Should California require that polluters who dump dangerous chemicals into drinking water clean up their mess?

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Should California require that polluters who dump dangerous chemicals into drinking water clean up their mess?

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Environment California and CCAEJ firmly believe that the public interest answer to this question is a resounding yes. Any other answer would be contrary to the California Water Code, which states that “The principles, guidelines and objectives [adopted by the State Water Resources Control Board] shall be consistent with the state goal of providing a decent home and suitable living environment for every Californian.” (CWC Section 13142) Furthermore, we believe that the submissions of Goodrich, Emhart and Pyro Spectaculars are in large part based upon a series of depositions, discovery demands, procedural objections and legal maneuvers that have significantly hampered the ability of the public process to adequately address this question. As such, we urge the Board to give the answer to the fundamental policy question highlighted above the weight it deserves, even amidst the tens of thousands of pages of legal and technical arguments presented by the dischargers named in the proposed orde