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California Bills Tackle Water Contamination, PFAS, Wildfire (Corrected)

Feb. 25, 2020, 12:17 PMUpdated: Feb. 25, 2020, 7:22 PM

California could one day have a quick-strike panel focused on spotting emerging contaminants in drinking water to see if they pose a danger and need immediate attention.

The state also could certify labs to increase the amount of so-called forever chemicals that can be tested for in drinking water, aquifers, lakes, and streams.

The two initiatives are among more than 300 bills relating to energy and environment policy filed by California legislators in the 2020 session. They tackle issues like water contamination, wildfires, recycling, air quality, and other matters affecting the state’s nearly 40 million residents.

Sen. Anthony Portantino (D),...

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