As the federal government ramps up its efforts to combat methane leaks from a California groundwater storage facility, a state lawmaker has raised concerns that the government is using the effort to mask the fact that it’s hurting the people of California.

California has been grappling with a growing number of methane leaks over the last year, with a total of about 8,500 leaks recorded at the California Aqueduct since February.

The leaks have caused serious health problems, including acute respiratory illnesses and deaths.

In June, a fire in the facility caused more than $1 million in damage, but no deaths were reported.

At a hearing in California last week, state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D) said the state is seeing “a huge increase” in leaks and asked the EPA to help her push for a more aggressive approach.

“This is a crisis and we’re seeing it right now,” she told the EPA’s Under Secretary for Water and Power, Michael Smith.

“It is affecting people’s lives.”

The state is already using the EPA-approved process to try to clean up leaks at the facility.

A new study commissioned by the agency found that the EPA approved for the EPA plan would allow the state to use only water pumps that are designed to pump methane.

But Jackson said she believes that the state’s plan is too restrictive, and she’s concerned about the effect that will have on the people who live in her district.

“I’m concerned that this may be a way for the state of California to avoid the accountability of having to go through the full range of federal and state environmental laws that the public has a right to expect,” she said.

The state also recently moved to shut down a wastewater treatment plant, which is the main source of the leaked water.

Jackson said that is also causing the water to leak, because of the way the plant is built.

“We’re getting water into a facility where it is pumped out into the atmosphere and then we’re using it to create methane and create a greenhouse gas,” she added.

“What they’re doing is they’re using a leak that they didn’t build properly,” Jackson said.

“And the EPA is saying that we can use the same leak to get methane out of a wastewater plant.”

She also said the EPA could use its powers under the Clean Water Act to regulate the leaks.

“The EPA is not going to be able to regulate all of these leaks.

They can regulate the ones that it considers to be in the public interest,” she continued.

“But I do think that it would be important that the agency look at the entire issue of methane in this water system, because there are significant methane leaks that are occurring and are impacting people’s health, and it is a problem.”