Dec 17, 2018

Aerospace Manufacturer Increases Groundwater Remediation Efforts

Under the settlement, the company will expand cleanup of contaminated groundwater

Groundwater contamination cleanup underway in Burbank, Calif.
Groundwater contamination cleanup underway in Burbank, Calif.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has reached a settlement with Lockheed Martin, an aerospace technology company. Under the settlement, the company will expand cleanup efforts of contaminated groundwater in the San Fernando Basin.

According to The Los Angeles Times, Lockheed Martin will treat and transfer 1.5 billion gal of drinking water to the utility, ultimately saving ratepayers more than $170 million over the next 30 years. The utility estimates that would translate to enough water for 56,000 people a year.

“When companies contaminate our water, they ought to be the ones paying to clean it up,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “This historic settlement agreement will help clean millions of gallons of groundwater in the San Fernando Basin, and expand local supplies for years to come.”

The company was cited for groundwater pollution due to the manufacture and testing of aircraft and other industrial equipment in Burbank and the eastern area of North Hollywood dating back to the 1920s. In the resulting settlement, Lockheed Martin will build a system to transfer contaminated groundwater from North Hollywood to the water treatment plant in Burbank. Additionally, the company will pay the water utility $20 million.

“This agreement reflects a natural extension of that ongoing work,” said Kevin Pearson, director of Lockheed Martin’s environmental remediation program. “We look forward to continuing to work cooperatively with our partners in the area to meet our cleanup commitments.”

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