Contaminated 'Erin Brockovich' Town's Residents Face Deadline to Sell Homes

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Residents of Hinkley, Calif., are facing a deadline today to decide whether to sell their homes to the power company that polluted their desert town, or stay and accept a water treatment system installed at no charge.

Pacific Gas & Electric is giving the choice to 314 homeowners who live within one mile of a chromium 6 contaminated plume. They have until the end of today to decide.

The contentious relationship between Hinkley and PG&E was sparked after scientists found hexavalent chromium 6 in the local wells, a result of pollution caused by the c