In 1993, Erin Brockovich is an unemployed single mother of three children. Finally obtaining a job by her lawyer in his firm becoming a file clerk begins digging into the particulars of aninteresting case, persuaded that the facts simply do not add up, and convinces her employer to allow her further investigation. After inquiry, she discovers a systematic cover-up of the industrial poisoning(hexavalent chromium) of the town of Hinkley's water supply that threatens the health of the entire community. She finds that PG&E is accountable for the wide-ranging illnesses that the inhabitants ofHinkley have been diagnosed with and fights to bring the company to justice. (Hexavalent chromium is used for the manufacture of stainless steel, textile dyes, wood preservation, leather tanning, and asanti-corrosion and conversion coatings as well as a range of function uses.) Erin meets a strange man in a bar who claims that he was tasked with destroying documents at PG&E, but declined to do soafter noticing the medical conditions afflicting the workers who worked in the unlined ponds. Erin discovers a 1966 document that ties a conversation of a corporate executive in the San Francisco PG&Eheadquarters to the Hinkley station that verified the corporate headquarters knew the water was polluted and did not do anything about it and instructed the Hinkley station to keep it a secret fromthe vicinity. The evidence was examined by a judge devoid of a jury and PG&E was ordered to pay a settlement total of $333 million that was divided among the 634 plaintiffs.
Hexavalent chromium (CrVI),first of all there consists of three types of chromium: trivalent chromium, pentavalent chromium, and hexavalent chromium; the last being the utmost hazardous. Hexavalent chromium compounds aregenotoxic carcinogens and are transported into cells via the sulfate transport mechanisms, taking advantage of the similarity of sulfate and chromate with respect to their structure and charge. Chronic...
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