The Burbank Leader is reporting that Burbank based Walt Disney Studios is being sued by Environmental World Watch and 4 residents of Burbank for polluting the local area and ground water with chromium 6.
Chromium 6 is the same chemical that PG&E used that poisoned the land and groundwater of Hinkley, California, and was later featured as part of the main storyline for the movie 'Erin Brockovich'.
Disney officials have denied using Chromium 6, and have presented a soil investigation report conducted by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control conducted in October 2006. The CDTSC that found chromium levels in the area were “below levels of concern” and well within California and Environmental Protection Agency regulations.
The Platiffs are contending that the Disney Studios has been adding Chromium 6 to pumped groundwater that the studios uses for its air conditioning systems. The water is then sent through disposal pipes out to the intersection of Keystone st and Parkside Ave, going into the ground under Polliwog Park, then being emptied into the Los Angeles River. Soil samples taken at these locations found unhealthy levels of Chromium at depths up to 25 feet.
Lawyers for Disney recently tried to have the case dismissed citing that the plainiffs can not prove that the Chromium came from the Disney Studios, but U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson denied Disney's motion.
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