Hollywood hot spots have a reputation for being the most polluted places in the world.
That reputation has come under renewed scrutiny after a study by a Virginia-based think tank showed that water and chemicals were leaching into the air from some of the most heavily polluted areas.
The study by the University of Virginia and the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that chemicals leached into air near the Hollywood and Vineyards in Virginia, which are home to the nation’s two most expensive movie theaters.
EWG, a nonpartisan group, said that, in some cases, water and water-contaminated soil was leaking from water treatment plants at the two movie theaters, where thousands of jobs depend on the production of big-budget films.
The EWG report, which was based on air samples collected from the two facilities, concluded that “the most polluted areas in the region” include:The EWGs findings come as the industry grapples with the fallout from the pollution that spilled over into the movie theaters and the toxic water that leaked into the local drinking water supply.
As of June 1, there were nearly 1,300 air and water samples taken in the two Virginia-area locations.
More than half of the samples were from water and soil contamination that is the result of chemical and wastewater runoff from water-treatment plants, and a third were from soil and sediment contamination from industrial sources.
Water contamination in Virginia has also been identified at three other locations in Virginia:The first was in South Carolina, where air samples were taken in May from two locations that have been contaminated by toxic wastewater from the water treatment plant at the Hampton Roads site of the city’s former rail station.
The second was in Pennsylvania, where the EWG found high levels of a toxic chemical in soil and groundwater that is used to treat water.
The EWG also found high amounts of an industrial chemical known as “fume,” which is used as a byproduct of chemical processing to make fertilizer.
The chemicals were detected in soil samples at the former Hormel plant in East Hartford, and soil samples from the former Westinghouse plant in West Hartford.
The third and final location in Virginia that the EWGs study examined was in Norfolk, where more than 70 percent of the water samples were collected from a landfill that sits on top of the former Southam nuclear power plant.
It is home to two large coal-fired power plants that power the city and are also heavily used by industry.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has been trying to address the water contamination issue in the wake of the spill, which occurred in May.
In April, the state announced that it was banning fracking in public areas.
In May, the Virginia Board of Environmental Quality ordered all public water systems in the state to flush toilets and filter wastewater from their water supplies.
In June, the Department of Environmental Protection ordered Virginia Power and Light to shut down all of its nuclear plants and water treatment facilities, which were responsible for about a third of the state’s total water use.
In Virginia, Gov.
McAuliffe has also made efforts to clean up the water in parts of the country that were contaminated by nuclear waste, including parts of Tennessee, where about 30,000 gallons of radioactive waste were stored at the Savannah River Site.