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Nov 24, 2013 4:26 PM by Associated Press

Report: Underground leak sites go unmonitored

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A new report says hundreds of underground leak sites will go unmonitored by the state under a policy change.

The Orange County Register reports (http://bit.ly/1iFVdgq ) that a change that went into effect last year allows these sites to end regulatory monitoring even though trace contamination still exists.

The state has defended the policy, saying that there's no threat to human health because gasoline contaminants will naturally degrade and won't reach groundwater supplies. State officials also say their focus is on the worst underground tank leaks.

But some scientists and local water agencies have protested the new policy, saying that it allows gas station owners and oil companies to walk away from their responsibilities.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com

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