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California Lawmakers Renew Call for ‘Drought Profiteering’ Probe

  • Bipartisan group seeks urgent action from Justice Department
  • Potential market fraud threatens water supplies, letter says
Phoenix Lake in Ross, California.

Phoenix Lake in Ross, California.

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
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California lawmakers are ratcheting up calls for “urgent action” by the US Justice Department to investigate potential water crimes as the state battles “dire” supply shortages and drought.

The bipartisan group told US Attorney General Merrick Garland that, along with ongoing concern about possible “drought profiteering” and water theft, worry is building that “fraud and market manipulation” is constraining already severely limited water availability.