California News

Senators Portantino and Gonzalez Introduce Clean Water Legislation to Monitor PFAS Chemical Contamination

February 18, 2020

“Understanding the full extent of PFAS contamination in California's drinking water is critical to both protect the public and enable us to make the most cost-effective decisions about water treatment,” said Andria Ventura, toxics program manager for Clean Water Action. “We don't want to have to keep rethinking technical investments because we didn't have a full understanding of the problem.  That's not fair to water systems or ratepayers.”

Clean Water Action: New Reporting Reveals the Oil Industry Still Injecting into Protected Groundwater in California

August 20, 2019

“It’s unacceptable that oil companies are still injecting toxic wastewater into potential drinking water sources, in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act. Despite significant progress by state agencies in recent years to improve California’s Underground Injection Control program, the oil and gas industry still has far too much influence. State regulators need to stand up to fossil fuel interests and take more aggressive action to protect our water."

Clean Water Action California Responds to EPA’s PFAS Plan With Call for More Comprehensive Regulation at The State Level

February 14, 2019

On February 14th, 2019, the EPA announced its “PFAS Action Plan” which follows up on four commitments announced in May but misses numerous opportunities to use EPA authority to address PFAS chemica

Polluting Oil Wastewater Facility Finally Closing After Settlement With Environmental and Community Groups

February 11, 2019

More than two years after agreeing to stop polluting groundwater near Bakersfield, Valley Water Management Company (VWMC) has announced that it has stopped dumping contaminated oil and gas wastewat

Berkeley Unanimously Passes Groundbreaking Disposable Free Dining Ordinance

January 24, 2019

BERKELEY, Calif. – The Berkeley, CA City Council has taken an important step to drastically reduce the amount of disposable foodware coming out of the doors of the city’s restaurants.