Senator Soto Announces January Hearing on Groundwater Contamination

By Loretta Macktal, Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Government Relations

Capitol Update, Jan. 11, 2003 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Senator Nell Soto (D-Pomona) announced this week that The California Senate Select Committee on Urban Economic Development is conducting a hearing on groundwater contamination on January 29th in Sacramento. The Select Committee is chaired by Senator Soto and this is the second hearing on this topic. The first hearing was held on October 28, 2002 in Rialto, California, and focused on the economic impacts of groundwater contamination, particularly perchlorate, in San Bernardino County.

According to the Committee, they hope through these hearings to build consensus around restoring local groundwater supplies in the Inland Empire, which has experienced over 20 well closures in recent months due to reported perchlorate contamination.

It is expected that representatives from the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board will testify at the hearing along with representatives from local government, water purveyors, and parties that have been identified as potential responsible parties for reported perchlorate contamination found in the groundwater in the Rialto-Colton-Fontana area.

Senator Soto has also introduced legislation, SB 34, which she intends to use to enact proposed changes in state law developed through these hearings.
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