• March 13, 2013    

    On tonight’s NewsHour, Miles O’Brien reports on the decline of Hinkley, Calif., the town featured in the movie Erin Brockovich. Here’s the not-so-Hollywood version of what really happened in Hinkley and beyond. Continue reading

  • March 13, 2013  

    In part one of a two-part series Miles O’Brien travels to Hinkley, Calif., the town featured in the movie Erin Brockovich, for its multi-million battle over contaminated groundwater. O’Brien reports on the investigation into the chemical Chromium-6, the agency that regulates it and industry’s influence on the process. Continue reading

  • A water pipe rises from the ground in Hinkley, Calif., where groundwater is contaminated with hexavalent chromium.
    February 13, 2013  

    In September 2010, scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency came to a startling conclusion: Even a small amount of a chemical compound commonly found in tap water may cause cancer. More than 70 million Americans drink traces of chromium every day, according to the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit research organization. Continue reading