Valley water cop’s marriage to lobbyist a conflict of interest

A woman charged with protecting the Central Valley from water polluters is married to a lobbyist for polluters. She is an attorney who represents polluters.

What’s not to like about Katherine Hart? Except, of course, a glaring conflict of interest.

Hart, chairwoman of the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board, was appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2005.

Arnold is pro-business; Hart is pro-business; that’s fair.

What’s not fair – what’s troubling – is that Hart’s husband is in business with wastewater dischargers. He makes big money representing them.

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