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Radiation from Japan detected in California milk

By Victoria Schlesinger

Milk samples taken from farms in San Luis Obispo and Spokane, Washington, contained low levels of the radioisotope 131, which was produced by nuclear reactors in Japan. While the level is low, a Food and Drug Administration official erroneously characterized the risk of consumed radiation, causing outrage among scientists and environmentalists. California Watch’s Susan...
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Nitrate water contamination persists as state drags its feet

By Victoria Schlesinger

For the past 15 years nitrates from fertilizers have polluted the drinking water of two million Californians, but most of the funds approved by voters in 2006 have still not been allocated to solve the problem, according to a report by the Pacific Institute. Nitrate-polluted water can harm babies. Industrial-sized dairies are the primary...
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San Francisco passing urban farming code

By Alison Hawkes

Urban agriculture is the new hot thing in San Francisco. And with small farms sprouting up in the unlikeliest of places, the city is passing a new planning code that defines where and how these farms can take root. The city is also allowing farmers to sell from their lots, although not in any...
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Developer wants to turn toxic site in Brisbane into housing

By Alison Hawkes

Brisbane’s open spaces are marred by its industrial past. In the Baylands, locals walk dogs on to of an old landfill that’s contaminated with a toxic stew of pollutants. Now a developer wants to reinvent the property into multi-story housing. That comes with a steep price tag– $100 million — to clean up the...
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Superfund site in San Francisco proves toxic for Navy, neighbors

Superfund site in San Francisco proves toxic for Navy, neighbors

A year after the dissolution of the Restoration Advisory Board for Hunters Point Shipyard, the Navy says it will introduce a new community involvement plan that emphasizes diversity. The announcement follows the White House’s reconvened interagency effort on environmental justice, which held its first meeting under the Obama administration in September.
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