SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Today, the Governor signed Executive Order N-4-23, to allow many landowners to flood their lands, regardless if those flood waters could poison community drinking water supplies with industrial agricultural pollution or other natural contaminants.
With a well drilling backlog of 1,600 dry domestic wells in California — and with households having to wait up to 20 years for relief — failing these plans was not only the right thing to do, but the only option. At the same time, we are disappointed DWR approved other plans that fail to protect drinking water users.
In a win for current and future public health in California, Governor Gavin Newsom has signed into law AB 1817, the Safer Clothes and Textiles Act, which will curb the flow of toxic PFAS chemicals into Californians’ clothes, bodies, and environments.
All three public representatives to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District’s Emission Reduction Credit (ERC) Public Advisory Workgroup (PAW) are resigning. Along with overall frustrations with lack of accountability for systemic failures and for poor facilitation of the PAW, they are resigning in response to a two part, damning exposé from Aarón Cantú at Capital and Main showing that the fake and overvalued credits were cashed in by the oil industry to continue dangerous drilling harmful.