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).
July 29, 1999 |
California's coastal counties must increase their testing for ocean pollution and probably will post more warning signs near contaminated waters under regulations given final approval this week. The rules take effect nearly two years after the Legislature approved the plan that provides counties with uniform rules for measuring ocean water quality.
July 14, 1999 |
Cracking down on polluters and the regulators who police them, California has a new law toughening penalties for repeat violators of state water quality rules. Signed into law by Gov. Gray Davis just before midnight Monday, the new standards take effect Jan. 1. They come on the heels of several studies documenting lax enforcement of regulations designed to protect the state's waterways.
May 7, 1999 |
Just as Gov. Gray Davis was declaring MTBE an environmental hazard and ordering it phased out of gasoline, two oil companies were increasing amounts of the controversial additive in gas sold in Northern California. Officials at Chevron Corp. and Tosco Corp. confirmed the boost in MTBE, saying it was necessary to stretch their gasoline supply after refinery fires and marketplace factors reduced production.
December 19, 1998 |
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.
November 17, 1998 |
MTBE, the controversial gasoline additive that has contaminated ground water throughout the state, does little if anything to clean the air and should be phased out within six years, University of California researchers have concluded. The study, commissioned 10 months ago by the Legislature and governor's office, was designed to help California officials decide whether to ban the oxygenate, which refineries add to fuel to boost octane and decrease carbon monoxide emissions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1998
Rock formations, not air pollution or clear-cutting of forests, are the source of excess nitrates in some California waterways, UC Davis researchers report in today's Nature. Nitrates cause massive algal blooms that use up dissolved oxygen and lead to fish kills. Biogeochemists Randy Dahlgren and JoAnn Holloway studied 40 miles of watershed along the Mokelumne River from Kirkwood to Jackson in the Sierra Nevada.
September 25, 1998 |
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.
May 7, 1998 |
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.
April 28, 1998 |
Louie Pratt can stand on any corner, gaze out on the horizon in any direction and see cows. They are everywhere, but more important, so is their most abundant byproduct. Not milk. Manure. In California, the nation's largest milk producer, cows spew as much waste as every man, woman and child. But unlike the massive network for purifying human sewage, there are no toilets, no sewers, no treatment plants for farm animals.