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California Could Order Nonstick Chemical Water Tests (Corrected)

July 5, 2019, 8:27 PMUpdated: July 5, 2019, 8:59 PM

Increased testing of drinking water for nonstick chemicals that have been linked to developmental issues in children, thyroid problems, and other ill health effects could be coming to California.

The state Senate cleared a bill (AB-756) July 5 that would give the State Water Resources Control Board the power to order water districts to test for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. It would also require that customers be notified of detections.

The bill now heads to the Assembly to agree to minor amendments, and then to the governor for signature or veto.

Drinking water suppliers serving an ...