Julia Roberts gone but ‘Erin Brockovich’ town still dealing with PG&E


The movie “Erin Brockovich” had a happy ending but in real life, residents of Hinkley, Calif. are still dealing with fallout from PG&E’s chemical pollution, a decade later. Today marked the deadline to decide if folks want to sell their homes to the power company, which contaminated their wells with hexavalent chromium 6 decades ago, or allow a water treatment system to be installed at no charge. Pacific Gas & Electric is not appraising the homes based on real market value given the conditions, but there is concern about the town’s dwindling population. Moreover, locals say PG&E has brought new pollutants like arsenic and manganese during the cleanup as products, and reps aren’t addressing it. Come on now, PG&E, does Julia Roberts have to come down there and make another movie? [Source]

Source: http://now.msn.com/hinkley-home-sales-deadline-is-today-for-houses-in-polluted-erin-brockovich-town

Hinkley, CA(Reed Saxon/AP Photo)