At an informational hearing at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday (April 24), the public can ask questions and learn more about how government agencies and those responsible can work together to rid the Colton-Fontana-Rialto area of perchlorate drinking water contamination.
The hearing at Rialto City Hall, 150 S. Palm Avenue, will be held by members of the California Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee at the request of District 62 Assembly Member Wilmer Amina Carter (D-Rialto). Her district is most affected by the plume of perchlorate, a defense-manufactured rocket fuel ingredient that has been associated with thyroid disease and the possibility of cancer and other health problems.
This is the first time the committee has traveled to San Bernardino County, and Assembly Member Carter said that she, her constituents and local officials need to know what all the agencies and those responsible for the contamination are doing to achieve a timely resolution. "Instead of each agency working autonomously, we must bring everyone to the table so we can work together as a team," Carter stated.
The committee is chaired by District 6 Assembly Member Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael), who will be attending the hearing along with other committee members. "Assembly Member Carter asked me to bring the Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee to her district to focus on perchlorate contamination of drinking water in the Rialto-Colton basin. This is a great time to bring our members up to speed on the issues. We know that there are federal, state and regional activities, and we want to support every effort toward cleanup. That's why we are here," Assembly Member Huffman stated.
The Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee has jurisdiction over policy areas and legislation relating to drinking water, toxic contamination of water, regulation of consumer products that contain toxic substances, leaking underground storage tanks, pesticides, hazardous waste, and the financing and redevelopment of contaminated properties such as brownfield clean-up, and toxic chemicals in consumer products.
For more information, contact Assembly Member Carter's District Office at 909-820-5008.