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Water board passes Disney on chromium 6
A water quality panel in Los Angeles told the Walt Disney Co. it would take no action over suspected hexavelent chromium pollution of local water supplies.
The Regional Water Quality Control Board of Los Angeles wrote to the company to say its “Regional Board staff has reviewed the report and finds that heavy metals, including hexavelent chromium, are within regulatory guidelines for industrial and commercial land use scenario — the current designated zoning of the site,” referring to its Burbank, Calif., campus.
The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday that the investigation of the local water supplies and possible contamination began in October 2010 after a questionnaire revealed that a toxic chemical, chromium 6, was “used and stored at (Disney’s) 500 South Buena Vista facility.”
The board also said that Disney had failed to comply with a probe into water quality that was attempted 20 years earlier.
In response to the investigation just concluded, Disney hired a consulting firm that said chromium 6 was “detected in 97 of 139 soil samples”, but that ground water samples were not in violation of state standards.
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