HINKLEY, Calif. (AP) — New research is planned to determine how much of the chromium-6 contamination in a Mojave Desert town comes from utility operations and how much comes from nature.
The San Bernardino Sun says (http://bit.ly/16OzwBn ) the study in Hinkley is expected to start next year and conclude in 2018.
The regional water board commissioned the analysis after an earlier study looking at the issue was determined to be seriously flawed by a panel of experts hired by the state of California.
During the 1950s and 1960s, Pacific Gas & Electric used chromium-6 to kill algae at its Hinkley natural gas pumping station. The plume of contaminated groundwater has been growing ever since.
Decades later the utility reached a $333 million settlement with residents over illnesses that the movie "Erin Brockovich" made famous.
Information from: The Sun, http://www.sbsun.com
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