2003 CPEO Military List Archive

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Date: 30 Jan 2003 15:15:42 -0000
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Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Perchlorate witnesses reject blame
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Perchlorate witnesses reject blame
INQUIRY: Sen. Nell Soto vows to hold hearings to discover the source of
Rialto well pollution.

SACRAMENTO - Representatives from business, local government and the
military traveled to the Capitol to testify Wednesday about what might
have caused a sweeping plume of perchlorate contamination in northern
Rialto's groundwater.

Their collective answer: Not us.

After several hours of denials, state Sen. Nell Soto, D-Pomona, who
presided over the hearing, said her patience had worn thin.

"I'm amazed, really amazed, at how they will not admit responsibility.
They're trying to get away with what they did, which was wrong," she

Soto said she plans to hold hearings on the matter. She also intends to
introduce a bill that would require anyone who used perchlorate in the
past 50 years to report to the state. Failure to do so, the senator
said, would result in fines.

"I'm still trying to figure out how big they should be," she said.

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