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Tax on fertilizer proposed to pay for clean water

Posted: Friday, Mar 1st, 2013

SOUTH MONTEREY COUNTY — The State Water Resources Board is recommending that the state implement new taxes or fees, potentially by taxing fertilizer at $100 to $180 per ton of nitrogen, to help communities with high levels of nitrates clean up their drinking water.

The board’s report, released last week, puts forth a few options for funding the new water systems, including a point-of-sale fee on agricultural commodities, a fertilizer tax or a water-use fee from residents.

This is in response to a study released last March by the University of California, Davis, that shows how nitrate contamination in drinking water is a big problem in California’s agricultural heartland and will only get worse in coming years. The study looked at the Salinas Valley and the southern San Joaquin Valley.

For the complete article see the 02-27-2013 issue.

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