January 3, 2011

PSSST...SHE WAS THE PHILISTINE:

She was the single mother who claimed her town was poisoned by its water supply... but was Erin Brockovich wrong? (Paul Bracchi and Barbara Mcmahon, 3rd January 2011, Daily Mail)

Today, however, more than a ­decade on from one of the most ­celebrated ‘David and Goliath’ legal battles of recent times, a less flattering assessment is emerging.

Fresh scientific evidence has come to light that casts doubt on Brockovich’s claims that PG&E was ­responsible for the continuing ­legacy of ill-health in Hinkley.

That evidence is contained in a new survey by the California Cancer ­Registry and its key, controversial finding that the number of people diagnosed with cancer in the ­Hinkley area between 1996 and 2008 was not only not excessive, but was lower than would normally be expected for a town of its size — 196 cancer cases over the 12-year period of the study, when the statistical expectation for the region was 224.

This raises a haunting question: Could Erin Brockovich have been wrong all along?

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Posted by Orrin Judd at January 3, 2011 5:38 PM
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