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By Brittany Levine, | December 18, 2011
The costs keep piling up as a project to study chromium 6 removal becomes a bigger expense than expected for Glendale, which has been trudging through nine years of research to strip the cancer-causing contaminant from groundwater. Although the City Council on Tuesday approved spending another $400,000 to continue research at two testing facilities - just two months after they gave the green light to spend $550,000 in grant and state funding on more research - some city officials are getting antsy.
By Jason Wells, | July 27, 2011
Glendale Water & Power on Wednesday announced that it had received $400,000 to continue its work in testing two methods for stripping underground water of chromium 6. The utility has been the lead agency in a coalition of stakeholders testing two high-tech methods for stripping underground contaminated with the cancer-causing element left behind largely by the San Fernando Road corridor's former aerospace manufacturing industry. The latest grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Reclamation.
January 12, 2011
State sends $1.9M for chromium 6 project Glendale Water & Power officials on Tuesday announced that they had received a long-awaited state reimbursement for $1.9 million toward ongoing efforts to remove chromium 6 from underground aquifers. As of July, Glendale had received just $50,000 of the state's $2.5-million pledge for the project, in which utility officials are working with a coalition of stakeholders to determine which of two filtering processes are more efficient and effective for widespread use. The outcome could have broad implications nationwide for how governments and utilities filter cancer-causing hexavalent chromium from underground water.
By Melanie Hicken, | December 18, 2010
CITY HALL — Glendale Water & Power officials are pushing to expand a multimillion-dollar chromium 6 removal project after long-stalled state funding was freed up. The stalled grant reimbursements from the state had prompted utility officials to threaten suspending operations at the two test facilities, a move that would have been a major setback for a project that could end up having far-reaching implications for how agencies strip the...
By Megan O'Neil, | November 17, 2010
When Clark Magnet High School student Saro Meguerdijian learned last spring about the presence of hexavalent chromium in local groundwater, he began mentally working through a solution. Hexavalent chromium, a cancer-causing carcinogen also known as chromium 6, cannot be removed from water with a traditional filter. "I realized that while standard filtration might fail to remove miniscule hexavalent chromium ions, a negatively charged surface, which would be sticky to positive ions, could remove hexavalent chromium ions," Saro said.
By Melanie Hicken, | September 13, 2010
CITY HALL — Regional water officials have been discussing progress on a Glendale Water & Power chromium 6 removal project, as the utility awaits millions in reimbursement from the state. Last week, the advisory committee for the $5-million multi-jurisdictional research project met to receive an update on its final phase — facilities testing two methods for stripping the cancer-causing contaminant from the water supply. Committee members said the long-awaited information would help agencies across the state determine the most cost-effective methods for the contaminant's removal.
By Melanie Hicken, | July 13, 2010
CITY HALL — Stalled reimbursements for a multi-million dollar chromium 6 removal project could lead Glendale Water & Power officials to suspend the operation, they said. Because the chromium-stripping facilities have been turned on, levels of the cancer-causing element in water drawn through local wells have edged down, officials said. Still, utility officials say they are considering halting the $5-million multi-jurisdictional facility until the California Department of Water Resources makes good its $2.5-million pledge.
By Melanie Hicken | January 17, 2010
CITY HALL — The much-touted testing of two chromium 6 removal methods is scheduled to begin next month, even as millions in reimbursement money remain up in the air as a result of the state budget crisis, Glendale Water & Power officials said. The testing is the final phase in a $5-million multi-jurisdictional research project that utility officials have said could shape the way agencies nationwide remove the cancer-causing element, also known as hexavalent chromium, from local water supplies.
By Christopher Cadelago | October 24, 2009
MEDIA DISTRICT — A federal judge in Los Angeles refused to dismiss a lawsuit accusing Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. of polluting the surrounding area with chromium 6. U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson on Monday denied the company’s motion to dismiss the claims of Environmental World Watch and four residents who contend that the contamination violates the Clean Water Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Disney officials...
By Melanie Hicken | August 26, 2009
CITY HALL — With the state moving closer to significantly lower drinking water standards for chromium 6, local utilities could be forced to institute expensive treatment practices to strip the contaminant from water supplies. The contaminant, also known as hexavalent chromium, was discovered in 2000 in groundwater supplies in the San Fernando basin — a byproduct of war-era manufacturing plants along the San Fernando corridor. Currently, utilities for Glendale and Burbank blend the water with untainted imports from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, keeping what flows from the tap well within state and federal safety thresholds.
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