Environment & Science

California lawmakers extend legal aid for SoCal Gas victims

A sign marking the boundary of the Aliso Canyon storage facility is pictured in Porter Ranch on Jan. 6, 2016.
A sign marking the boundary of the Aliso Canyon storage facility is pictured in Porter Ranch on Jan. 6, 2016.
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California lawmakers are reversing their previous vote and approving a bill to give residents near Aliso Canyon and other victims of man-made pollution an extra year to sue for relief.

The proposal heading to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown would extend the deadline from the current two years to three years after a person becomes aware of a related injury.

It also says news reports of pollution do not start that clock.

Democratic Assemblyman Mike Gatto of Los Angeles says his AB2748 would help Southern California residents affected by the Aliso Canyon natural gas leak, such as those at Porter Ranch, and by the shuttered Exide lead-battery recycling facility.

The Assembly initially defeated the proposal in May.

It has since been amended to exempt government entities from the change.

The Assembly passed it on a 46-19 vote Tuesday.