Hinckley groundwater contamination is an environmental case that was experienced in California in which allegations stated that Pacific Gas & Electric Company(PG&E) dumped wastewater which was contaminated with chromium-6 (chromium-6 is a well-known carcinogen that has been existing since 1925). In 1952, a compressor station was established by the company near Hinckley town. Since then, PG&E has been making use of chromium-6 in its cooling systems as a corrosion inhibitor. Water which was contaminated got discharged into the pools which were unlined. As a result, the contaminated water leaked to the aquifer that was conveying water to the residents of the town. This leakage remained from 1952 to 1972 when PG&E lined the discharging pools (pearl, 2015).
The incident was brought to a permanent end through some interagency interactions. For instance, the government of California played a significant role in 1977 when it came up with
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