California regulators on Thursday launched a sweeping proposal to prohibit new wells and facilities within a 3,200-foot exclusion area, or setback, from homes, schools, hospitals, nursing homes and other “sensitive” locations.

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As proposed by the California Department of Conservation’s Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM), pollution controls also would be required for existing wells and facilities within the 3,200-foot setback area. 

“Our reliance on fossil fuels has resulted in more kids getting asthma, more children born with birth defects, and more communities exposed to toxic, dangerous chemicals,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said with the draft release. “California is taking a significant step to protect the more than two million residents who live within a...