Hinkley homeowners accept PG&E buyout offer prompted by water contamination
Story of water contaminated by chromium inspired film "Erin Brokovich"
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."
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