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Chromium workshop to be held in Glendale

November 01, 2000

Buck Wargo

GLENDALE -- As the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board is

about to step up its investigation of chromium 6 contamination, the

agency has announced it will hold a workshop in Glendale to spur debate

and help the public understand the chromium issue.

The board could send out letters as early as next week to more than

200 area companies to notify them that inspectors will be visiting their

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properties to determine if there is contamination on the sites, according

to Dennis Dickerson, executive director of the board. A majority of the

companies are along the Glendale and Burbank Golden State (5) Freeway

corridor, where there is a history of manufacturing.

The workshop is set for 9:30 a.m. Nov. 13 at the Hilton Glendale, 100

W. Glenoaks Blvd. It will deal with the threat of chromium 6 on the

drinking water supply, efforts to identify sources of chromium and the

status of changing chromium levels allowed in drinking water.

"There is a great deal of confusion on this issue," board chairman H.

David Nahai said. "This board meeting will hopefully shed light on these

issues.

Glendale Mayor Dave Weaver welcomed holding the workshop in the city.

Glendale has refused to take the groundwater into its drinking supply

until more is learned about the health effects of chromium 6.

"We would be happy to host it," Weaver said. "We have taken the

leadership role in chromium from Day One. It is fitting to come to this

city. We are the first one not to take the groundwater and the first one

to hire a consultant to determine the cost of cleaning up the

groundwater. We did it before Burbank, Los Angeles and San Fernando."

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