Stanislaus cities among those exceeding new state standard for hexavalent chromium in water

A long debate over how much hexavalent chromium is too much in drinking water resurfaced last week as state health leaders produced the nation’s first drinking water standard.

Although the carcinogen has shown up in water wells throughout Stanislaus, Merced and San Joaquin counties in higher concentrations than most other places throughout the United States, the new standard suggests Modesto has little to worry about. Some wells in Patterson, Newman and Los Banos, however, have produced samples that would not meet maximum contaminant levels.
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California Fails to Protect Drinking Water from Toxic “Erin Brockovich” Chemical

State’s New Standard 500 Times Higher Than Cal EPA’s Safe Level

SAN FRANCISCO (April 15, 2014) – The California Department of Public Health today announced its final drinking water standard for the toxic chemical hexavalent chromium made infamous in the film Erin Brockovich. The state’s new Maximum Contaminant Level of 10 parts per billion is 500 times greater than the level identified as safe by the California Environmental Protection Agency.

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04/15/2014 - 06:47

Canvass Director and Assistant Canvass Director Positions Now Available

Clean Water Action is the nation’s largest grassroots group focused on water, energy and environmental health.  Clean Water Action’s 1 million members participate in Clean Water Action’s programs for clean, water, prevention of health-threatening pollution, and creation of environmentally-safe jobs and businesses.  Clean Water Action’s nonpartisan campaigns empower people to make democracy work.

Keeping drugs out of California’s waterways

We Can Keep Drugs Out of CA's Waterways

Environmental and public health risks of unused medications

We are fortunate to live at a time when medical advances, including the development of antibiotics and other types of drugs, have enhanced and lengthened human life. Unused  medications, however, pose some risks to human health and the environment that are not widely recognized. When they get into the wrong hands, unused medications can lead to drug abuse and accidental poisonings. Pharmaceuticals are also ending up in our waterways, including drinking water sources.

Fracking Boom Would Increase California’s Earthquake Danger

On Shaky Ground - Get the ReportSAN FRANCISCO— Oil companies are increasing California’s earthquake risk by injecting billions of gallons of oil and gas wastewater a year into hundreds of disposal wells near active faults around Los Angeles, Bakersfield and other major cities, according to a new report from Earthworks, the Center for Biological Diversity and Clean Water Action.

A boom in hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in California would worsen the danger of earthquakes, the report finds, by greatly increasing oil wastewater production and underground injection. Extracting the Monterey Shale’s oil could produce almost 9 trillion gallons of contaminated wastewater, the report estimates. That could expose California to a surge in damaging earthquakes like those seen in Oklahoma, Texas, and other states experiencing rapidly increased fracking and wastewater production.

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03/13/2014 - 09:00

Mind the Store

Mind the StoreAs the campaign to reform U.S. chemical safety policies continues on its multi-year path to update our laws in Congress, Clean Water Action has joined a related effort seeking leadership in safer chemicals and safer products from top retailers across the nation – the Mind the Store campaign.

Water Advocates Support State Drug Take-Back Bill

Oakland - Clean Water Action has signed on as a co-sponsor to State Senator Hannah Beth Jackson’s Senate Bill 1014. This bill will require drug manufacturers to develop, support, and implement programs for consumers to safely dispose of unused household medications similar to programs the industry implements in Canada and various European countries.

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03/11/2014 - 06:58

Don't Frack California! Rally

Report and Pictures coming soon!

On March 15th, thousands of Californians came together in Sacramento to demand a halt to fracking in our state. It’s time to stand up and tell our leaders: “Don’t Frack California!” In the midst of the worst drought on record and a major climate crisis, Governor Brown has failed to stand up to the oil industry and its plans for expansion in California. We joined our allies across the state with a unified message for the Governor and we hope you can join us. 

For more information on fracking and oil drilling in California, click here

For information on the new bill to halt fracking in California, SB 1132, click here

Testimony in the CA State House - 2014 Water Bond

Clean Water Action's Jennifer Clary testifying at the February 11th Senate Natural Resources and Water hearing on SB848, a proposed $6.875 billion water bond intended for the November 2014 ballot.


Watsonville officials peg cost of proposed drinking water rule in the millions

WATSONVILLE -- Watsonville officials say a proposed state regulation to tighten a drinking water standard would cost the city more than $26 million to install a treatment system and another $1.7 million each year for operations.

Consumer water bills would skyrocket 78 percent to cover the cost to meet the standard for the carcinogenic chromium 6 at eight of 12 municipal wells, according to city officials.

The City Council will consider a resolution Tuesday calling for the state to re-evaluate the cost versus benefit, and if the California Department of Public Health proposed regulation is adopted, to give cities additional time and funding to comply.
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