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March 1, 1987 | MARK A. STEIN, Times Staff Writer
Along the scenic Russian River, where mellow practically was invented, about the only time folks find time to worry nowadays is when it rains. And when it doesn't. The problem isn't so much the floods that seem to regularly wash over Monte Rio, Guerneville and other quaint towns in this redwood-and-whitewater resort area 60 miles north of San Francisco. The real problem is with the City of Santa Rosa--and its sewage.
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August 20, 2001 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The proposed sale of water from water-rich Imperial County to arid San Diego County, considered a key to the state's efforts to avoid a devastating cutback of how much it can take from the Colorado River, has hit a serious snag involving money and environmental concerns. The problem centers on complex and controversial efforts to devise a politically and scientifically acceptable plan to clean up the ailing Salton Sea, which straddles Imperial and Riverside counties.
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November 28, 1989 | JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Officials at the U.S. Marine Corps Logistics Base near Barstow illegally dumped barrels of hazardous waste at two landfills not licensed or equipped to accept such material, state and county environmental authorities charged Monday. At least 33 drums of allegedly toxic sandblasting waste were dumped at San Bernardino County's landfill in Barstow in early 1989, and an unknown but far greater number were buried at a base dump in nearby Yermo in previous years, investigators alleged.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The release of 150,000 gallons of chlorinated water into the San Joaquin River earlier this month was caused by human error, Manteca officials reported to state water quality officials. Chlorinated waste water began flowing from the city pipeline after a tank holding a chemical that neutralizes the chlorine before it is pumped into the river ran dry, the city's report says. An alarm used to warn when the tank was empty apparently had not been activated.
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August 20, 2001 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The proposed sale of water from water-rich Imperial County to arid San Diego County, considered a key to the state's efforts to avoid a devastating cutback of how much it can take from the Colorado River, has hit a serious snag involving money and environmental concerns. The problem centers on complex and controversial efforts to devise a politically and scientifically acceptable plan to clean up the ailing Salton Sea, which straddles Imperial and Riverside counties.
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July 17, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The tap water of at least 7 million Californians is contaminated with a chemical from rocket fuel, according to an environmental group's study. After collecting data from federal and local agencies, the Environmental Working Group found that perchlorate, a chemical that affects the thyroid, has tainted wells and river water that feeds California, and contends that suggested acceptable levels are far above where they should be.
NEWS
August 4, 1995 | FAYE FIORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When it came to a House vote last Friday on curbing the powers of the Environmental Protection Agency, California Rep. Calvin Dooley lined up with the environmentalists and helped hand them a stunning victory. By Friday night, his phone was ringing. By Monday morning, he had changed his mind. When it was all over, the Republicans had reversed a humiliating defeat.
BUSINESS
November 23, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
PUC Fines Railroad for Dunsmuir, Seacliff Spills: Southern Pacific must pay $492,000 for violations of the state's hazardous material reporting rules. The California Public Utilities Commission also set new train make-up and safety regulations for Cantara Curve near Dunsmuir, where the 1991 derailment occurred. In that accident, 14,000 gallons of herbicide went into the Sacramento River, killing all plant and animal life for 45 miles downstream.
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August 16, 1990 | DANIEL M. WEINTRAUB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Following up on their unusual 30-minute television commercial, supporters of Proposition 128--a sweeping environmental initiative--unveiled a more conventional advertisement Wednesday that conveys the campaign's message in a mere 30 seconds. The new ad for the initiative--dubbed "Big Green" by its supporters--features footage of a 4-year-old boy to highlight the ill effects of pesticides, toxic waste and water pollution on children. It began a one-week, $250,000 statewide run Wednesday night.
NEWS
April 1, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
No contaminants have been found in water samples taken from five wells in the San Joaquin Valley town of Earlimart where six childhood cancers, all involving Latino children, are being investigated, health officials have reported. Results of state testing of the community's five wells were relayed to the Town Council last week, said Jay Johnson, Tulare County environmental health specialist. "It sure was some positive news," Johnson said.
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July 17, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The tap water of at least 7 million Californians is contaminated with a chemical from rocket fuel, according to an environmental group's study. After collecting data from federal and local agencies, the Environmental Working Group found that perchlorate, a chemical that affects the thyroid, has tainted wells and river water that feeds California, and contends that suggested acceptable levels are far above where they should be.
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February 22, 2001 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Frustrated by what she called the slow response of state health officials to a suspected carcinogen, state Sen. Deborah Ortiz (D-Sacramento) said she will introduce legislation today calling for a separate standard to limit chromium 6 in California's drinking water. SB 351, co-sponsored by State Sens.
NEWS
November 11, 2000 | MARLA CONE, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
For their entire lives in a German laboratory, 101 lab mice lapped up water containing extraordinary amounts of a metallic compound. It was 1968, and scientists were trying to figure out whether chromium--widely used in industrial paints and plating materials--was dangerous in drinking water. Two of the mice developed stomach tumors so big that the mounds protruded from their bellies. All the others remained healthy.
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December 15, 1999 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Attacking the state's most insidious water pollution problem, state regulators pushed ahead with a sweeping effort Tuesday to clean up the urban runoff that has tainted California's coastline for decades. The State Water Resources Control Board voted unanimously to approve a 61-point battle plan that could rival the ongoing regulatory fight against smog in Southern California.
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December 19, 1998 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California authorities have failed to act quickly and decisively to combat threats to drinking water from the gasoline additive MTBE, a state auditor's report released Friday says. The report is the latest in a series of warnings about the additive, which has fouled some drinking water wells, including several in Santa Monica, and threatens many more in California. The report is expected to give added momentum to efforts by environmentalists and others who want to remove MTBE from gasoline.
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September 25, 1998 | From Associated Press
Nearly 2 million gallons of cow waste were illegally dumped from a Nevada dairy, snaking eight miles into a national park and river in California, according to an indictment Thursday. "As far as I know, it's the biggest dairy waste spill in the western United States," said Assistant U.S. Atty. Richard J. Cutler, lead prosecutor in the case. Court papers show that 1.
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July 10, 1990 | DEAN MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Concerned that California's beaches are being ruined by rubbish, a group of environmentalists, educators, business leaders and government officials called Monday for mandatory education courses on the environment and broadened powers for the state Coastal Commission to clean up storm drains.
NEWS
May 8, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Californians believe the state's water shortage is their most serious problem next to drugs, and 81% think more water storage facilities should be built, pollster Mervin Field's researchers reported. They also said about one-third of all Californians are suspicious of the purity of their tap water, and that almost half of the state's residents drink bottled or filtered water. The telephone survey of 1,100 California residents was conducted in late March and early April by the Field Institute.
NEWS
May 7, 1998 | MARIA L. La GANGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tiny, rural Plumas County took the unusual step this week of filing criminal charges against the state Department of Fish and Game, alleging that agency officials broke the law when they poisoned Lake Davis to get rid of the notorious northern pike. The chemical offensive in October garnered national attention and created a local furor that continues to burn.
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