“Success produces confidence; confidence

relaxes industry, and negligence ruins the

reputation which accuracy had raised.”

–Ben Jonson

The Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) was operating from Hinkley, California, from the time period of 1952 to 1966. During their operation time there, the company dumped over 370 million gallons of hexavalent chromium contaminated water into ponds that had not been lined to prevent seepage. Slowly and surely, the toxic water reached the underground water source and tainted it as well, resulting in the distribution of toxic water. The people of the area had adverse reactions and developed health problems like cancer, DNA alterations, nosebleeds and skin irritations, all of which were passed down from one generation to the next. PG&E actively tried to cover up its operations through destroying paperwork, lying to the population and bribing those that came close to finding out. While there was a law-suit filed and the company was found guilty, the town’s population steadily declined still. Now, it is on its way to becoming a ghost town because of serious environmental hazards.