BURBANK (CBS) — The cancer-causing chemical made infamous in a Hollywood blockbuster is now the focus of a widening federal investigation in the San Fernando Valley.
KNX 1070′s Ed Mertz reports wells will soon be installed in Burbank and Glendale to track the spread of a potentially toxic agent in the groundwater.
“We know that there’s hexavalent chromium contamination within the San Fernando basin, the groundwater basin,” said Lisa Hanusiack with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Hanusiack said the EPA plans to install 30 wells to track the levels of chromium-6, the chemical compound made famous by the 2000 Julia Roberts film “Erin Brokovich”.
The wells will start near the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank and extend east into Los Angeles and Glendale to find “where the contamination originated”, Hanusiak said.
And while the EPA has already acknowledged the presence of chromium-6 in the area, Hanusiak reassured residents of those communities that there is no need for alarm.