The passing of Proposition 1 (AB 1471/"Water Bond") has established $900MM in funding for cleanup of contaminated groundwater.
- The purpose of Chapter 5 (of Prop 1 Water Bond) is to make grants and loans for projects that “improve water quality” or “help provide clean, safe and reliable drinking water.”
- $260,000,000 available for grants to small communities for waste water treatment projects
- $260,000,000 for water system infrastructure, including treatment for contamination
CORE was successful in having language added to Prop 1 that establishes chlorinated solvents as qualifying contaminants. Section 79722 of Chapter 5 of the Water Bond states “The contaminants that may be addressed with funding pursuant to this chapter may include, but shall not be limited to, nitrates, perchlorate, MTBE (methyl tertiary butyl ether), arsenic, selenium, hexavalent chromium, mercury, PCE (perchloroethylene), TCE (trichloroethylene), DCE (dichloroethene), DCA (dichloroethane), 1,2,3-TCP (trichloropropane), carbon tetrachloride, 1,4-dioxane, 1,4-dioxacyclohexane, nitrosodimethylamine, bromide, iron, manganese, and uranium.
CORE (and our lobbyist) is currently working with several parties in Sacramento to shape the program that will administer these funds. Perhaps these funds can help create a Solvent Fund in California similar to other states.