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By Melanie Hicken | August 25, 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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NEWS
By Melanie Hicken | June 25, 2009
Despite the loss of $2.5 million in state funding, construction has begun on two Glendale Water & Power facilities, one of which should reveal the preferred method for stripping chromium 6 from local ground water supplies, officials say. The facilities are a part of an ongoing $5-million, multi-jurisdictional research project that could shape the way the cancer-causing element is stripped from contaminated ground water throughout the nation, utility...
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By Chrisopher Cadelago | June 16, 2009
BURBANK — As their attorneys shuffle between four similar lawsuits that allege the Walt Disney Co. has for decades contaminated groundwater with cancer-causing chromium 6 and other toxic chemicals, stories of ill health from the plaintiffs are beginning to emerge. In the latest lawsuit, filed last week in Los Angeles Superior Court by the Sacramento-based firm Kershaw Cutter & Ratinoff LLP on behalf of 16 people with strong ties to the Rancho District, the plaintiffs claim Disney dumped wastewater contaminated with hexavalent chromium from its on-site cooling systems down the centerline of Parkside Avenue, toward Parish Place and across Riverside Drive into the so-called Polliwog, an 11-acre parcel near the studio’s Imagineering facilities.
LOCAL
By Christopher Cadelago | June 13, 2009
BURBANK — The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday confirmed it is evaluating the so-called Polliwog site, an 11-acre parcel at the center of two recent lawsuits that allege the Walt Disney Co. has for decades contaminated groundwater with toxic chemicals, including cancer-causing chromium 6. “The EPA has supported and will continue to support the state’s efforts to determine what if any action to take at this site,” said...
LOCAL
By Christopher Cadelago | June 11, 2009
BURBANK — The Walt Disney Co. for decades has contaminated groundwater with toxic chemicals, including cancer-causing chromium 6, according to a lawsuit filed last week in Los Angeles Superior Court. The lawsuit, brought by the watchdog group Environmental World Watch Inc. and Burbank homeowner Dennis Jackson, alleges that Disney had been dumping wastewater contaminated with hexavalent chromium from its on-site cooling systems since 1988. On Tuesday, the same Sacramento-based law firm representing Jackson and Environmental World Watch, Kershaw Cutter & Ratinoff LLP, filed another lawsuit in Superior Court expanding the number of plaintiffs against Disney for similar allegations by 16 people.
NEWS
By Jason Wells | April 30, 2009
CITY HALL — The City Council on Tuesday approved $250,000 in stopgap funding for an ongoing pilot project at the Glendale Water Treatment Plant to test cutting-edge chromium 6 filtering technology. Glendale Water & Power had sought the money in the absence of a previously approved $2.5-million state grant that was pulled earlier this year amid a protracted budget battle. With construction planned to start next month on two chromium 6 filtering facilities, the council approved the $250,000 to support operations and engineering costs through March 2010 after getting assurance from utility officials that other project stakeholders — including government agencies and private industry groups — would eventually pony up. In September, the City Council appropriated $1.8 million toward the $4-million project, which is considered to be on the frontline of efforts to extract cancer-causing chromium 6 from underground water supplies.
NEWS
By Jason Wells | September 10, 2008
CITY HALL — A $4-million project that will test two methods of chromium 6 removal technology at separate Glendale wells lurched forward Tuesday after the City Council approved a $1.8-million contract to build the facilities. The move to approve the project plans was a significant step in the city’s history of fighting underground contamination of water supplies left behind by war-era manufacturing plants along the San Fernando Road corridor. Glendale Water & Power is the lead agency in the multi-jurisdictional removal demonstration project, but has received strong support from state health officials who are developing a new threshold for levels of chromium 6 in drinking water statewide.
NEWS
By Jason Wells | September 9, 2008
CITY HALL — A multimillion-dollar, cross-jurisdictional chromium 6 removal project for Glendale wells is scheduled for a major financial boost tonight, when the City Council is expected to make official a $431,122 private industry contribution toward the effort. Glendale Respondents Group LLC — made up of more than a dozen industrial corporations such as Lockheed Martin and Honeywell that were “potentially” responsible for groundwater contamination over the past several decades — agreed to contribute the money after negotiations this summer with Glendale Water & Power, the lead agency in the ongoing chromium 6 removal research project.
NEWS
September 8, 2008
POWER GENERATOR The City Council on Tuesday will consider authorizing Glendale Water & Power officials to solicit bids for a major inspection and overhaul of a power generator at the Grayson Power Plant. The gas turbine generator has been operating since 1977 and has yet to get a complete reworking due to its relatively low amount of annual run time. An on-site inspection of the unit in 2001 revealed the need for a major inspection, but it has been put off to allow for the overhaul of four more intensely used turbines.
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