In San Bernardino County, California, authorities found a live pipe bomb along a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. pipeline last month, near the site of one of the state’s most highly publicized environmental disasters.
The county sheriff’s bomb unit disabled the bomb, which was discovered Dec. 10 near a PG&E facility in the Mojave Desert town of Hinkley, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Jodi Miller. Investigators haven’t identified any suspects, she said.
In the 1950s and ’60s, PG&E pipeline workers dumped cleaning chemicals containing a cancer-causing substance, chromium-6, at Hinkley, contaminating the well water on which the town relies. Hinkley’s long legal fight to force PG&E to clean up the mess was the subject of the 2000 Julia Roberts film, “Erin Brockovich.”