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Erin Brockovich

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  1. Introduction
  2. Pacific Gas & Electric Co
  3. Erin Brockovich
  4. Conclusion

?Erin Brockovich,? is a film that stirred echoes in my mind about the capacities of human nature. Erin herself, as represented in the movie, was an American legal clerk with no formal legal training. Through her involvement in the law firm of Masry, she becomes an advocate for environmental activism and awareness. She was a front-runner and very instrumental in the discovery of groundwater contamination in the town of Hinkley, California.

Through her curiosity, hard work, and perseverance for uncovering the truth, it came to light that Pacific Gas & Electric, Co. was found guilty for allowing Hexavalent Chromium, or ?Cr-6? to seep into, and throughout the town of Hinkley, California. In the Hinkley Compressor Station, which is a part of a natural gas pipeline which connects to the San Francisco Bay area, the Cr-6 was used to fight corrosion in the cooling tower. The waste water essentially dissolved the Cr-6 and was discharged at various unlined ponds, which further dissolved into groundwater affecting nearby areas. According to information taken from epidemiological studies, the Average Cr-6 levels in Hinkley were recorded as 1.9ppb, peaking to 3.09ppb. The PG&E compressor station had maintained levels of 7.8ppb, peaking to 31.8ppb. The goal according to California's standards in 2011 was listed as being 0.02ppb.

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