EPA head laments lack of clean water in San Joaquin Valley

The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that she was disappointed by the slow progress state, federal and local governments have made in bringing potable drinking water to small towns in the San Joaquin Valley.

"We've got rural communities that don't have clean water and there's no plan on how to get it to them," EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a meeting with Los Angeles Times editors and reporters.
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Zero Waste and Plastic Pollution

State Releases Draft Five-Year Water Plan

The 17-page document is designed to move the state toward more sustainable water management.

It focuses on water conservation, restoring ecosystems, water storage, flood protection, and safe drinking water.

"We've been dealing with many of these issues for many many years," says Matt Rodriquez, Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency. 

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Tell Governor Brown - DPH Can Do More

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We need Governor Brown to stand with us.  Hexavalent chromium, also known as chromium 6 – the contaminant made famous in the film Erin Brockovich – has been detected in thousands of water sources throughout California.  Yet, with a seeming lack of concern for public health, and after considerable delay, the Department of Public Health (DPH) has proposed an inadequate drinking water standard of 10 parts per billion. This is more than 500 times higher than what the State of California has determined is safe (.02 parts per billion). Based on DPH’s own data, more than 85% of the contaminated water sources in the state will not be treated under the State's proposal.

Will Fracking Suck California Dry?

In California, every drop of water counts, and every drop is contested.

The state's fishers and farmers have been at war over water for decades, battling over how to divide the water between river beds and farm fields. And Northern Californians—whose water supplies are more plentiful—live in fear of the desert neighbors to the south marching on the San Francisco Bay Delta with pipelines and straws. And then there are municipalities, which are all jockeying to secure supplies for California's nearly 40 million residents.

But now, they'll all have a new contender to jostle with: the fracking boom.
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State “Clean Up” Plan Could Leave 24 Million Californians Exposed to Potent Carcinogen

Leading Enviro Groups Call on Officials to Better Protect State’s Tap Water

Oakland, Calif. – The State of California’s proposed drinking water standard for hexavalent chromium, or chromium-6, could leave roughly 24 million residents, or more than 60 percent of the state’s population, unprotected from the known carcinogen, according to a review of the proposal by Environmental Working Group, Clean Water Action, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Center for Public Environmental Oversight and Integrated Resource Management.

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10/11/2013 - 10:41

Calif. asked to weigh what chromium-6 standard is worth

MECCA — In a fenced lot between date palm orchards and a freeway, a pump hums beside a water tank, drawing water from a well that contains traces of hazardous arsenic and chromium.

The water courses through pipes to a windowless treatment plant, where it is stripped of arsenic and chromium before it flows out to homes.

VIDEO: Water District: Removing toxins from water costly

Under a new drinking water standard proposed by the state’s Department of Public Health, water agencies will likely be required to build many more such treatment plants across California.
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