Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
PG&E Corp.
Current Parent Company: 
PG&E Corp.
Penalty: 
$295,000,000
Year: 
2006
Date: 
February 4, 2006
Offense Group: 
environment-related offenses
Primary Offense: 
environmental violation
Violation Description: 

Following an initial settlement of $333 million in 1996, PGE&E agreed to resolve additional claims relating to allegations that the utility was responsible for contaminating drinking water in Hinkley, California with the likely carcinogen chromium 6. These cases were made famous in the film "Erin Brockovich."

Level of Government: 
state
Action Type: 
private litigation
Court: 
Los Angeles County (California) Superior Court
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
Private Lawsuit Resolution Type: 
settlement
Facility State: 
California
HQ Country of Parent: 
USA
HQ State of Parent: 
California
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
publicly traded
Major Industry of Parent: 
utilities and power generation
Specific Industry of Parent: 
utilities
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Parent company note: 
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