Hinkley homeowners accept PG&E buyout offer prompted by water contamination

Story of water contaminated by chromium inspired film "Erin Brokovich"

Tom Tucker, CBS Local 2 Morning Show Anchor, TomT@cbslocal2.com
POSTED: 09:33 AM PDT Oct 19, 2012 
Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich
HINKLEY, Calif. -

About 200 people have agreed to sell their homes in a Mojave Desert town whose water supply was contaminated by toxic chromium.
      The Victorville Daily Press (http://bit.ly/RMVOAH ) says about two-thirds of eligible households in Hinkley have agreed to a property buyout offered by Pacific Gas & Electric. The offer deadline was Monday.
      Another 100 homes will continue to use bottled or filtered water.
      In the 1950s, PG&E used chromium 6 to reduce corrosion at a cooling tower in Hinkley but the chemical polluted the groundwater.
      Earlier this year, the local water board agreed to accept $3.6 million from PG&E to settle pollution claims.
      The contamination was first publicized during a 1996 court case by residents that PG&E settled for $333 million. That suit inspired the movie "Erin Brockovich."