PG&E Cited for Providing Tainted Water to the Town of Hinkley

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HINKLEY, Calif. (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric has been cited for providing bottled water to Hinkley residents that exceeds the minimum chromium level set by a regional water board.

The San Bernardino Sun reports Friday that the bottled water given to Hinkley's 300 households and only school had chromium 6 concentration that was .011 parts per billion in August, and 0.14 parts per billion in September. The Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board requires less than .06 parts per billion of the cancer-causing metal in bottled water.

The violation has no penalty. The water board ordered PG&E to submit a new plan for water testing.

A PG&E spokesman says the level found in the bottles is well below the state's standard of 50 parts per billion for chromium.

The town of Hinkley was made famous by law clerk Erin Brockovich. Her investigation into the ground water in Hinkley demonstrated it was contaminated with hexavalent chromium, a carcinogen, and that the source of the contamination was a PG&E facilitation.