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Perchlorate Contamination

San Bernardino, CA: (Mar-04-08) The city of Rialto brought a lawsuit against San Bernardino County, alleging that chemicals, primarily perchlorate, contaminated the local water supply. Records show that Rialto sued the county as part of a 2004 federal lawsuit against more than 40 parties Rialto claimed was responsible for the contamination. The city sued the county again in 2006 at the height of the dispute between the two sides. Sources on both sides stated that the dispute had reached resolution and that the parties had agreed to a settlement.

Under the terms of the deal, the county would pay Rialto $4 million and cleanup the western portion of the contamination. Environmental experts claimed that perchlorates were flowing from the county's land as well as other industrial land on Rialto's north end. In addition to the contamination, the county will cleanup a longer plume that flows to the east. Rialto along with state and federal agencies are struggling to get suspected polluters to cleanup that contamination. Apart from the US Environmental Protection Agency, several local agencies have been lobbying for the cleanup, requesting over $10 million from federal agencies. [PRESS ENTERPRISE: PERCHLORATE CONTAMINATION]

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Published on Mar-5-08


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