“California became the first state in the nation Thursday to propose limiting a carcinogen found in drinking water throughout the state, but environmentalists say the recommended standard under the plan is too lax.
“Under rules proposed by the state Department of Public Health, hexavalent chromium, also known as chromium-6, would be capped in drinking water at a level of 10 parts per billion, 500 times higher than the limit of .02 parts per billion suggested by the state’s Environmental Protection Agency.”
“The sun was barely up at a former Cold War rocket test site when crews in hard hats, neon vests and steel-toe boots collected jars of dirt as part of an extensive effort to clean up from a partial nuclear meltdown a half century ago.
“Parties that inherited the toxic mess face a 2017 deadline to restore the sprawling hilltop complex on the outskirts of Los Angeles to its condition before chemical and radioactive wastes leached into the soil and groundwater.”
“As leaders in California’s maturing medical cannabis industry, we are well aware of the potential environmental impacts associated with cannabis cultivation. The main question coming up in relationship to these impacts is: Why aren’t cannabis cultivators held to the same guidelines and requirements as other farmers or grape growers?”
“A marijuana cultivation operation that resulted in a host of highly toxic chemicals being washed into a tributary of Coyote Creek was cleared out on Tuesday by authorities searching deep in the backcountry southeast of San Jose.”
“Cottonwoods now grow in the once-barren gulch leading from the Penn Mine, and fish no longer die by the thousands when rain runoff washes from the mine into nearby Camanche Reservoir. But there’s still plenty of evidence of the mine’s toxic past, including crusty mineral formations along creeks …
“That landfill is the heart of a $16.5 million cleanup completed in the late 1990s by state water pollution regulators and the East Bay Municipal Utility District.”
“The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday [August 8] that elevated pollutant levels in the Los Angeles and San Gabriel rivers represent a violation of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit issued under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) and are attributable to the Los Angeles County Flood Control District. The Court of Appeals’ decision in Los Angeles County Flood Control District v. Natural Resources Defense Council follows a remand from the U.S.
“It’s time for California to ban single-use plastic bags statewide.
“Plastic bags are an environmental blight and a direct threat to wildlife. A Bay Area Stormwater Management Agencies Association study found that plastic shopping bags are 8 percent of the garbage volume washing into our bay.”
“It has been three years since an Enbridge Energy pipeline ruptured beneath this small western Michigan town, spewing more than 840,000 gallons of thick oil sands crude into the Kalamazoo River and Talmadge Creek, the largest oil pipeline failure in the country’s history.”
“A small community of Paiute Indians who for decades have lived in the shadow of a coal-fired power plant used to pump water through California aqueducts is suing to force the plant’s owners to clean up the toxic mess left behind, and they’ve got some powerful allies.”
What began as a Butte County request that state water regulators take part in fighting pollution generated by marijuana growers has resulted in the creation of a task force to formulate a statewide policy on the issue.
“Wednesday, Butte County officials, representatives of Gov.
From a Sacramento Bee commentary by Assemblyman Dan Logue:
“Regardless of how you may feel about marijuana, we should all be able to agree that the state’s environmental laws should be applied equally to both pot and non-pot farmers. … Unfortunately, public confidence in the state agency in charge of protecting much of the Sacramento Valley’s water, due to concerns for safety, is hampered by not applying these rules equally.
“A meeting today [August 6 in Oroville] on how water quality regulations could be used to fight problem pot gardens ended with the participants saying the discussion was ‘frank and useful’ but revealing few details about what was said.
“At its core, the discussion was about what the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board staff could do in the fight against water pollution that is a result of both legal and illegal marijuana gardens in Butte County.
“A state environmental health agency has issued its first-ever set of statewide guidelines for eating fish from California’s lakes and reservoirs, including many in Northern California and the Sierra.
“The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment’s advisories are meant to help the public decide what fish can be safely eaten – especially from hundreds of lakes and for reservoirs that have not had fish consumption advisories established.”
“The Sacramento Bee fully supports granting the EPA more authority over toxic substances, but not at the expense of California’s ability to regulate dangerous chemicals, pesticides, cosmetics, greenhouse gas and toxic flame retardants.”
“The state affirmed on Thursday its efforts to develop the nation’s first safe drinking water standard for the cancer-causing chemical chromium-6, in the wake of a California court’s order to establish a limit for the carcinogen made famous in the film ‘Erin Brockovich.’
“An Alameda County Superior Court judge on July 18 set an interim deadline for the agency to unveil a proposed standard — or what officials call a maximum contaminant level — for chromium-6 by the end of August.”