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Bad News for Water Quality Testing at Beaches

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The Environmental Protection Agency budget request, released earlier this week, cuts $10 million in grants to state and local agencies for testing the water quality at beaches, reports the LA Times. Many beaches in California have already had to scale back testing in recent years due to state and county budget cuts. Last year the state passed a law providing $1.8 million a year to pay for testing, but the federal money would still contribute to more consistent water quality testing at local beaches. [LAT]