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SACRAMENTO– The long-term health study in the wake of the Aliso Canyon natural gas leak is receiving a boost in funding from Assemblyman Dante Acosta (R-Santa Clarita) in the form of a request to the budget committee to triple the existing money allocated for the study to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD).

“My number one priority is the safety and wellbeing of my community,” Acosta said. “The people of Porter Ranch have a right to an extensive health study and my budget request for critical funding reflects that.”

The current South Coast AQMD settlement with SoCalGas provides $1 million in dedicated funding for the completion of a long-term health study, which experts say would prove inadequate to conduct a study of any value.

Assemblyman Acosta’s budget request does not call for new spending, only the reallocation of $2 million in previously existing funds from the Air Pollution Control Fund (APCF).