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By Jason Wells | August 21, 2008
NORTHWEST GLENDALE — Federal authorities Tuesday announced an agreement with the owner of a former aircraft painting and metal finishing site on the San Fernando Road corridor to investigate potential chromium 6 cleanup strategies. The investigation at 711 W. Broadway will determine the extent of chromium 6 contamination at the former site of the Drilube Company. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Drilube used a number of toxic elements during its operations from 1945 to 2004.
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NEWS
August 11, 2008
The following items will be discussed at Tuesday?s Glendale City Council meeting: ? Citing a slew of economic factors, the council is slated to consider asking the state for $500,000 in additional grant money to cover the cost of its chromium 6 water treatment facilities. The council initially requested and received $2 million. Because of increased building costs of the yet-to-be-built facility and the needs and scope of the chromium 6 treatment research program, officials are asking for more money, which would bring the total grant amount to $2.5 million.
NEWS
By Jason Wells | June 21, 2008
GLENDALE — Chromium 6 remains the city’s most problematic contaminant in underground water supplies, according to Glendale Water & Power’s water quality report for 2007. The report, to be mailed to customers beginning Tuesday, details the level of contaminants detected in Glendale’s water supply based on thousands of tests taken throughout 2007. With levels of industrial chromium 6 contamination below five parts per billion citywide, it does not pose a health risk, officials said, but it continues to be a source of worry for the region as state officials develop a potentially “very low” threshold for the toxic element in local water supplies.
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By Jason Wells | May 23, 2008
GLENDALE ? Lockheed Martin has agreed to investigate the extent of chromium 6 contamination at the northwest Glendale site of a former electronic weapons systems manufacturer that the Maryland-based aerospace company acquired in 1996, federal officials said. The investigation will be closely monitored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which announced the agreement Monday after four months of negotiations with Lockheed Martin. ?Lockheed?s been very cooperative,? said Bob Fitzgerald, an EPA project manager, adding that while his agency sets the investigative criteria, ?
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By Jason Wells | March 26, 2008
GLENDALE — A $2-million state grant to help fund two pilot chromium 6 treatment facilities in Glendale has been approved, filling a major funding hole in the cross-jurisdictional effort to remove the toxic element from local aquifers, water officials said. Glendale Water & Power officials received a letter of commitment from the state Department of Water Resources late last week, and are planning to officially announce the funding boost later this week. “Up until now we were looking to a promise — at this point, we have a guarantee,” said Peter Kavounas, water service administrator for the utility.
NEWS
March 11, 2008
NORTHWEST GLENDALE — State and federal environmental regulators on Monday assured San Fernando Valley residents that the water supply is safe, even as regional water officials work to remove chromium 6 from local aquifers. Speaking at a public water quality workshop at the Glendale Civic Auditorium, Wayne Nastri, an administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, reaffirmed the importance of an ongoing, cross-jurisdictional effort to track and remove chromium 6 contamination from valley industrial sites and, eventually, the groundwater.
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