkley chromium-6 cleanup time

A month after Pacific Gas & Electric Co. presented state regulators with a 220-year plan to clean up the hexavalent chromium groundwater contamination in Hinkley, Calif., the utility giant submitted an improved remediation plan that “incorporate measures to reduce the remediation timeline.” Instead of 220 years, PG&E says it will now take just 95 years to reduce the chromium-6 to 1.2 ug/L level. Keep in mind the California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has recommended a 0.06 ug/L maximum contamination level for chromium-6 in drinking water.

The residents of Hinkley may finally be able to use their groundwater supplies in year 2106. Good job, PG&E!

SOURCE: State Water Resources Control Board - Lahontan

 

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  1. Latest Government Enforcement Action against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) June, 10, 2011

    Lahontan Water Board has issue Orders and now the Chromium 6 plume concentration is lowered to 0.02 / 0.06 ppb from previous threshold of 3.1 ppb.

    Based upon that threshold the entire town of Hinkley, CA ground water is now promulgated as contaminated.

    THEREFORE, PG&E must provide “whole house” water to the inhabitants in the town of Hinkley, CA.

    All real properties in the town of Hinkley, California are now declared at “Zero Value” and therefore all real properties must be reassessed by the San Bernardino County Assessors at zero value and no property tax should be levied, retroactive as of the date of the Class Action Lawsuit settlement. (In any event as of June 10, 2009.)

    Links to the State of California Water Board web site:

    http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/rwqcb6/water_issues/projects/pge/docs/pubnot070111.pdf

    http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/rwqcb6/water_issues/projects/pge/index.shtml

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