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California Budget Would Use Greenhouse Gas Funds for Water Work

June 13, 2019, 10:54 PM

California’s Senate and Assembly passed a sweeping spending bill June 13 that would include using air-pollution money to help fund water projects for nearly 1 million residents who don’t have access to safe water for cooking, bathing, or drinking.

The $213 billion budget bill now goes to Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) for signature by July 1. It is Newsom’s (D) first budget bill and he has line-item veto powers.

Across California, pollution from industry, agriculture, and naturally-occurring compounds like lead, nitrites, and arsenic have contaminated water supplies. Districts are eligible for grants to upgrade and install treatment but often can’t ...

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