CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2001 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2001 |
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.
November 11, 2000 |
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.
June 1, 2000 |
California's new plan for limiting toxic pollutants in rivers, bays and other waterways has "gaping loopholes" and should be rescinded, a coalition of environmental groups charged in a lawsuit filed against the state water board. The long-awaited plan, adopted two months ago, provides instructions for how the state will regulate industries and public sewage-treatment plants that discharge 126 toxic compounds, including mercury, dioxins and pesticides.
December 15, 1999 |
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.
October 27, 1999 |
Calling for tougher regulations of pesticides, a public interest group says government data show the levels of some chemicals found in California drinking water sources exceed health guidelines. "The detections are not an indication that people are at a serious health risk," said Brad Heavner, author of a report on pesticides for the California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG).