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"California’s Plan to Tackle a Carcinogen Widespread in Water"

By Tara Lohan 

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Water Agencies and environmental groups alike have come together to laud the State Water Resources Control Board for its recent passage of a new Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for the known carcinogen, 1,2,3-TCP. The persistent, insidious chemical is now set to be regulated at five parts per trillion, which is said to be the most health-protective limit possible. 

Affected communities primarily reside in California's South-Central Valley, where companies like Shell and Dow used insecticidal soil fumigants that leeched into groundwater. Cities are now engaging in litigation to hold these companies accountable for their pollution of drinking water for millions of Californians. In fact, Andria Ventura of Clean Water Action said Shell and Dow “...knew early on they had something in their product that was unnecessary and was toxic." 

The problem that remains, however, is ensuring that some of California's small, aging, or otherwise disadvantaged communities have the funds to treat their water or are able to secure them, and that their already limited resources are not stretched too thin.

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