SACRAMENTO (AP) — California would beef up dam inspections under legislation sent to Gov. Jerry Brown a year after a near disaster prompted the evacuation of nearly 200,000 residents.
The Assembly on Monday gave final approval to a bill requiring annual inspections for higher-risk dams.READ MORE: Suspect Resisting Arrest Shoots Himself in the Foot During Struggle With Sunnyvale Police
The final vote came as repairs of the Oroville Dam’s main and emergency spillways continue following the worst structural failures at a major U.S. dam in decades.
The measure also sets standards for inspections; requires periodic review of dams’ original design and construction records; requires inspectors to consult periodically with independent experts; and requires that inspection reports be public.READ MORE: 'The Father Is A Hero'; Oakland Man, 1-Year-Old Daughter Die In Horrific Arson Fire
Republican Assemblyman James Gallagher, who represents Oroville, authored the bill.
Federal regulators are ordering a review of other aging dams nationwide.MORE NEWS: Antioch Teen Fatally Wounded In Saturday Night Shooting; Angry Crowd Confronts Responding Police
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