Digest 6.11.05

Senator urges review of safe perchlorate level
• Gilroy – Sen. Dianne Feinstein this week pressed the federal
Environmental Protection Agency to review its adoption of the safe
level of perchlorate ingestion recommended earlier this year in a
report by the National Academy of Sciences.
Senator urges review of safe perchlorate level

• Gilroy – Sen. Dianne Feinstein this week pressed the federal Environmental Protection Agency to review its adoption of the safe level of perchlorate ingestion recommended earlier this year in a report by the National Academy of Sciences.

In February, the EPA announced a perchlorate safety standard based on the NAS report that translates into a drinking water level of 5 to 24 parts per billion. The previous EPA level was 1 part per billion. California’s public health goal for perchlorate is 6 parts per billion.

Citing concerns raised in a recent edition of the journal “Environmental Health Perspectives,” Feinstein asked the EPA to revisit the NAS study. Feinstein wants the EPA to reveal how it arrived at the decision and whether it will reevaluate it in light of the recent criticism.

Santa Teresa road closures

• Gilroy – As the Santa Teresa Boulevard widening project continues, the stretch of Welburn Avenue from Santa Teresa to Gaunt Avenue will be shut down to motorists beginning Monday.

City engineer Charlie Krueger said the closure will continue until June 22. In the meantime, motorists who have had to find alternate routes to get to and from homes on Longmeadow Drive will be able to use the length of road from Santa Teresa Boulevard to Hirasaki Avenue.

Guide to fresh farm produce

• Gilroy – The 30th edition of the Country Crossroads Farms to You map is now available. It includes more than 100 farms in Santa Clara, San Benito, and Santa Cruz counties and a guide to the best times of the year to get fresh strawberries, apricots, apples, corn, peaches and more. The free map is available at the chambers of commerce in Gilroy and Morgan Hill, the Gilroy Visitor’s Bureau, and many local hotels.

Beauty Outlet opens today

• Gilroy – Stop by the grand opening of The Beauty Outlet at the Gilroy Premium Outlets, between the Garlic Shoppe and Rocky Mountain Chocolate today, and receive free hand treatments and hand massages as well as prizes, giveaways and food.

Send news items to City Editor Robert Airoldi. FAX to 842-2206, mail to Gilroy Dispatch, 6400 Monterey Road, Gilroy, CA 95020, or e-mail [email protected]

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