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Erin Brockovich Redux? Rising Chromium 6 Levels in Hinkley Water

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Thought the legal settlement against PG&E for too-high levels of hexavalent chromium in Hinkley's water supply was sorted out? It was. Wasn't there a Julia Roberts movie made about this that should have placed these issues firmly in PG&E's containment planning for, well, ever? There was. Are we experiencing déjà vu? We might be. Erin Brockovich is back in Hinkley this week to investigate rising levels of chromium 6 in resident wells, according to The Sun.

Why is Brockovich so concerned? The notorious chemically-laced plume, which has been a bellwether for potential increases in water contamination and a key visible indicator of how well PG&E is managing the well-documented problem, has spread. Not good. Recent tests of resident supply wells indicate that chromium 6 levels have almost tripled in the past six months. Really not good.