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2020-07-09Jul 9, 2020

The Groundwater Sustainability Workshops being held in July 15– july 29  will provide an opportunity for well owners, farmers and others in Petaluma Valley, Sonoma Valley and Santa Rosa Plain to learn about groundwater in these basins and to help define local, sustainable groundwater management. Community workshops help the County get ideas and feedback from those who have wells in the basin and who rely on groundwater for their livelihood. 

2020-06-22Jun 22, 2020

Agricultural interests have opposed the scientific analyses and management planning that the Point Reyes national Seashore needs and the public deserves. They are working behind the scenes to change the law rather than risk that a concerned public will derail their plans for the Seashore. Polls show that the public favors greater protection for national parks and monuments. It’s crucial to stay informed and to take part in the planning process. 

2020-06-21Jun 21, 2020

As residents head outside, mosquito experts encourage community members to protect themselves from mosquitoes and the diseases they can spread. West Nile virus is the most prevalent mosquitoborne disease in the U.S. according to the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There is no human vaccine for West Nile virus, a disease that can cause debilitating cases of meningitis, encephalitis, and even death. West Nile virus isn’t the only mosquito-borne threat, newly established invasive Aedes mosquitoes can transmit viruses such as chikungunya, dengue, and Zika, all of which are costly to treat and can have long-term health and financial consequences. Check out how you can protect yourself and your home.

2020-06-21Jun 21, 2020

This is a call for public input by June 26 on the proposed construction of a new gas station, carwash, RV storage area and minimart in the heart of the Laguna de Santa Rosa, a designated “wetland of international significance. This proposal runs against the General Plan and a gas station, a commercial retail use, is not a permitted use in the M3 “Limited Rural Industrial” zone. There is no need for a new gas station at this particular location as there are about seven operational gas stations within a five-mile radius. Please read more to send your emails before the public hearing set for July 2.


2020-06-17Jun 17, 2020

PG&E Outlines Actions It’s Taking to Keep Customers and Communities Safe During 2020 Wildfire Season. As part of its ongoing efforts to further reduce wildfire risks, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has implemented a number of new and enhanced wildfire mitigation tools to keep customers and communities safe.


2020-06-15Jun 15, 2020

The increasing fire danger posed by dead grass and hotter, drier conditions in the region is prompting CAL FIRE to suspend all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of Sonoma, Lake, Napa, Solano, Yolo, and Colusa Counties. This suspension took effect June 15, 2020 12:01 AM and bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris such as branches and leaves. It is also important to consider the weather before using powered tools. Do your vegetation management when conditions are moist and cool, early in the morning or after the heat of the day. 

2020-06-14Jun 14, 2020

As I write this every state’s begun opening up from shelter-in-place, but we don’t know how well that’ll work. Several countries and states have seen spikes in COVID-19 cases when restrictions were lifted. For the foreseeable future, we need to stay home as much as we can—practice social distancing, wear face coverings, and wash our hands as often as possible.  Most of northwestern California is already in a severe drought. While washing your hands, turn off the tap after you wet your hands and save 2-5 gallons daily. The County Health Department’s banned the use of reusable shopping bags during the pandemic. However, many stores will let you put your groceries back in your cart and take it to you car. Before going "back to normal" what if we were to realize that we don’t own the Earth or other people or have any inherent rights such as mineral rights?  Would we be exploiting the Earth as we do?

2020-06-13Jun 13, 2020

Since 1992 measures have been undertaken by the Marin Conservation district and local ranches to mitigate runoff and cattle waste into the watershed fencing off streams and creating hard bed crossings for cattle.  In the past 19 years coliform bacteria has been reduced 95% in Olema Creek a major tributary of Tomales Bay.  Similar efforts on Stemple Creek are showing corresponding results.

2020-06-13Jun 13, 2020

The County of Sonoma is bypassing voters and flouting open space protections to push forward a new luxury resort and major event center in the heart of a key community separator between Santa Rosa and Windsor at 3890 Old Redwood Highway. We need to stand up for protected community separator greenbelts and  stop the luxury resort and event center or put it to a vote of the people to decide. DEADLINE is July 5 for Public Comment; and the Public Hearing is July 9. See details, actions, and sample letter. Join us for a Zoom meeting June 24.  Sign up with Teri at  to get  Zoom details


2020-06-11Jun 11, 2020

91% of local people in a required public poll told the NPS they want the park, the wildlife and the climate protected - that they do not support the private ranchers. Our National Park Service responded by saying the public’s opinion on how the Park is managed and protected does not matter.

2020-06-07Jun 7, 2020

On May 8, 2020 the court denied an EPA request to exclude the testimony of 3 international experts, clearing them to testify on the neurotoxic risks of community water fluoridation in a federal court trial in San Francisco beginning 6/8/2020. Those 3 experts on neurotoxicity are Dr. Philippe Grandjean of Harvard and the U. of Southern Denmark, Dr. Howard Hu of the U. of Washington, and Dr. Bruce Lanphear of Simon Fraser U. in British Columbia.  Read more on the background of this case and watch some informative videos.

2020-07-08Jul 8, 2020

The California Coastal Commission will consider whether or not the Farallones Poison Drop is consistent with California’s federally-approved Coastal Plan, at the upcoming November 2020 virtual online meeting.  The Coastal Commission has a unique and decisive role to play in protecting our coastal wildlife, and Commissioners listen carefully to the public. We need Public input: This free webinar, on July 14 at 1 pm Pacific, 4 pm Eastern, will fill in the details about this controversial proposal, the pending decision, the harmless alternatives, and the precedent-setting implications for marine protected areas everywhere.

2020-06-06Jun 6, 2020

The California Coastal Trail (CCT), when completed, will encompass 800 miles of coastline. The Coastal Act mandated that each coastal county and city, as part of developing their own Local Coastal Plan, include the planning and implementation of the California Coastal Trail through their jurisdictions. Sonoma County has done so with considerable success. About two thirds of the county’s 65 miles of the California Coastal Trail has been completed, and planning for the remaining gaps is included in the current Draft Local Coastal Plan. One of the leading organizations in that effort was, and continues to be,Coastwalk/California Coastal Trail Association.

2020-06-01Jun 1, 2020

Zero Waste through the Pandemic: Tips for Handling Our Recyclables, Compost, and More

2020-05-31May 31, 2020

Coming up! 2 IMPORTANT Roseland Land Development “virtual” public meetings: Santa Rosa Design Review Board on Thurs. June 4, 2020 at 4:30 pm. and Santa Rosa Planning Commission on Thurs. June 11, 2020 at 4 pm. Local residents in the Burbank Ave. area are concerned about another “Burbank Ave. Subdivision” at 1400 Burbank Ave. It is a very big proposal for four parcels totaling 14.2 acres, and has no parks slated for it. Local neighbors to the project have appealed the prior approvals of the proposal. 

2020-05-30May 30, 2020

The Public Hearing to consider increasing the annual sewer service charge provided by and scheduled for the Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Sonoma County Water Agency on behalf of the Sanitation Zones of Airport-Larkfield-Wikiup, Geyserville, Penngrove, and Sea Ranch, and the Boards of the County Sanitation Districts of Occidental, Russian River, Sonoma Valley, and South Park that was previously scheduled for Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 8:30AM has been continued until Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 1:30 PM. 

2020-05-25May 25, 2020

Those who care deeply for pets often hold a deep fascination with the natural world. Many of us are birdwatchers. Who would not be enamored with these ubiquitous, beautiful flying creatures?

2020-05-20May 20, 2020

The National Park Service (NPS) at Pt Reyes Seashore is about to release its Final plan for ranching at Point Reyes National Seashore. In February the NPS released the trove of 7,600 public comments to its draft plan that, if adopted, will extend 20-year leases to ranchers and expand ranching in this popular national park.

2020-05-15May 15, 2020

California Trout, the Round Valley Indian Tribes, the County of Humboldt, Mendocino County Inland Water and Power Commission and Sonoma Water formed the Two-Basin Partnership last fall. The Partnership developed the Feasibility Study Report filed with FERC. The group is also exploring options for developing a governance structure for future ownership and operations of the facilities.  The Partnership is an outgrowth of an ad hoc committee convened by Congressman Jared Huffman. That group identified co-equal goals for a two-basin solution. These include minimizing or avoiding adverse impacts to water supply reliability, fisheries restoration, water quality improvements and recreation enhancements in the Russian and Eel River basins. One specific priority is improving fish passage and habitat on the Eel River with the goal of recovering native migratory fish like salmon and steelhead, including full access to habitat upstream of Scott Dam.

2020-05-14May 14, 2020

Nature-based tools are proving to be increasingly vital for climate and health resilience. These natural solutions are especially important for disadvantaged communities, which disproportionately experience the impacts of environmental issues while having the least amount of resources to protect themselves.  State legislators across the country recognize these benefits and are introducing legislation to enable the use of natural infrastructure. For example,a California bill introduced this year would provide grants to school districts or charter schools located in low-income or disadvantaged communities to convert existing pavement at a school to green space. AB 2031 also requires that these parks include a garden to be used as an educational tool for children, providing both health and educational benefits. 

2020-05-12May 12, 2020

A directive that allows park agencies to reopen some parking lots and sports facilities was issued  by Dr. Sundari Mase. The health order means residents can drive to inland parks beginning Wednesday, May 13, 2020. The order keeps Sonoma Coast parking areas closed to prevent crowding at beaches but allows coastal residents to walk or bike to nearby parks during limited hours. Facilities that encourage gatherings or have frequently touched surfaces remain closed. These include playgrounds, dog parks, outdoor gym equipment, picnic areas, drinking fountains and barbecues.

2020-05-08May 8, 2020

This program is intended to help residents create defensible space around occupied homes and reduce vegetation along access routes.
We will chip for up to 2 hours with no charge to the resident! Jobs longer than 2 hours may be the responsibility of the property owner. 

2020-07-06Jul 6, 2020

A new luxury resort and major event center is planned in the heart of a key community separator between Santa Rosa and Windsor at 3890 Old Redwood Highway. The resort needs to be denied, delayed or sent to a vote of the people. The county is accepting public comments on the proposal and environmental review until Tuesday july 7. A public hearing before the Board of Zoning Adjustments is tentatively set for 1 p.m. Thursday July 9 for a vote on the environmental review and the project. Send your comments to The July 9, 2020 Board of Zoning Adjustments meeting will be facilitated virtually through zoom. Members of the public can watch or listen to the meeting using one of the two methods, READ ON get the info...

2020-05-05May 5, 2020

Residents must obtain permits from their localAir Quality Management District. In the SRA, a CAL FIRE permit is required in addition to an air quality permit. An online application provides a convenient alternative to obtaining a CAL FIRE permit.

2020-04-26Apr 26, 2020

Is a declaration of emergency needed to stop emissions that are exposing us to enormous climatic changes?  When properly implemented, could we survive such a declaration?   The answer is yes.  We can and will deliver.  We can survive and thrive. I sense and see pent up creativity, out-side-the-box thinking, and optimism for the future.  Why not?  We now know how to flatten the curve.  Let’s start by acting on some concrete ideas as to how we can institutionalize what we have just learned - about flattening the curve to address the steeply rising green house gas curve.  I know there must be many good ideas, and I share a few of mine...

2020-04-24Apr 24, 2020

In 2019, the Sonoma County Civil Grand Jury investigated the risk of a major earthquake in Sonoma County and the effect that it could have on residents, due to impacts on water supplies.  In direct response to the Grand Jury’s recommendations, Sonoma Water prepared a $59 million water transmission system budget that will help fund critical infrastructure improvement projects, including construction of three earthquake hazard mitigation projects: the Russian River, Mark West Creek, and Santa Rosa Creek pipeline crossings. Sonoma County Water Agency Board Approved the budget for reliable water delivery and infrastructure on April 21, 2020.

2020-04-24Apr 24, 2020

Creating habitat is a DEVOTION, a meditative practice in addition to being exceedingly helpful to our Flying Friends who may be short on real estate and menu options. Let last years’ plants go to seed whenever possible; first of all, pollinators will utilize the blossoms, and you can also save seeds, which are in very short supply everywhere I have checked lately.

2020-04-13Apr 13, 2020

TIME is the great educator. We learn over time by looking BACK to see the results of our decisions, and the consequences of our actions. Earth-consciousness began long before Earth Day was named and celebrated, but it took putting a title on that consciousness to bring us a day, a month, a slice of time when we can look at our accomplishments, and also look at what we still need to do to SAVE this planet we call home.

2020-04-08Apr 8, 2020
2020-03-30Mar 30, 2020

April is a big month for Climate Action; the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day is April 22nd. Events were planned globally for the entire week. But as we move into shelter-in-place worldwide, those events — marches, climate strikes, tree plantings, and etc., have been canceled physically and are going virtual on the internet. We’re not turning our backs on the Climate Crisis. As a matter of fact, our interconnectedness in the face of this virus have made us even more aware of how we all are one people on one planet. Here are some suggestions for climate activism that does not involve striking in public.

2020-03-22Mar 22, 2020

Sonoma County is encouraging the public, businesses and organizations to donate new, unused personal protective equipment to assist first responders, health care providers, and health care facilities responding to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

2020-03-20Mar 20, 2020

With the COVID-19 outbreak spreading and shelter-in-place orders coming down across the state, we at CAFF are working hard to keep our local food system running strong, our family farmers in business and our communities safe and healthy. While confusion abounds during this ever-developing COVID-19 crisis, one thing is clear: a strong, healthy, local food system is absolutely essential during times like these. So what can consumers do right now to help assure that our family farms stay in business and the many people who comprise of our shared food system can weather this storm? From  joining a CSA  to ordering direct from farms online to making sure our most vulnerable have food CAFF has compiled a few tips.

2020-03-11Mar 11, 2020

While reading the Press Democrat, many of us were greeted with the news that Governor Newsom has offered Sonoma County the opportunity to lease 49 state-owned parcels for emergency homeless shelters. They are offered as part of Newsom’s package of emergency measures meant to address the homelessness crisis. One prominent parcel in the City of Santa Rosa is the 57-acre Southeast Greenway.

2020-06-30Jun 30, 2020

Championed by Mayor Logan Harvey who signed the National Wildlife Federation’s Monarch Mayors’ Pledge a year ago on behalf of The City of Sonoma to protect and to provide habitat for Monarch Butterflies, A gathering of groups in Sonoma brought focus to the urgency of protecting pollinators during Pollinator Week.

2020-03-07Mar 7, 2020

A wildfire suppression plan adopted at the end of 2019 by the California Board of Forestry could cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars but will do very little to actually reduce fire risk for communities in Sonoma County and throughout the state. Fire safety experts and environmental protection advocates filed suit on January 28 to block the new Vegetation Treatment Program (VTP) from going into effect.

2020-03-06Mar 6, 2020

Sonoma County finally received a COVID-19 test kit which will enable us to test for novel coronavirus locally. I want to give a huge shout-out to Senator Mike McGuire and Congressman Mike Thompson for leaning in and fighting hard for Sonoma County to be able to stand up our local lab testing. In the meantime, continue to wash your hands and face; avoid touching your face; cough/sneeze into your elbow; and stay home if you’re sick. Bust out that thermometer and check your temperature. "Try to avoid anxiety or panic if you do fall ill, because you may well just have a common cold! Also 80 percent of corona illnesses are mild. If everyone with a cold floods their local emergency rooms, it will be harder for health-care workers to treat patients who are critically ill. Plus, you could pick up the virus in the hospital if you don’t already have it."



2020-03-02Mar 2, 2020

The California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) is accepting grant applications for projects that protect agricultural land and reduce greenhouse gases. The cabinet-level State body opened the sixth funding round of its Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALC) after its interagency Council approved updated guidelines at its public meeting on Tuesday. SGC invites cities, counties, resource conservation districts, land trusts, California Native American tribes, and other governmental and non-profit entities to apply for the grants.

2020-02-28Feb 28, 2020

For fSonoma County farmworkers wildfire smoke has now become a challenging health hazard . Seven of the ten most destructive wildfires in California have occurred in the last five years — three in Sonoma County. Wildfire smoke contains high levels of microscopic particulate matter that can affect cardiovascular health, reduce lung function, and increase the risks of respiratory disorders. Sonoma County health officer, Dr. Celeste Phillips, told Kaiser Health News that the best way for workers to stay safe is to limit time outdoors.

Most farmworkers are paid by the shift and cannot afford time off–particularly during peak harvest, which now extends into the dry, hot, and windy fall conditions most conducive to wildfires. Most farmworkers have no paid sick leave and are ineligible for unemployment benefits. Undocufund, established in 2017 by county labor, faith, and immigrant rights organizations to assist unauthorized immigrants harmed by the fires reports that one of the most common hardships for undocumented residents who need assistance is sudden income loss due to evacuation, lost workdays and/or job loss. 

2020-02-28Feb 28, 2020

The following Permit Sonoma agenda items are scheduled for discussion at upcoming Board of Supervisors, Board of Zoning Adjustments, Planning Agency, or Planning Commission meetings. These items have been identified as being of significant interest to the public.


2020-02-27Feb 27, 2020

As a beginners' guide to Arctic thaw and its consequences, this is pretty exemplary stuff. Ice on Fire keeps the narration from DiCaprio to a minimum, bedding it over high-definition footage, often shot with drones or using time-lapse techniques, under the direction of cinematographer Harun Mehmedinovic.”  OUR VERY OWN Raymond Baltar, RFFI’s North Coast Biochar Project Manager, is interviewed in the film on location about RFFI’s forest-based biochar project which converts competing hardwoods into biochar.

2020-02-25Feb 25, 2020

The UGB is simply a line around the city that protects open space and ag lands. It prevents urbanization and development beyond the boundary without a majority vote of approval by its citizens. The UGB can be revised if needed at any time by going back to the voters.  It gives the community a direct voice in the future of the city. The City of Sonoma is moving forward to renew its existing Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) for another 20 years by placing a ballot measure before voters in November 2020. This is great news for open space and agricultural lands and climate-wise, city-centered growth for the next generation.


2020-02-17Feb 17, 2020

Sonoma County Climate Activist Network (SoCoCAN!) wants you in the room for Sonoma County Climate Activists Community Summit, It’s Up To Us! Sun., Mar. 15, 1:30-6:00pm, Odd Fellows Hall, 545 Pacific Ave., Santa Rosa. The Summit aims to link groups and activists closer for greater leverage on climate crisis, focuses on how adults can work with youth-led groups and seeks an overall vision for our county in the fight for climate justice. 

2020-02-16Feb 16, 2020

Thanks to a generous grant from CAL FIRE, we’ll be discussing: Community Wildfire Protection Plans, Roadside fuel reduction work, Old Skaggs Springs Road, Stewarts Point-Skaggs Springs Road, Residential defensible space projects and more.

2020-02-11Feb 11, 2020

Because of conservation efforts by Bill Kortum, Ted Eliot and many, many others that have “loved where they lived” enough to protect lands and also because we are a community that enjoys exploring and discovering the secrets of our natural world, we have a huge list of birds that have been encountered in Sonoma County over time. In addition to having an incredible diversity of natural habitats, lots of public lands, and adventurous birdwatchers, we also have mild winters. We are also along the commonly used bird migration route known as the Pacific Flyway.  All of these factors contribute to the huge diversity in birdlife that we enjoy in Sonoma County.  

2020-06-30Jun 30, 2020

Black lives in america begun with slavery enforced through violence by slave patrols, which were the first form of policing.  Abolition and the ensuing race-based violence to keep black lives in control for economic reasons, the civil rights struggles, and the choices made by Southern white supremacists after abolition and the rest of the country’s accommodation shows clearly a thread of unbelievable and unending violence against blacks. At the end of the article there is discussion and ideas on how to address the inequity and make a start at reparations through policies that support black lives and especially black children.

2020-02-08Feb 8, 2020

In September, Supervisor Lynda Hopkins with Director of Regional Parks Bert Whitaker and his team, Director of Transportation and Public Works (TPW) Johannes Hoervertsz and his team, CHP representatives and your local MAC representatives have been working away in the background on solutions to protect our Beach neighborhoods, now and for the long term. One of the top goals is toReduce influx of beach parking in the neighborhoods.

2020-02-06Feb 6, 2020

Our historic record of grassroots activism is what gives us the quality of life we all treasure. We have established a spider web of protected areas, greenbelts and parks that serve as community separators. When I’ve gone to public hearings and meetings where people are working to further preserve these areas from development and degradation, I’m both impressed and alarmed that often it’s the same people who fought to establish the initial protections for these areas who are still the ones fighting to protect them. At forty-six years old, I can look around the room and ask, where is the rest of my generation? Do we take these lands that our predecessors saved for granted? Are we willing to stand up for our open spaces? 

2020-02-04Feb 4, 2020

California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) has awarded $67 million for landscape-scale land management projects intended to restore and maintain healthy forests, conserve working forests, and enhance carbon storage in California’s forests. CAL FIRE funded 17 Forest Health grants, targeting over 130,000 acres of California’s forestlands for restoration through a suite of activities. 

2020-02-04Feb 4, 2020

This is the decade of hope. Hope that we will finally stop the war against people and a plant by legalizing cannabis in the USA and around the globe. Hope that globally we are increasingly focused on real-time solutions to help sink carbon and restore climate stability. Interestingly, Industrial Hemp, and its use as a fiber, fuel, food, and much more is available to support this transition and both frees the plant and gets us off the carbon-economy.


2020-02-02Feb 2, 2020

Jerry Dodrill is exhibiting his amazing Photography depicting vistas of "Sonoma County Wild"" at the Laguna Foundation's Heron Hall, through May 5, 2020.

2020-02-01Feb 1, 2020

While this means Sonoma County, I want to take a wider perspective. We need to love where we all live—this planet. If we really love it and if we love our children, we have to get really serious about saving it for the future. Already, we’ve lost so much of what we cherish. Because the losses’ve been incremental, we don’t always see them until some cataclysmic event such as the fires (followed by floods, hailstorms, and dust storms) in Australia.

2019-04-25Apr 25, 2019

Think of birding as a puzzle or mystery and you are the detective. You have to use whatever data you have, be it plumage (feathers), color, a bird song or call, behavior, habitat, size, shape, body type, etc. to deduce the species of bird you're trying to identify. Since we are all cooped up, the kiddos are out of school and everyone needs something exciting to keep ourselves busy and positive, becoming a backyard birder is the perfect new hobby for everyone at any level of proficiency. Thankfully, there are many helpful birder sleuth apps one can use to become a master birder.

2019-02-26Feb 26, 2019

Locally— is the driest February in over 150 years. It may end with zero rainfall. Earlier February temperatures were nearly 20° above average, after the hottest January on record. Globally— Rising temperatures around the world are worrisome, but the record-breaking temperatures in Antarctica this month are even more so. On February 9th, researchers measured a temperature of 69.35° F. Earth’s poles are warming quicker than much of the rest of the planet. So why aren’t we taking this more seriously?


2020-06-29Jun 29, 2020

Environmental lawyer, James Coda has worked for the Dept. of the Interior with the Bureau of Land Management on grazing issues and at Point Reyes National Seashore during the time Tule Elk were reintroduced to the park. He is also a professional wildlife and landscape photographer. Listen in to find out how the National Park Service is proposing to further privatize our public land and what you can do to protect and restore the scenic and natural beauty of Point Reyes National Seashore for generations to come. Read more to RSVP and learn more.


2020-06-28Jun 28, 2020

A Red Flag Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for the North Bay Mountains above 1000 feet beginning late Sunday, June 28, beginning at 10 pm, through Monday, June 29, 2020 at 9 PM.

2020-06-27Jun 27, 2020

Out of an abundance of caution, Friday morning (June 26th) Caution Advisory signs for HABs were posted along the Salmon Creek lagoon in Bodega Bay. As the summer season progresses, advisory signs will be posted in other freshwater recreational areas and remind the community to heed the advisory message if they see these signs.  The Caution Advisory recommendations include staying away from algae and scum in the water, preventing pets and other animals from going into the water, and keeping children away from algae in the water or accumulated along the shore. Read more find out about thd real dangers to people and pets...

2020-06-24Jun 24, 2020

On Nov. 22, 2016, a Citizens’ Petition was presented to the Environmental Protection Abency (EPA) under Section 21 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The Petition requested EPA “to protect the public and susceptible subpopulations from the neurotoxic risks of fluoride by banning the addition of fluoridation chemicals to water". In 2017, after EPA denied the Citizen Petition, a suit was filed in federal court in San Francisco, as allowed under TSCA.  The trial began Monday June 8, 2020, and was scheduled to conclude Friday June 19, 2020. For the first time in its 44-year history citizens reached the trial stage of a lawsuit under TSCA. After final arguments concluded on Thursday June 18th, Judge Edward M. Chen (the Court) made a surprise proposal that he defer judgement, while EPA and the plaintiffs discuss a solution that will satisfy both.

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