San Francisco Chronicle – October 25
Environmentalists who accused AB&I Foundry, a steel pipe company in East Oakland, of releasing carcinogenic chemicals into the air in surrounding low-income neighborhoods in December, ruled in Alameda County Superior Court on October 25. filed a new lawsuit against the same company for making public appearances. Nuisance due to emissions. The plaintiff also alleges that the situation was exacerbated by the Bay Area Air Management District giving the foundry more than six years to comply with air pollution standards it was due to meet by the end of 2022. is doing. Attorney General Rob Bonta said he sued the company in February. It is suspected that emissions of hexavalent chromium, a carcinogenic chemical that is associated with various health problems, exceeded legal standards. The lawsuit does not seek damages, only a court order requiring AB&I and the Aviation District to follow the law and shut down the plant immediately unless it complies with emissions standards. The foundry already closed in January, and he plans to move operations to Texas.
Los Angeles Times – October 27
California communities exposed to toxic dust by dry lake beds have found themselves at the center of tensions between Arizona and California over ways to conserve water along the overloaded Colorado River. Rep. Mark Kelly (D-Arizona) has called on the federal government to withhold funds for environmental cleanup of the Salton Sea until California agrees to reduce use of parts of the river. increase. Much attention has been focused on California, the largest owner of river water and the last to be lost in times of water shortage. State users recently said they would cut their use by up to 9%, subject to federal funding and plans to clean up toxic dust around the Salton Sea.
New York Times – October 20
Natural gas piped to millions of California homes contains toxic air pollutants, including benzene, a chemical linked to cancer, new study reveals became. Researchers estimate that every year California’s natural gas equipment and infrastructure leaks the same amount of benzene as about 60,000 cars emit, but these leaks are lower than state records. Not explained. A study published in the journal on October 20 environmental science and technologythere is growing debate over proposals to limit the use of natural gas in homes due to climate change and public health impacts. It became the first city to ban natural gas connections in most new homes and buildings.
Bakersfield Californian – October 23
The federal government is preparing to monitor and plug the 12,000-foot-deep Sevier Well in Kern County. The well sat abandoned for eight years after its owner went bankrupt in 2017. This work is gaining momentum in California to properly plug and abandon orphaned oil and gas wells because of climate, groundwater and endangered species. California regulators last month introduced a proposal to prioritize inspection and repair of oil and gas wells with suspected leaks. The state will contribute her $100 million to the effort, supplemented by up to $165 million in federal funding.
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