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March 7, 2001
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Erin Brockovich, the woman who became the subject of a movie after championing a water contamination case against Pacific Gas and Electric Co., traveled to the state Capitol Wednesday to lend her support to a new bill that deals with the problem of toxic mold.

The bill, by Sen. Deborah Ortiz (D), aims to find standards for mold and require disclosures for landlords and homeowners.

Brockovich told the Senate Health and Human Services Committee that mold has invaded her own home. She said that her long list of health problems were caused by mold, and blames shoddy construction for her mold problems.

She also said that she will take responsibility for the cleanup, but said that her builder should share in it.

The California Building Industry Association said that it supports the goals of the Ortiz bill, but added that mold is not just a homebuilder issue. A spokesman said that homeowners sometimes cause mold themselves through their own practices.

The committee also heard from members of the insurance industry and researchers.

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