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Amid drought, laws to track California’s biggest water users ignored

Water runs along a farm irrigation ditch in Richvale, Calif. Amid a drought, most agricultural water districts are ignoring laws to track their flow.Jae C. Hong/Associated Press The last time California endured a drought, legislators set their sights on the state’s heaviest water users: farmers. The state designed laws to push agricultural water districts to […]

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Treasure Island cleanup exposes Navy’s mishandling of its nuclear past

This story was also published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. SAN FRANCISCO – Halfway across the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, an abrupt exit leads to Treasure Island, a seven-sided plain with spectacular views that inspire grandiose dreams. The Army Corps of Engineers created the island for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, encircling […]

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Radioactive poisoning may still be risk on Treasure Island, memo says

Department of Public Health surveyors found a half-inch-wide radioactive disk under a grassy area between apartment complexes last March. The octagonal shard was so hot that holding onto it for an hour could cause radiation burns and hair loss, according to a memo.Map tiles by Stamen Design, under CC BY 3.0. Data by OpenStreetMap, under […]

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Foster Farms salmonella outbreak highlights flaws in food safety system

The Foster Farms chicken processing plant on Cherry Avenue in Fresno, Calif., is one of three plants linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 338 people across the country.Craig Kohlruss/The Fresno Bee via Associated Press Each month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture publishes a list calling out chicken processing plants across the […]

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9 questions we’re answering about salmonella

Fotokon/ An outbreak of an especially strong form of salmonella has sickened hundreds of people in 20 states. But how it happened largely has remained a mystery. Here’s what we know about some of the more pressing questions surrounding the outbreak. Have other questions? Email the reporter at What led to the salmonella outbreak? […]