CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2001 |
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.
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.
August 4, 1995 |
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.
November 23, 1994 |
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.
August 16, 1990 |
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.
April 1, 1990 |
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.