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Municipal Gas Utilities


In Palo Alto, California their Municipal Gas Utility does not issue a Contaminated Gas Warning to it's customer base. Why?

Because California municipalities are exempt from pollution prevention laws.

Yet, the muni gas utility in Long Beach, CA issues a gas warning to it's community. What gives? Palo Alto's citizens deserve better.

Looks like another example of the how sloppy California's regulatory agencies are by allowing munis to police themselves without any standards protecting the public's health and safety.

California's PROP 65 is very specific:

The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, commonly referred to as Proposition 65, requires the Governor to publish a list of chemicals "known to the State to cause cancer, birth defects, or reproductive harm " It also requires California businesses to warn the public quarterly of potential exposures to these chemicals which result from their operations.

Isn't a municipal government doing business within a community, subject to the same laws as the community? Especially where the public's health and safety is at stake?

Because we reference California, doesn't mean other gas utilities are exempt. Different States have different laws which their munis may or may not follow. There are over 1,000 muni gas utilities in the U.S. and all of them deliver contaminated gas to unsuspecting consumers.

The point needs repeating: natural gas is contaminated, whether it's coming from a California utility or one in Lansing, Denver, Miami, Boston or anywhere else in the world. Consumers need to raise a fuss. This contamination must be corrected.


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