June 2020

COVID-19 Cases rising in the San Joaquin Valley, including Farms and Ag Processors. OSHA Inspections Underway

COVID-19 Cases rising in the San Joaquin Valley, including Farms and Ag Processors. OSHA Inspections Underway

There have been a number of COVID-19 outbreaks in the San Joaquin Valley, including almond and pistachio processing and walnut hulling facilities and two farms. Two deaths have occurred. OSHA is conducting inspections. Additionally, the California Attorney General has been sending letters to Ag operations, asking detailed questions about their COVID-19 preparedness.

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Thiobencarb Update with Exceedance Report

Monitoring results were at the performance goal of 1.5 µg/L on May 12 and May 28. The detections were noted at the Colusa Basin Drain 5 and Butte Slough 1 sites. On June 2, the duplicate sample for quality control had an exceedance of 1.8 µg/L while the standard lab result was at 1.2 µg/L. The samples were from the Colusa Basin Drain 1 site outside Knight’s Landing. All sampling results recovered to non-detection levels on June 4.  

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