Shaina Brown

Major increase to air emission penalties proposed

By Shaina Brown, Policy Director

Capitol Update, March 2, 2018 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend


SB 1144 (Bill Dodd, D-Vacaville) increases penalties for Title V facilities, including refineries, petrochemical plants and fossil-fuel-powered electricity-generating power plants, that violate emissions regulations and present a threat to the health or welfare of the public.

In cases of strict liability, the fines would be increased to $30,000 per day and for cases of negligence the fines would be $75,000 per day. If the facility fails to take corrective action, the fine would be $125,000 per day and should the violation be shown to be “willful and intentional” the fine is $250,000 per day.

Most significant is the potential increase to $500,000 per day if the facility has prior violations in the last 3 years.

CMTA opposes SB 1144.

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