August 27, 2012
The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board has concluded an investigation into contamination on the site of the Walt Disney Studios, a senior board official said. The agency's decision comes a day after The Times reported the board, along with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency , was investigating whether a vintage air conditioning system and cooling towers at Disney were the source of groundwater and soil contamination from chromium 6, a cancer -causing heavy metal.
October 7, 2000
Paul Clinton BURBANK -- In the face of mounting public concern about chromium 6 in the drinking water, city and county officials said they are moving to lower levels of the chemical in the San Fernando Valley Aquifer. Earlier this week, officials said that tests conducted on tap water at 110 county facilities revealed unexpectedly high levels of the carcinogen chromium 6, with the highest reading coming from the Burbank Health Center at 110 W. Magnolia Blvd.
March 5, 2003
Tim Willert A toxicologist who resigned under protest from a blue-ribbon panel charged with determining the dangers of chromium 6 in drinking water, including Burbank's, testified last week the panel's report should not be used as a basis for establishing public-health standards. Joseph Froines, a professor of toxicology for the UCLA School of Public Health, and the first scientist named to the panel, told a hearing of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee that the state- sponsored study was too limited in its scope and depth and didn't acknowledge the uncertainties of its research.
December 2, 2000
Irma Lemus BURBANK -- Although new test results show higher chromium 6 levels present in William McKinley Elementary School's water, district and city officials are warning parents to not panic. Chromium 6 levels at McKinley went from 9 parts per billion to 12 parts per billion, according to a second round of test results released at Tuesday's City Council meeting. Five Burbank schools were among 12 locations, including city facilities such as City Hall and community libraries, that were tested Nov. 14. The same locations were first tested on Oct. 19. After the first test, McKinley parents criticized the district because they were not told chromium 6 had been detected in the water.
October 4, 2000
Buck Wargo BURBANK -- Chromium 6 may have been in the ground for decades but has only recently found its way into the drinking water supply, according to the state official overseeing an investigation of how the pollutant got there. No chromium 6 was found in the ground water when a federal Superfund investigation began in the mid-1980s, said Dixon Oriola, a senior engineering geologist at the Regional Water Quality Control Board, which is investigating the source of the contamination.
November 25, 2000
Irma Lemus BURBANK --Angered by what some are calling a lack of information from the Burbank Unified School District, parents of William McKinley Elementary School students are urging greater disclosure of chromium 6 levels found at schools. Aracely Taris, whose 7-year-old son, Andrew, attends McKinley, said she was oblivious to the issue until a Nov. 9 letter from the school stated students could bring bottled water with them. "It really upsets me, because the flier didn't say anything about chromium 6 being found in the water.
October 6, 2001
Laura Sturza BURBANK -- While federal standards for chromium 6 are set at 100 parts per billion, and California's are at 50 parts per billion, Burbank Water and Power and the City Council will continue to work toward their goal of 5 parts per billion, officials said. Since last December, Burbank's samples have ranged from 3 to 13 parts per billion, said Fred Lantz, BWP assistant general manager for water. To meet the goal of 5 parts per billion, BWP took one well out of production that was registering levels of 25 parts per billion or more, still below both federal and state standards.
August 30, 2000
Buck Wargo and Paul Clinton BURBANK -- As state and federal water regulators begin drafting safety standards for a cancer-causing form of chromium found in Burbank wells, city officials are reassuring residents that it's still safe to drink the water. City water officials have long known about the presence of hexavalent chromium, also known as chromium 6, in city wells. However, by the time water reaches Burbank businesses and homes it has been diluted enough to meet health standards, Public Service Department Assistant Manager Fred Lantz said.
June 17, 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.
October 26, 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...