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Peter E. Masaitis(left) and Jeffrey Dintzer(right) of Alston & Bird. Peter E. Masaitis(left) and Jeffrey Dintzer(right) of Alston & Bird. (Photo: Courtesy Photo)

California finds itself once again taking the lead by setting regulatory standards stricter than the rest of the nation. At issue is the nearly ubiquitous presence of certain PFAS chemicals in drinking water, a problem being addressed to varying degrees by many states and federal regulators. On Feb. 6, the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) lowered its reporting levels to below the thresholds set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), requiring water agencies in California to take action earlier than water agencies anywhere else in the country.

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