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California Attorney General Bill Lockyer is suing more than a half-dozen former dry cleaners accused of poisoning much of Chico´s water.

California officials say the state has spent more than $6 million testing, treating and cleaning water contaminated with a toxic cleaning substance known as PCE.

Decades have passed since many of the defendants have used PCE, a suspected human carcinogen. It was first detected in Chico´s water in 1988. The suit also names the city of Chico, whose sewers in the contaminated area are cracked and leaking.