Wells Will Determine Groundwater Contamination in Southern California

February 22, 2012

Thirty wells are being installed in Burbank and Glendale in an effort to determine the extent of groundwater contamination.

Small amounts of cancer-causing chromium 6 left behind by the San Fernando Valley aircraft industry have been detected in local water wells.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency project manager Lisa Hanusiak told the Los Angeles Times that the 30 wells will be installed in areas where there are no wells.

It’s designed to determine whether chromium 6 has percolated underground to other areas.

Most of the more than $3 million project cost is being paid by businesses potentially connected to the contamination, including Lockheed Martin, PRC DeSoto, ITT Corp. and Goodrich.

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