June 20, 2018 Chemistry

These cases of many people couldn’t have been unheard and that’s when Erin Brokovich came into the story. Erin became wealthy and a very good lawyer soon after winning the case of Hinkley vs PG&E. the alleged chromium 6 was the main palying role in the case. Chromium is a member of the heavy metal group of iron, lead, mercury, and arsenic. Chromium 6 as well as lead, mercury and arsenic are very toxic not only to cells but also on the body tissue. Chromium typically bears a charge of +3 or +6 which is a highly- oxidized state for a metallic element.

According to the Agency for toxic Substance and Disease Registry , chromium is used in 3 main industrial areas: metallurgy ( manufacture of different metals and metal materials), refractory ( heat-resistant applications) and other chemistry applications. Basically chromium is used specifically for making stainless steel and other different metal alloys also used in orthopedic joint prosthesis, and used for many other stuff such a tanning leather, wood preservation, chrome plating, also used as an additive to make red, orange, yellow and green chrome paint pigmentation.

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Chromium-3 can play a good role but not chromium 6 , in which it can be harmful. In the case of Hinkley, PG&E was not adequately researching nor did it monitor any of the chromium that was being used to help prevent the corrosion of the cooling tower and its water at the PG&E compression station located in Hinkley. Erin Brokovich and the lawyer decided ot go into a lawsuit to help the sick people of Hinkley caused by this chromium that had spread out through the community. Many of the people of Hinkley town got tumors and cancer and they were dying from this.

Also animals were dying from this chromium spreadage. Erin and the lawyer Ed wanted PG&E to pay for all the damages. At first PG&E wanted to offer a certain amount of money but erin knew that it wouldn’t be enough to cover the xost for the familys that had been affected by the chromium. Finally after all the hardwork of erin brokovich, her work payed off more than enough. They won the settlement of 333 million dollars for the contamination of their water. Over 600 residents of Hinkley got a part of the settlement. Other lawsuits have also been made after this one.

One particular resident was mad in the fact that not every body that was victim of the chromium got a fair deal in the settlement. There was still many residents that were not included in the trial settlement and want their part in it. People were still dying from the chromium effects. Many others are still fighting for the lifes and need the right help and the money to cover all the medical costs. In the third trial it was on behalf of 140 more residents and a group of other victims from a nearby city named Kettleman.

But many of other residents were denied to take part in the third settlement. The second lawsuit also took place in the year 2000. Mike Dolan and Tom Anton are the lawyers that filed the suit. This second lawsuit included 4 wrongful deaths and 56 plaintiffs. I just wonder how come no employee of PG&E have went to prison for all the damages they have done . No money in the world can replace the death of a loved one. More justice needs to be done than just awarding the victims with money,considering that the chromium levels were ten times greater than the maximum amount allowed by law.


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