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Water Testing for ‘Forever Chemicals’ Expands in California (1)

Aug. 1, 2019, 10:30 PMUpdated: Aug. 1, 2019, 11:30 PM

California’s ability to investigate persistent nonstick chemicals in drinking water is expanding after Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed a bill granting new powers to its water agency.

Newsom on July 31 signed AB 756, which gives the State Water Resources Control Board the power to order multiple water districts to test for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. The bill also requires water suppliers to notify customers of PFAS detections by email, mail, internet postings, and public notices.

Previously, the board had to issue orders individually to water districts and for each chemical. And water suppliers only...

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