Survey Finds Unremarkable Cancer Rate In Hinkley

HINKLEY (AP) — A California state study has not revealed elevated cancer levels in the town of Hinkley, a small desert community whose struggles with contaminated groundwater inspired the award-winning Hollywood movie “Erin Brockovich.”

KNX 1070’s Bob Brill reports

The California Cancer Registry has completed three studies on Hinkley, where a toxic plume of cancer-causing chromium 6 is once again growing, but found that from 1988 to 2008 cancer rates remained unremarkable. The results were first reported Monday by the Los Angeles Times.

Epidemiologist John W. Morgan says the 196 cases are less than what he would expect based on demographics and the regional rate of cancer.

The 2000 movie focused on Pacific Gas & Electric’s $333 million settlement with more than 600 Hinkley residents over chromium contamination.

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  • swhit

    Time for another lawsuit!

  • Jason

    So does this mean a “Erin Brockovich” part 2?

    • Duh!

      Or better yet, do they have to give the money back to PG&E since they are not getting cancer?

      Or, are they not getting cancer because they are not drinking the water?


    The cancer incidence rates do not take into account those who grew up in a certain area, moved away, and then found they had cancer from longterm exposure. It would not be accurate to judge the toxixity on the incidence maps, unless, of course, they included those who had “long-term” exposure by spending their youths at the locale. THIS should be reported upon . . . it is a common error in reading the data.

  • tom s

    Good point about the people who moved ! I worked in enviromental health and to do a real survey you would need all the people who were in the lawsuit who moved counted along with the current residents. Along with the fact that no one in their right mind drinks local water anymore if their smart.

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