“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.”
“With parts of Northern California’s scenic hillsides illegally gouged by bulldozers for marijuana grows, frustrated local officials asked the state for help to protect streams and rivers from harmful sediment and the chemicals used on the pot plants.
“They hoped to charge growers under federal and state clean water regulations with tougher penalties than the infractions local officials could impose.
“This town’s [Hinkley's] contaminated groundwater plume has expanded on its western boundaries, reinforcing water regulators’ fears that Pacific Gas & Electric Co.’s efforts to create a barrier are floundering, a map made public Wednesday shows.
“‘This is definitely a concern,’ said Lauri Kemper, assistant executive officer of the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board, the state agency that oversees the cleanup and containment of Hinkley’s water, contaminated by chromium-6, a carcinogen.”
“The city of Carson has declared a local emergency over contamination in a sprawling housing tract, ratcheting up the pressure on Shell Oil to cleanse the neighborhood of the toxic chemicals found in the soil around homes.
“After threatening to cut off funding to California earlier this spring because the state had been so slow to improve its drinking water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the state’s revised spending plan.”
“Carson city officials are seeking to declare a local emergency in an effort to pressure the state and an oil company to expedite the cleanup of a contaminated housing tract where residents have been advised not to eat vegetables or fruit from their yards and limit contact with the soil around their homes.”