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Calif. First in Nation to Test for Microplastics in Drinking Water

Sept. 28, 2018, 10:44 PM

Water suppliers in California will be the first in the nation required to test for microplastics in drinking water under a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) Sept. 28.

Authored by Sen. Anthony Portantino (D), SB 1422 orders the state Water Resources Control Board to adopt a definition of microplastics by July 2020 and within a year establish a standard to test drinking water. Testing, reporting, and disclosure to the public would be required for four years.

No other state has required testing, but California is “usually ahead of everybody else,”...

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