Erin Brockovich, chromium and cancer
The potential risk posed by chromium 6 in drinking water has become a topic of heated debate since the 1990s, when legal clerk Erin Brockovich discovered evidence that the carcinogen had leaked from a Pacific Gas & Electric natural-gas plant into the groundwater in Hinkley, Calif.
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â€œThey have done three assessments now of the census track that includes Hinkley and have found no excess in the number of cancers,â€ he said.
The surveys did not attempt to look at a link between chromium 6 and cancer or any other reason for the cases it detected, August said. â€œThis is just simply looking at is there an excess number of cases of cancer in Hinkley.â€
The survey, August said, doesn't change California's conclusion formed when â€œErin Brockovichâ€ was released: â€œChromium 6 is still a drinking water contaminant and should be removed.â€
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