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|Date:||22 Jan 2001 23:00:08 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] "Lockheed Linked to Chromium 6 Pollution"|
http://www.latimes.com/news/science/environ/20010121/t000006173.html Sunday, January 21, 2001 Lockheed Linked to Chromium 6 Pollution Aquifer: Records and witnesses indicate an old plant used the rust inhibitor, then discharged it into the ground, called common practice at the time. By ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, JEAN GUCCIONE, Times Staff Writers LA Times Searching for the source of contamination in local water supplies, officials say they have found evidence suggesting that Lockheed Martin Corp. discharged chromium 6-laced water directly into the San Fernando Valley aquifer. Reviewing old records and probing the memories of water quality workers now in their 70s and 80s, officials have zeroed in on waste water discharges at Lockheed's former Plant B-1. It was the heart of the firm's defense production from the 1930s through the Cold War. The findings could make Lockheed liable for millions of dollars in costs to clean up the aquifer, which supplies 15% of Los Angeles' drinking water. "It's our understanding that Lockheed used chromium 6 that was later injected into ground water, using wells on their property," said Mel Blevins, the court-appointed watermaster who oversees ground water pumping rights for the upper Los Angeles River basin. continued... http://www.latimes.com/news/science/environ/20010121/t000006173.html ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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