After the Delano City water system recently failed to meet water drinking standards, residents voiced their concerns at Monday’s city council meeting.
Delano residents were recently informed the water system has levels of 1,2,3-Trichloropropane — also known as 1,2,3-TCP — a toxic man-made chemical compound found in drinking water supplies and known to cause cancer, according to the California State Water Resource Control Board.
After receiving much push back from environmental justice advocates, politicians pulled a bill that would have exempt small refineries from air monitoring and reporting.
Senator Melissa Hurtado — who was named the Senate Floor Manager on Friday, the last day of California Legislative Session — deemed Assembly Bill 1299 inactive for the year, after Assemblyman Rudy Salas, the author of the bill, requested it be pulled, according to Salas’ office.
The Kern County Agriculture Commissioner Office sent investigators to Cesar E. Chavez High Thursday morning after receiving reports of a concerning odor on campus and determined the odor was non-toxic, according to officials.
A proposed bill that addresses air monitoring systems for petroleum refineries has environmental justice advocates concerned certain refineries could be exempt from air monitoring and reporting actions that have a direct impact on rural communities.
Featured photo: Estela and Roberto Garcia, who head the committee for the garden, and Gustavo Aguirre from The Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment, stand in front of the Arvin Community Garden.
BY ERICK JARED
I’ve grown up watching my mother cook almost all her meals with one staple ingredient — la cebolla, or an onion.