On Tuesday, the Santa Clara Valley Water District reconsidered a recommendation to pull sponsorship and funding from the California Product Stewardship Council. Several environmental leaders wrote into the District to ask them to continue their support. I went to the budget meeting on Tuesday and pointed out that Extended Producer Responsibility – the idea that producers of toxins and other wastes are responsible for removing them from the environment – could help the cleanup of the many local areas affected by mercury. The Water District Board unanimously chose to continue sponsorship.
Congrats to the Water District for its decision, and hopefully we can make progress on the mercury cleanup.