597 Environmental Quality articles


Polystyrene package ban moves to suspense file
 May 19, 2017

SB 705 (Ben Allen, D-Redondo Beach) was heard in Senate Appropriations on Monday, May 15 and was placed on the suspense file. SB 705 would prohibit restaurants, retailers, universities, detention facilities and more from using food service ...
SAVE THE DATE – IEA/CMTA Environmental Training & Symposium, Oct. 30 & 31, San Diego
 May 12, 2017

If you haven’t done so already, be sure to mark your calendars for the 33rd Annual Environmental Training Symposium and Conference, hosted by the Industrial Environmental Association (IEA) and CMTA. This year’s theme “Navigating ...
SWRCB rescinds mandatory conservation standards
 April 28, 2017

This week, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) rescinded the water supply “stress test” requirements and remaining mandatory conservation standards for urban water suppliers. The action was in direct response to the ...
Required warning on food dyes dies
 April 21, 2017

Last week, SB 504 (Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont) was amended to become a study bill on the risks to children who consume synthetic food dyes. The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessments is to review scientific literature on the issues. A ...
Air quality liability causes confusion for CA industry
 April 7, 2017

AB 421 (Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles) passed out of Assembly Environmental Safety & Toxic Materials last week and will now move on to Assembly Judiciary. This bill would make “emission into the air” eligible for cost recovery ...
Governor lifts drought emergency, retains ban on wasteful use
 April 7, 2017

In January of 2014 Governor Brown declared a drought state of emergency and directed state agencies to take all necessary actions to respond to drought conditions. In April of 2015, the Governor announced the first-ever statewide mandatory ...
Bill bans large use of hydrofluoric acid near residences
 March 31, 2017

AB 1645 (Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance) was recently amended to ban the use of hydrogen fluoride and hydrofluoric acid by January 1, 2020 in facilities that store, maintain, or handle more than 250 gallons of the product and are located within two ...
California leaders respond to federal efforts to roll back vehicle pollution standards
 March 24, 2017

The federal Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) decision to roll back vehicle pollution standards finalized earlier this year have been met by opposition from political leaders in California this week. Governor Brown, Attorney ...
CalRecycle packaging reform workshop – 3/22/17
 March 19, 2017

There is currently a growing emphasis on eliminating anything going into our landfills from carpet and medicine to paper, plastic and more. At the same time, there is an increased focus on chemicals in manufactured products, the types of containers ...
Federal uncertainty spurs California legislation
 March 10, 2017

November’s Presidential election has cast a shadow of uncertainty across the country on a variety of issues and topics. From women’s rights and immigration to health care and environmental policies, all eyes are on the Trump ...
Product labeling bills introduced
 Feb. 24, 2017

After the 2017 bill introduction deadline, nearly 2,500 bills were introduced, which sets a record for the most bills introduced in a single year. As CMTA policy committees move forward identifying priorities and building coalitions, themes have ...
Hazardous waste facilities are focus of 2017 legislative session
 Feb. 17, 2017

The last day for bills to be introduced was Friday, February 17th and there was a flurry of activity over at the Capitol. Of note to manufacturers tracking environmental legislation is a set of bills in the Assembly regarding hazardous waste ...
Hello Manufacturers!
 Feb. 10, 2017

My name is Shaina Brown and I am the newest member of CMTA’s government relations team. As Policy Director, I will be focusing on environmental issues that are important to manufacturers, tracking and advocating many issues including CEQA ...
Busy year ahead as DTSC releases “Green Chemistry” draft and independent review panel report
 Jan. 6, 2017

The Department of Toxic Substances Control’s (DTSC) Safer Consumer Products (SCP) Program recently released its “Draft Alternatives Analysis (AA) Guide” for public review and comment. The AA Guide is intended to help ...
South Coast AQMD set to consider scrapping RECLAIM program
 Oct. 28, 2016

Facing a lawsuit from environmental groups and pressure from state and federal regulators, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is contemplating phasing out the 22-year old program that allowed industry the option of buying ...
CII sector water conservation measures under development
 Oct. 28, 2016

On the heels of declining monthly water conservation numbers, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) in conjunction with the Department of Water Resources (DWR) are developing a report for release by January 10, 2017 that provides ...
2016 Environmental Conference brings together regulators, compliance professionals
 Oct. 9, 2016

The 2016 Environmental Training Symposium and Conference put on by California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) and the Industrial Environmental Association (IEA) was held in San Diego last week and drew environmental compliance ...
South Coast AQMD considering vehicle registration fee increase for smog reduction
 Sept. 30, 2016

As a means to help pay for smog reduction programs, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is proposing an increase in vehicle registration fees for millions of Southern California drivers. The proposed $30 increase would ...
Two weeks to Environmental Conference
 Sept. 23, 2016

Hosted by CMTA and the Industrial Environmental Association, the 32nd Annual Environmental Training Symposium and Conference is only two weeks away, October 5 and 6 in San Diego. We have an incredible program lined up. Register here We hope ...
CalRecycle staff propose mandatory statewide packaging program
 Sept. 16, 2016

At the outset of the year CalRecycle convened a host of entities for a “Manufacturers Challenge” workshop with the goal of better understanding how manufacturers were working to address reductions in packaging material going to ...
32nd Annual CMTA/IEA Environmental Training Symposium & Conf.
 Sept. 9, 2016

October 5 & 6, San Diego Convention Center -- Early bird registration has been extended!  Register by close of business Wednesday, September 14 to receive your discount. Register here  |  See the program   Featured ...
New version of CalEnviroScreen to be unveiled
 Aug. 26, 2016

CalEPA’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) will hold a series of public workshops and webinars on an updated draft version of CalEnviroScreen, deemed CalEnviroScreen 3.0. CalEnviroScreen 2.0 was released in October 2014. ...
CMTA/IEA Environmental Conference - Register Today!
 Aug. 19, 2016

CMTA’s environmental conference in conjunction with the Industrial Environmental Association (IEA) will again be held at the San Diego Convention Center, this year on Wednesday, October 5th and Thursday October 6th. The theme is “Finding ...
DTSC's Independent Review Panel releases its third report on enforcement program
 Aug. 5, 2016

The Department of Toxic Substances Control’s (DTSC) Independent Review Panel (IRP) submitted its third 90-day report to Governor Brown and the Legislature on July 26th.  The latest report is devoted entirely to DTSC’s enforcement ...
Prop 65 warnings saga nears end
 July 7, 2016

A little over two years ago, Governor Jerry Brown announced that he wanted to make Proposition 65 warnings less susceptible to frivolous lawsuits and at the same time more useful to consumers. Since Proposition 65 was passed by a state ballot ...
TOSCA reform, and what it means
 July 1, 2016

In 1976 President Gerald Ford signed the Toxic Substances Control Act (TOSCA) into law. In 40 years, the US-EPA has ordered testing of only about 250 of the 84,000 chemicals in use and banned or restricted 9. Over time, public confidence in the ...
Life of a plastic bottle – recycled content
 June 16, 2016

Assembly Member Rich Gordon (D-San Jose) introduced a bill, AB 2530, in February to require a manufacturer of a beverage sold in a plastic container in California to clearly indicate through labeling the average percentage of postconsumer recycled ...
Amended environmental bill still a problem
 June 10, 2016

SB 163 by Senator Bob Herzberg (D-Van Nuys) initially required wastewater treatment plants to find an alternative use for 50 percent of the wastewater that they release to the ocean or bays by 2026 and 100 percent by 2033. Sanitation agencies ...
CMTA/IEA Environmental Conference
 May 20, 2016

Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities available October 5th and 6th have been set for this year’s environmental training symposium and conference, put on jointly by CMTA and the Industrial Environmental Association. This year’s event ...
Unwarranted pesticide restrictions proposed
 May 13, 2016

SB 1282 by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) would require two things: 1) the reclassification of neonicotinoid pesticides as restricted materials by January 1, 2018, which would eliminate them from use and specify labeling of seeds and ...
Wastewater bill with significant financial impacts
 May 6, 2016

Last year, Senator Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) introduced a bill on elections that was gut and amended in the Assembly on September 3rd and promptly sent to Rules where it has been inactive ever since. The sanitation agencies now report that ...
Online environmental complaint system initiated
 April 29, 2016

On April 21st, the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) launched an online tool that will make it easier for the public to report environmental problems anywhere in the state from their smartphones, tablets and computers. CalEPA ...
Power grab
 April 15, 2016

On April 7th, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) gut-and-amended his SB 1387 that previously dealt with personal property, but now redefines how the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) operates. ...
Service to disadvantaged communities
 April 8, 2016

The last four years of drought has brought to light the problems faced by low economic communities in obtaining a sustainable, quality water supply. Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) authored SB 1318 to prohibit a city or district from extending ...
The Exide clean-up package
 April 8, 2016

On Wednesday morning, April 6th, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee 3 on Transportation and Natural Resources, chaired by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) held an informational hearing on the proposed plan to clean-up the Exide ...
Concerns eased on five environmental bills
 April 1, 2016

A number of environmental bills that CMTA members were very concerned about have now either been dropped or amended into a bill of no concern: AB 1759 (Rob Bonta, D-Alameda) – Hydrogen Fluoride/Hydrofluoric Acid Ban. This bill would have ...
Bisphenol A solutions offered by CalEPA
 March 18, 2016

On Thursday, March 10th, California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) Secretary Matt Rodriquez, Undersecretary Gordon Burns and the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) hierarchy met with representatives of industries that ...
Tighter trichloroethylene public health goal considered
 March 11, 2016

The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is working on an update to its 2009 Public Health Goal (PHG) for Trichloroethylene (TCE) in drinking water of 1.7 parts per billion (ppb). The PHG is the foundation for our TCE ...
South coast regulator change?
 March 4, 2016

Barry Wallerstein has worked for the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) for more than three decades and has been executive officer for the past 19 years. It appears that his reign is likely coming to an end. SCAQMD is recognized as ...
A drop in bill introductions
 Feb. 26, 2016

This year’s deadline to introduce legislation was February 19th. The good news is that we saw about a 25 percent reduction in the number of new bills this year over last, 2094 to 2772, respectively. Normally, we see almost as many bills ...
Prop. 65 listing challenged
 Feb. 19, 2016

On January 21st, Monsanto sued the CalEPA’s Office of Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) to halt the listing of the herbicide glyphosphate as a carcinogen. The supplier of products and services to agriculture claims that OEHHA used an illegal ...
Hydrogen Fluoride/Hydrofluoric Acid Ban Proposed
 Feb. 12, 2016

Last year, on the morning of Sunday, September 6th, a leak of a potentially dangerous gas occurred from a three-inch nozzle as a truck containing hydrofluoric acid unloaded its contents into a vessel at ExxonMobil’s Torrance refinery. This ...
DTSC Independent Review Panel initial report released
 Feb. 5, 2016

In June of 2015, Senate Bill 83, a budget trailer bill, established the Independent Review Panel (IRP) within the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). The IRP is comprised of three members tasked with reviewing and making recommendations ...
Coastal Commission Executive Director on the ropes
 Jan. 29, 2016

The California Coastal Commission is seeking to oust Executive Director Charles Lester, according to a January 14th letter written by Commission Chair Steve Kinsey to the director. The letter cited that the 12-member panel will consider dismissing ...
Save the Date – CMTA/IEQ EQ Conference Oct. 5-6, San Diego
 Jan. 15, 2016

CMTA has held a Fall environmental conference in conjunction with the Industrial Environmental Association (IEA) for the past 18 years. This year it will be held on Wednesday, October 5th, and Thursday, October 6th at the San Diego Convention ...
Drought Update
 Jan. 8, 2016

Governor Brown declared a drought state of emergency in January of 2014 and directed state agencies to take all necessary actions to respond to drought conditions. In April of 2015, the Governor announced the first-ever statewide mandatory ...
Prop. 65 draft development period extended
 Dec. 11, 2015

On November 27th, California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced that it was withdrawing its January rulemaking to amend Proposition 65 warning rules and was issuing a new proposal. Under state administrative procedure ...
DTSC begins Hazardous Waste Landfill Mediation
 Dec. 4, 2015

On March 19th, El Puebla Para el Aire y Agua Limpia, a Kettleman City-based environmental justice activist group, and San Francisco-based Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice, alleged that the Department of Toxic Substances Control ...
Gov. Brown issues Order to prepare for 5th year of drought
 Nov. 19, 2015

Governor Brown declared a drought state of emergency in January 2014 and directed state agencies to take all necessary actions to respond to drought conditions. In April of 2015, the Governor announced the first-ever state-wide mandatory ...
Freight mobility improvements highlighted
 Nov. 13, 2015

On November 4th, Assembly Member Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) and his Assembly Transportation Committee staff held a meeting of business and transportation stakeholders to discuss freight issues. There was a concern that environmental priorities are being ...
California and Federal Underground Storage Tank Compliance
 Nov. 6, 2015

On October 21, 2015 the State Water Board sent out notice to Underground Storage Tanks (UST) owners and operators describing federal regulations they need to meet in addition to California’s UST requirements. UST owners and operators must ...
Meeting on State Water Quality Fees
 Oct. 28, 2015

The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) has been contemplating moving toward a tiered fee approach for water quality fees under the stormwater Industrial General Permit (IGP). Board members and staff believe a tiered approach would be ...
8-Hour ozone standard reduced by U.S. EPA
 Oct. 23, 2015

In late November of 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to drop the National Ambient Air Quality Standard’s (NAAQS) allowable 8-hour ozone level from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 65-70 ppb and announced that they ...
Federal rail crisis looming
 Oct. 16, 2015

Under the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008, railroads that transport passengers and ship certain chemicals face a December 31, 2015 deadline to install Positive Train Controls (PTC). PTC is a GPS system designed to monitor and control train ...
CMTA Environmental Symposium in two weeks
 Oct. 12, 2015

CMTA’s annual environmental training and symposium is scheduled for Thursday, October 29th, and Friday, October 30th, at the San Diego Convention Center. Again this year, our partner for the conference is the Industrial Environmental ...
Green Chemistry alternatives assessment language unveiled
 Oct. 2, 2015

On September 24th, the Department of Toxics Substances Control (DTSC) released their long awaited Draft Stage 1 Alternatives Analysis Guide (AA) for their Safer Consumer Products program (Green Chemistry). The Stage 2 AA is scheduled to be released ...
AG announces changes to Prop 65 regs
 Oct. 1, 2015

On Monday, September 28, Attorney General (AG) Kamala Harris announced a series of regulatory changes to Proposition 65 meant to curb frivolous lawsuits. Prop 65 is the landmark law that requires businesses to provide warnings if they expose ...
Looking forward to next year?
 Sept. 18, 2015

With legislators now home in their districts, it is time to reflect on a few of the environmental bills we expect to see back again next year, because, as we all know, bad bills never die. We already know that Assembly Member Reginald Jones- Sawyer ...
Environmental quality legislation update
 Sept. 11, 2015

On the environmental front, there has been a lot of action in the last two weeks of session. AB 1142 (Adam Gray, D-Merced) – Surface Mining stalled, but SB 162 (Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton) – Treated Wood passed the floor of both ...
New commercial organics recycling law goes into effect next year
 Sept. 4, 2015

With the passage of AB 1826 (Chesbro, Chapter 727, Statutes of 2014), new organics recycling requirements will be phased in over several years and will help the state meet its goal of recycling 75 percent of its waste by 2020. AB 1826 requires ...
Prop. 65 warning for lead
 Aug. 28, 2015

In early July, we reported that an Alameda County Superior Court judge had issued a tentative decision dismissing Mateel Environmental Justice Foundations suit against California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) which ...
BPA dilemma for many industries
 Aug. 21, 2015

In May of this year, the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced that it was adding bisphenol A (BPA) to its list of products requiring labeling under Proposition 65. It ...
Water quality permit fees expected to drop
 Aug. 13, 2015

Late last week the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) held a water quality fees stakeholder workshop at which staff shared positive permit fee news regarding fiscal year (FY) 2015-16. National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) ...
CMTA sues OEHHA over perchlorate PHG
 Aug. 5, 2015

On June 29th, the California Manufacturers & Technology Association filed suit against California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) in Sacramento Superior Court challenging OEHHA’s February 27th decision to ...
Smithline appointed CalRecycle Director
 July 28, 2015

On Thursday, July 16th, Governor Jerry Brown announced that he had appointed Scott Smithline, 45, of Davis as director of the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (popularly known as CalRecycle), replacing Caroll Mortensen who ...
Apply for an Environmental Excellence award
 July 30, 2015

CMTA puts on an environmental conference/symposium each year in San Diego in conjunction with the Industrial Environmental Association (IEA).  This year’s event is scheduled for Thursday, October 29th and Friday, October 30th at the San ...
Senate Rules sends Lee for confirmation as DTSC Director
 July 17, 2015

Barbara Lee was appointed Director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) on December 1, 2014 by Governor Brown, subject to Senate Rules Committee approval and confirmation by the full Senate.   Ms. Lee previously ...
Register now for CMTA/IEA Environmental Conference
 July 10, 2015

CMTA and the Industrial Environmental Association will be holding their annual Environmental Training Symposium and Conference at the San Diego Convention Center on Thursday, October 29th and Friday October 30th this year. This conference is one of ...
Environmentalist lawsuit against OEHHA rejected
 July 2, 2015

The Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation filed suit against California‘s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) on January 13th in an attempt to require OEHHA to rescind the current safe harbor level for lead, which is 0.5 ...
Bolstered funding and oversight panel in DTSC future
 June 26, 2015

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has been blasted by environmental activists for years under a number of directors for what the Environmental Justice (EJ) community has viewed as poor management and collusion with ...
Some less-than-likeable environmental bills go inactive
 June 19, 2015

At the end of May, fiscal bills had to pass out of the appropriations committee in their house of origin and all bills had to pass off the floor of their respective house by the end of the following week. A number of environmental bills which CMTA ...
New commercial organics recycling law goes into effect next year
 June 12, 2015

With the passage of AB 1826 (Chesbro, Chapter 727, Statutes of 2014), new organics recycling requirements will be phased in over several years to help the state meet its goal of recycling 75 percent of its waste by 2020. AB 1826 requires ...
CMTA/IEA Environmental Conference -- Oct 29-30, 2015
 May 28, 2015

Save the date! The Industrial Environmental Association and the California Manufacturers & Technology Association have again teamed up to produce an environmental conference in San Diego in the late Fall. The 2015 Environmental Training ...
Mandatory Recycled Content Packaging Bill Proposed
 May 22, 2015

Legislation has been introduced that would require all food and beverage packaging made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic to contain a minimum of 10 percent post-consumer recycled content (PCR) as of July 1, 2016. AB 1447 by Assembly ...
Oil industry under attack
 May 15, 2015

Last year, we saw approximately 20 bills introduced attempting to curtail or cease fracking operations for California oil. By the end of that session, only one bill emerged, SB 4 by Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) which provided direction to ...
Motor Oil Mandate Proposed
 May 8, 2015

Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) has authored SB 778 – Automotive Oil Source Reduction, which constrains the range of motor oil products available for gasoline and diesel engines used in passenger cars and light duty trucks. His bill would ...
Tougher Hazardous Waste Handling Laws Proposed
 May 1, 2015

SB 654, Hazardous Waste Facility Permitting, authored by Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and SB 673, Hazardous Waste, by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) would both have a deleterious effect on the handling and ...
Bill requires stricter enforcement of hazardous waste facilities
 April 24, 2015

A hazardous waste enforcement bill by Assembly Member Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville), AB 1075, states that DTSC would have compelling cause to deny, revoke or suspend  a hazardous waste permit, registration or certificate for any person or ...
CalRecycle's 'Manufacturer's Challenge'
 April 17, 2015

CalEPA’s Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) has announced a workshop on June 17th titled the “Manufacturer’s Challenge”. The Manufacturer’s Challenge is a voluntary opportunity for product ...
Sustainable freight report released
 April 10, 2015

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is planning to implement its “Sustainable Freight Initiative” to achieve lower ozone levels and at the same time reduce greenhouse gases. On Friday, April 3rd, ARB released its long-delayed ...
Glass container exemption from toxics law
 April 2, 2015

Assembly Member Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville) is the author of AB 1435, Hazardous Waste: Toxic Packaging.  This bill would exempt glass beverage containers from the California Toxics in Packaging Law.  The Toxics in Packaging Law is intended ...
No Trade Secret Protection
 March 27, 2015

During the last week of bill introduction, Assembly Member Reginald Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles) released AB 708 – Consumer Products: contents information. Commencing July 1, 2016, this bill would prohibit the manufacture, sale at the ...
OEHHA considering BPA for Prop 65 listing
 March 13, 2015

  The California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment’s (OEHHA) Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee (DART) will consider Bisphenol A (BPA) for possible ...
More Microbead Measures
 March 6, 2015

Last year, Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) carried AB 1699, Synthetic Plastic Microbeads, which failed to garner enough votes on the Senate floor and was moved to inactive. This session, the Assemblymember has again introduced another ...
OEHHA Adopts Updated PHG for Perchlorate in Drinking Water
 March 6, 2015

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has adopted an updated public health goal for perchlorate in drinking water that is set at one part per billion (ppb). According to OEHHA, the update considers recent toxicological and ...
Referendum Repealing Bag Ban and Paper Tax Qualifies
 Feb. 27, 2015

On February 24th, the California Secretary of State announced that the referendum repealing SB 270 (the plastic grocery bag ban and 10 cent fee on paper bags) had qualified for the November 2016 ballot. The American Progressive Bag Alliance gathered ...
DTSC Cost Recovery Bills Introduced
 Feb. 27, 2015

In August of 2014, the State Auditor’s office, released a report soundly criticizing the Department of Toxic Substances Control  (DTSC) for failing to collect over $100 million from parties responsible for the cleanup of contaminated ...
Bill clarifies minor air violations
 Feb. 20, 2015

Assemblymember Jim Patterson (R-Fresno) introduced AB 335 (Air Quality: Minor Violations) on February 13th. This bill would require the State Air Resources Board and the regional air pollution control and air quality management districts to ...
Rail safety getting attention
 Feb. 12, 2015

Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) has introduced AB 102, Railroad Safety and Emergency Planning and Response. In addition to being the Chair of both the Select Assembly Committee and the Joint Committee on Emergency Management, Rodriguez ...
CMTA storm water seminar online
 Feb. 12, 2015

On January 21st, CMTA sponsored a seminar on compliance with the new state industrial storm water permit that goes into effect on July 1. We videotaped the seminar and it is available on our website using the links below. Laurel Warddrip Ed ...
Lead safe harbor challenged
 Feb. 5, 2015

In January, the Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation sued California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) seeking to invalidate the department’s safe harbor level of 0.5 micrograms per day for lead that was set ...
New Prop 65 warning regulations released
 Jan. 29, 2015

On January 12th, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) issued their “final draft” of proposed changes to regulations concerning Proposition 65 warnings and announced the commencement of formal rulemaking. This ...
CARB Survey with significant non-reporting penalty
 Jan. 23, 2015

The California Air Resource Board (CARB) has posted materials on their website pertaining to a Consumer and Commercial Products Survey that was apparently announced in September. There are four to six times more products included than previously ...
Don't miss CMTA's free Stormwater Compliance Seminar on January 21
 Jan. 15, 2015

Who will present: State Water Resources Control Board representative – Laurel Warddrip Environmental consulting firm: AECOM/URS Corporation – John Gleason and Ed Othmer Law firm: Downey Brand – Nicole Granquist CMTA – ...
CEQA Reform Proposed
 Jan. 9, 2015

Forty-five years ago, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) went into effect and since then reforms have been minimal. While the environmental improvements attributed to its passage are considerable, the act has at the same time been an ...
ARB Postpones Sustainable Freight Initiative Program
 Dec. 18, 2014

In January of 2014, the California Air Resources Board announced that they were embarking on a mission to recommend how the state should move goods with zero or near-zero emissions, transitioning to cleaner, renewable transportation energy ...
Moratorium requested on hazardous material rail shipments
 Dec. 11, 2014

On November 28th, Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) called on Gov. Jerry Brown to halt the transport of crude oil and 25 hazardous materials by rail "through our most treacherous passes." The request by Hill came in reaction to a freight ...
Tighter ozone standards proposed
 Dec. 4, 2014

On the day before Thanksgiving, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new set of “National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone” (626 pages). All info linked here. EPA is proposing to drop the allowable ozone level ...
Storm water changes, CMTA to host seminar
 Nov. 21, 2014

The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) approved a new Industrial General Storm Water Permit (IGP) on April 1st of this year. The new permit requirements go into effect July 1, 2015. The IGP regulates discharges associated within 10 broad ...
CMTA members, others recognized for environmental leadership
 Nov. 12, 2014

NASSCO, a business unit of General Dynamics, was recognized for its environmental conservation and leadership efforts to continuously implement energy-efficient solutions at its San Diego shipyard. On October 27th, the company received an Award of ...
Workplace Use of Chemicals
 Oct. 23, 2014

Cal EPA’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has taken concrete steps this year to implement its Safer Consumer Products (Green Chemistry) regulation. These include the proposed listings of three “Priority Products”, at ...
Increasing Packaging Recycling
 Oct. 16, 2014

California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) has scheduled a workshop on November 13th in the Coastal Hearing Room at the CalEPA building in Sacramento from 9AM to 3PM on the topic of Packaging.  A copy of the ...
Push is on to expand beverage container recycling
 Oct. 9, 2014

In its latest report focused on beverage container recycling, Californians Against Waste (CAW) found that not all material intended for recycling is actually being recycled. While the recycling program remains strong and containers are accepted for ...
TCE vapor intrusion exposure limits being established
 Sept. 26, 2014

A number of CMTA members have expressed a concern with US-EPA Region IX’s recent actions regarding trichloroethylene and vapor intrusion and the Region’s efforts to get the US-EPA to adopt their exposure levels. This is a significant ...
Historic water legislation signed
 Sept. 26, 2014

Last week, Governor Brown signed a package of groundwater legislation that included three bills: AB 1739 (Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento), SB 1168 and 1319 (Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills). Collectively they are intended to strengthen local management ...
Field poll: support up for $7.5 billion state water bond
 Sept. 26, 2014

The latest Field Poll of 467 voters likely to vote on the November ballot asked about support for Proposition 1 that would authorize $7.5 billion in bonds to improve the state’s water supply, quality and infrastructure. The survey reported ...
Green Chemistry 3-year work plan released
 Sept. 18, 2014

On September 12, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) issued a draft “Priority Product Work Plan”. It identifies seven product categories from which “Priority Products” will be selected for regulation ...
CMTA asks for veto on bag ban
 Sept. 11, 2014

On the last day of session, the Senate passed SB 270 and sent it to the Governor. SB 270 (Alex Padilla, D-Pacoima) would ban single-use plastic bags at grocery checkout and impose a 10 cent minimum tax on postconsumer recycled content paper ...
Hazardous waste permitting bill to the Governor
 Sept. 4, 2014

In the final hours of the legislature last Friday, the Senate passed SB 812 (Kevin De Leon, D-Los Angeles), the incoming President pro Tempore of the Senate. This bill deals with hazardous waste permitting and re-permitting for hazardous waste ...
Compromise reached in sacred sites bill
 Aug. 28, 2014

A measure regarding CEQA and sacred sites, AB 52 (Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles), has been significantly amended over the past month and a half. It was evident from meetings with the Governor’s office that they wanted to see consultation with ...
A pleasant surprise
 Aug. 21, 2014

A few weeks ago we told you that the State Water Resources Control Board had held a workshop on June 20th concerning SWRCB fees for 2014-2015 and were proposing an increase in industrial fees of 10.5 percent. However, on August 14th, they formally ...
New water bond to be on the ballot
 Aug. 15, 2014

A last minute push to meet a looming deadline brought democrats and republicans up and down the state to support a new $7.5 billion water bond. The Governor quickly signed the bill and now voters will make the final decision when they go to the ...
Storm water strategic initiative
 Aug. 15, 2014

Recently, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) unveiled a proposed program dubbed its “Storm Water Strategic Initiative”. It is essentially a framework of how the board staff would move forward in a different way than in the ...
Major changes in air permits on the horizon
 July 25, 2014

California’s Office of Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has revised its “Health Risk Assessment (HRA) Guidelines.” These draft changes will significantly impact local and State air toxics programs, as well as the way project ...
Trash in the water
 July 18, 2014

The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) held a public workshop on July 16th to take comments on its recently released draft on statewide trash policy. This policy could have serious ramifications for consumer product and packaging ...
Water fee increases on the horizon
 July 9, 2014

In late June, the staff of the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) held a public meeting and conference call to discuss updates and adjustments to the Water Quality Fee Regulations for 2014-15. The adjustments are geared towards ...
Governor puts forth preferred water bond parameters
 July 9, 2014

Early last week, Governor Jerry Brown met with leaders of both parties in the Senate and the Assembly to discuss a new water bond measure for November’s ballot. Brown offered to support a water bond proposal worth $6 billion with $2 billion ...
Making customer lists available to the State
 July 3, 2014

A bill from last year, SB 193 – Hazard Evaluation System and Information Service (HESIS) – authored by Senator Bill Monning (D- Carmel), was reactivated last week and scheduled to be heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. This ...
Environmental Conference, Oct. 28-29, San Diego
 June 26, 2014

Has California found a balance between promoting industry and protecting the environment? Find out at the 30th Annual Environmental Conference, sponsored by CMTA and the Industrial Environmental Association. The event is scheduled for October 28-29, ...
Hazardous waste permitting bill significantly worse
 June 20, 2014

On Thursday of last week (June 12th), a two-year bill, SB 812 (Kevin De Leon. D-Los Angeles, the new President pro Tempore of the Senate) was significantly amended and is now three times as long and contains numerous provisions that would make it ...
Sacred sites bill activated
 June 13, 2014

A two year bill from 2013, AB 52, Native Americans: CEQA, authored by Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D- Los Angeles), was amended and activated late last week. CMTA is part of a coalition in opposition to AB 52, but we are not opposed to the goal of ...
California Coastkeeper files storm water permit suit
 June 6, 2014

The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) approved the Industrial General Permit for storm water discharges on a unanimous vote on April 1st. As anticipated, California Coastkeeper, the most outspoken critic of the approved Permit, has filed a ...
A bag ban is back
 May 15, 2014

Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) is the author of SB 270, Solid Waste – Single-Use Carryout Bags. This bill originally had to do with the underground economy and had already made it through the Senate and to the Assembly’s Natural ...
Bill targeting flame retardants is misleading & unscientific
 May 9, 2014

Earlier this year CMTA’s Environmental Quality Committee targeted Senator Mark Leno’s (D-San Francisco) SB 1019 as a bill to watch closely. The bill had to do with the Secretary of CalEPA’s Working Group on Environmental ...
A few environmental bill "victories"
 May 1, 2014

This is the time of year when we see many spot bills of potential fail to materialize and a number of the less well thought-out, overly-broad work-in progress bills get dropped by their authors. The deadline for fiscal bills to get out of policy ...
Prop 65 update
 April 24, 2014

In May of last year, Governor Brown issued a press release to say he wanted to see action taken to curtail the frivolous lawsuits filed based on Proposition 65 and to make the warnings more meaningful to the general public. Unfortunately, such ...
Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act
 April 11, 2014

Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) has introduced a bill, SB 1000, which would prohibit the distribution or sale in California of specified sugar-sweetened beverages in a sealed beverage container or a multipack unless they bear the warning: ...
Genetically Engineered Label Proposed
 April 4, 2014

Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) introduced SB 1381 which would “require that any food, except as provided, offered for retail sale in the state be considered misbranded if it is entirely or partially genetically engineered and that fact is ...
CMTA opposes surface mining bill
 March 28, 2014

Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) is the author of SB 1270 which changes the oversight of the California Geological Survey and the requirements for surface mining operations. It also requires annual reporting fees on each mine. The bill is ...
Green chemistry program targets initial products
 March 21, 2014

On Thursday, March 13th, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) announced three "draft priority products" – consumer goods sold in California that contain at least one of the 1,100 chemicals identified by the ...
OEHHA releases new Prop 65 warning proposal
 March 13, 2014

On Friday, March 7th, the California Office of Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) released what they have termed a summary of a “Preregulatory Proposal” concerning Proposition 65 warnings.  The proposal takes into account comments ...
Microplastics ban proposed
 March 6, 2014

Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) has introduced AB 1699 banning the sale of microplastics in the state as of January 1, 2016 and imposing a penalty of $2,500 per day for each violation. The bill would require the Department of ...
Biosynthetic lubricant mandate
 Feb. 28, 2014

Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) has introduced SB 916, which would effectively ban the sale of lubricating oil in California by January 2017 unless it contains at least 25 percent biosynthetic content. SB 916 would also require state agencies to ...
Final stormwater discharge IGP released for review
 Feb. 21, 2014

On Tuesday, February 18th, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) released the final revision for the Industrial General Stormwater Permit (IGP). In 1997, SWRCB adopted the existing IGP for regulation of stormwater discharges ...
Recycling survey
 Feb. 14, 2014

In June of 2013, the Institute for Local Government (ILG) was awarded a grant by the California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) to provide an impartial, non-technical and practical view of two areas related to recycling ...
Sustainable freight transport initiative
 Feb. 7, 2014

In March last year, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced an effort to develop a “Sustainable Freight Transport Initiative” that would outline the needs and steps to transform California’s system to one that is more ...
Plastic bag ban agreement
 Jan. 30, 2014

Last week, the Sacramento Bee announced that a deal had been reached between Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) and Senators Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles) and Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), who had stalled Padilla’s attempt to ban plastic bags ...
Plastics & vinyl chemical added to Prop 65 list
 Jan. 23, 2014

On December 20, 2013, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced that it will add diisononyl phthalate (DINP) to the list of chemicals known to the State to cause cancer for purposes of the Safe Drinking Water ...
Proposed Prop 65 changes imminent
 Jan. 16, 2014

Last year in May, Governor Brown announced that he favored Proposition 65 regulatory reform and was going to back changes to reduce frivolous lawsuits. However, as his plan unfolded, there was something in it for all stakeholders (environmentalists, ...
Lawmakers urge halt to hydraulic fracturing
 Jan. 16, 2014

In a letter sent to the Governor last week, Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) and nine of his Democratic colleagues called upon Governor Brown to enact a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in California.  The ...
Public health impact bill targets consumer products
 Jan. 10, 2014

Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) has moved his bill from last year, SB 747, "Public Health Impact Assessment," from the inactive file and has amended it. Unfortunately, this bill takes a simplistic approach to solving a very complex ...
California ports facing new challenge
 Dec. 30, 2013

The prosperity of California’s ports is integral to the economic recovery of California’s manufacturing sector and the State’s economic competitiveness as a whole. Our public ports facilitate shipments of over $350 billion in ...
DTSC initiates quarterly public meetings
 Dec. 13, 2013

In an attempt to increase transparency, CalEPA’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has announced the beginning of quarterly meetings to discuss key programs. The first is set for Monday, December 16th from 9:00 a.m. to noon in the ...
Diesel Truck rules challenged
 Dec. 6, 2013

Industry groups are pressuring the state air board to relax its controversial diesel truck rule by delaying for several months a deadline for most trucks to install particulate matter filters. After months of increasing political pressure from ...
Dow Chemical receives award
 Nov. 25, 2013

  CMTA member, The Dow Chemical Company, was presented with an Award for Environmental Excellence at the environmental conference hosted by CMTA, CICC and IEA in San Diego on November 5th. In 1989, The Dow Chemical Company purchased 450 acres ...
CalEnviroScreen in operation
 Nov. 22, 2013

In June, the California Environmental Protection Agency, CalEPA, announced the formation of an interagency working group consisting of enforcement chiefs from each agency within CalEPA to focus on pollution and environmental compliance in proximity ...
Bullet train is CEQA exempt?
 Nov. 15, 2013

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has declared that the high-speed rail project should not be subject to California’s Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) because state officials are not seeking CEQA review and third parties cannot force ...
SF Bay Regional Water Board - Trash Workshop
 Nov. 8, 2013

The San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board will hold a public workshop on November 13 at 1pm (1515 Clay St, Oakland) to discuss trash reduction mandates and how municipalities may determine compliance with future permitting ...
San Joaquin Valley facing water crisis in 2014
 Oct. 31, 2013

Unfortunately, the San Joaquin Valley is currently being threatened with zero water allocation from the Central Valley Project (CVP) for 2014. Due to an anticipated third consecutive dry year, combined with federal pumping restriction, water ...
Strategies released to achieve 75 percent recycling goal
 Oct. 24, 2013

Over the past year, CalRecycle has continued discussions regarding the 75 percent diversion goal to be achieved by 2020 under AB 341 (Wesley Chesbro, D-Arcata, 2011). The Department held three workshops in an effort to engage stakeholders in ...
Overly restrictive drinking water standard proposed for hexavalent chromium
 Oct. 10, 2013

On August 23, 2013, the California Department of Public Health (DPH) proposed a drinking water regulation to establish a maximum contaminant level (MCL) for hexavalent chromium (Cr6).  The proposed MCL is 10 parts per billion (ppb).  The ...
CMTA Environmental Conference
 Oct. 10, 2013

November 5-6, San DiegoJoin CMTA, the Industrial Environmental Association, the Chemical Industry Council of California and over 400 representatives from high tech, biotech, and manufacturing companies at the 29th Annual Environmental Conference on ...
Green Chemistry program launched
 Oct. 3, 2013

On Tuesday, October 1st, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) announced the launch of their Safer Consumer Products (SCP) program implementing new "Green Chemistry" regulations, five years after Governor ...
Big increase in wastewater discharge fees
 Sept. 26, 2013

On Tuesday, September 24th, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) approved emergency regulations revising their regulatory fee schedules for waste water discharges significantly upward. The Board’s figures indicate the need to ...
CMTA Environmental Conference: November 5-6, San Diego
 Sept. 18, 2013

Join CMTA, the Industrial Environmental Association, the Chemical Industry Council of California and over 400 representatives from high tech, biotech, and manufacturing companies at the 29th Annual Environmental Conference on November 5 and 6 at the ...
Gut & amend double environmental penalties
 Sept. 12, 2013

  In the last week of session, AB 1330 (Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles) had its text gutted and amended to establish the Green Zone Trust Fund, which will be funded solely by the doubling of air and hazardous waste fines and penalties ...
CEQA bill on infill development opposed by business
 Sept. 12, 2013

A bill to reform the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), SB 731 (President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento) is being amended today, Wednesday, September 11. The CEQA Working Group, including business, local government and other ...
SB 193 is dead for this year!
 Aug. 29, 2013

Senator William Monning (D-Carmel) has announced that his SB 193, Hazard Evaluation System and Information Service, will be a two year bill.Existing law requires the Department of Industrial Relations, with the State Department of Public Health, to ...
State officially announces nation's first drinking water standard for hexavalent chromium
 Aug. 29, 2013

As expected, state officials with the Department of Public Health (DPH) have officially announced the first-in-the-nation drinking water standard for hexavalent chromium.At 10 parts per billion for the hexavalent form of chromium, the standard is ...
2013 Environmental Conference
 Aug. 22, 2013

November 5-6, San DiegoJoin CMTA, IEA and CICC, and over 400 representatives from high tech, biotech, and manufacturing companies at the 29th Annual Environmental Conference on November 5-6. Don't miss the West Coast's premier event for ...
Mandate on RMP Facilities Proposed
 Aug. 8, 2013

Senate Bill 54(Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley) was “gut and amended” on Monday, August 5th, from urgency legislation having to do with Alameda County employee retirement to a bill which would mandate that contractors employed at facilities ...
Specifics released on industrial storm water permit
 July 26, 2013

The Industrial Storm Water General Permit is a National Pollution Discharge Elimination Permit that regulates discharges associated with 10 broad categories of industrial activities. The General Industrial Permit requires the implementation of ...
Prop 65 changes contemplated
 July 18, 2013

On Tuesday, May 7th, Governor Brown revealed plans to pursue Proposition 65 reform to essentially eliminate frivolous lawsuits and make signage more informative for the public. The California Environmental Protection Agency’s (CalEPA) Office ...
Cal/EPA creates new EJ Working Group
 July 12, 2013

Matt Rodriquez, Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), has announced the creation of a new agency-wide working group focused on environmental justice (EJ) and improving compliance with state environmental laws in ...
Save-the-Date CMTA Environmental Summit November 5 & 6, 2013 Paradise Point, San Diego
 June 27, 2013

CMTA's Environmental Conference will again be held in San Diego this year at the Paradise Point Hotel & Resort on Mission Bay in partnership with the Industrial Environmental Association (IEA) and the Chemical Industry Council of California ...
Focus on drinking water
 June 13, 2013

This year there were two bills introduced in the legislature aimed at moving responsibility for drinking water from the Department of Public Health (DPH) to the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB).  SB 117 by Senator Michael Rubio ...
Stormwater update
 June 6, 2013

The staff of the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) announced on Tuesday, June 4th, that they now anticipate the release of a new “Draft Industrial General Stormwater Permit” (IGP) and supporting documents on or around July 20, ...
Bad environmental bills on hold
 May 16, 2013

Four environmental bills that were of major concern to business and industry have now been made into “Two-Year Bills.” Others are still moving along.Two of the held bills pertained to extended producer responsibility and the ...
Governor proposes to curb Prop 65 lawsuit abuse
 May 9, 2013

On Tuesday, May 7th, Governor Brown revealed plans to pursue a series of reform measures he claims will "strengthen and restore" the original intent of Proposition 65.Approved by voters in 1986, Prop 65, known as the Safe Drinking Water ...
CEQA reform framework legislation advances
 May 3, 2013

The Senate Environmental Quality Committee approved the passage of SB 731 (Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento) this week, which lays out a framework for comprehensive reform of the California Environmental Quality Act, better known as CEQA. The ...
Orange County Water District - investigation, cleanup, & liability
 May 3, 2013

Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) is the author of SB 658, sponsored by the Orange County Water District (OCWD). This bill would authorize OCWD to investigate the quality of surface and groundwaters within their district to determine whether the ...
Expansion of bottle bill program proposed
 April 25, 2013

Assemblymember Richard Gordon (D-Redwood City) is the author of AB 1001, Recycling: Voluntary Beverage Containers. This bill would increase the size and type of beverage containers included in the California Beverage Container Recycling Program. It ...
Revised 'green chemistry' regulations released
 April 18, 2013

On Wednesday April 10th, California EPA’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released their tenth, and likely final, iteration of the Safer Consumer Products (commonly referred to as ‘Green Chemistry’) regulations. The ...
Competing mattress EPR bills
 April 12, 2013

Two bills were introduced in the Senate this year dealing with product stewardship for used mattresses. Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) is carrying a bill sponsored by the International Sleep Products Association, SB 245, while Senator Lonnie ...
Added cost to pharmaceuticals?
 April 4, 2013

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) is the author of SB 727, Medical Waste: Pharmaceutical Product Stewardship. As of January 2015, this bill would require pharmaceutical manufacturers in the state to band together to form a product ...
Is Your Operation a Nuisance?
 March 29, 2013

Senator Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) has introduced a bill this year, SB 691, which will give the air districts unprecedented power to serve as prosecutor, judge and jury on nuisance complaints.  The bill is sponsored by the Bay Area Air Quality ...
Proposition 65 update
 March 22, 2013

A bill to protect businesses from shake-down lawsuits related to Proposition 65 is awaiting its first hearing in the Assembly Environment, Safety and Toxic Materials Committee. Approved by voters in 1986, Prop 65 requires, among other things, that ...
ACC files suit on BPA listing
 March 14, 2013

On March 1, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group challenging the state’s proposal to list Bisphenol A (BPA) under Proposition 65. On January 25, 2013, the California Environmental ...
Steinberg taps Hill as new Senate EQ Chair
 March 14, 2013

Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) has appointed Senator Jerry Hill (D-Palo Alto) as the new Chairman of the Senate Environment Quality Committee.  The position became vacant following the surprise announcement by ...
Beverage recycling program in trouble
 March 7, 2013

The Division of Recycling within California’s Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery administers the Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act. In the past year, it has become apparent that the fund generated by the CRV ...
Take-out bags targeted
 March 1, 2013

Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) has authored AB 158 which would ban statewide single use carry-out plastic bags in grocery stores larger than 10,000 sq. ft., as of January 2015, supplying instead either a 40 percent postconsumer recycled ...
Industrial storm water permit update
 Feb. 22, 2013

Comments were due on the latest version of the State Water Resources Control Board’s (SWRCB) Industrial General Storm Water Permit on October 22, 2012.SWRCB’s staff reports that they are still working to address the comments received. ...
Potential prop 65 inclusion of BPA
 Feb. 15, 2013

On January 25th, Cal-EPA’s Office of Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced its intent to list Bisphenol A (BPA) as “known to the State of California to cause reproductive toxicity” under the authoritative bodies listing ...
Revised green chemistry regulations released
 Feb. 8, 2013

On Tuesday, January 29th, the Department of Toxics Substances Control (DTSC) released its ninth version of the proposed Safer Consumer Products (SCP) Regulation, a revision from the proposal released last Fall. There will be a 30-day comment period ...
LA County storm water parcel tax derailed
 Jan. 18, 2013

Los Angeles County officials have decided to wait on pushing a local ballot measure that would have imposed a new parcel fee on all property owners. The fee, estimated to generate roughly $290 million per year, would have been used on initiatives to ...
OEHHA comment period for perchlorate in drinking water
 Jan. 10, 2013

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has released the revised draft technical support document for a proposed updated Public Health Goal (PHG) for perchlorate in drinking water. Revision of the draft document has not changed ...
Appellate court limits Prop 65 reliance on labor code listing
 Dec. 13, 2012

On October 31, 2012, the California Court of Appeals, 3rd District,  affirmed a Superior Court decision prohibiting the inclusion of styrene and vinyl acetate on California’s Proposition 65 list based solely on their classification as ...
A lull in the air at CalEPA
 Nov. 29, 2012

The regulated community is holding its breath waiting for revised versions of three major documents proposed by  three different California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) entities which could make doing business in California ...
Report: Federal EPA regs will severely harm California's economic growth
 Nov. 29, 2012

CMTA joined the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) this week to release a new study, A Critical Review of the Benefits and Costs of EPA Regulations on the U.S. Economy, that examines the harmful impact of several ...
Paint industries file lawsuit
 Nov. 16, 2012

The American Coatings Association filed a lawsuit against Cal EPA’s Department of Resources, Recycling & Recovery (CalRecycle) on October 30th. The lawsuit is seeking a court order directing CalRecycle to cease and desist from ...
CMTA companies honored for environmental achievements
 Nov. 1, 2012

At the Environmental Summit, co-sponsored by CMTA, the Industrial Environmental Association and the Chemical Industry Council of California, held last week in San Diego, three CMTA-member companies were recognized with Environmental Excellence ...
Lawsuits on the Horizon over Solar Plans
 Oct. 18, 2012

Letters of protest have been filed by a number of environmental groups over the Department of Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) plans to develop solar project on millions of acres of land in 6 western states (California, ...
Report: Consumer Impact of California's Green Chemistry Initiative
 Oct. 18, 2012

A new economic impact analysis of the California Safer Consumer Products regulation (green chemistry regulation) by the California Foundation for Commerce and Education (CFCE), an affiliate of the California Chamber of Commerce, has revealed ...
Only a week until the Environmental Summit
 Oct. 12, 2012

CMTA's annual environmental summit co-sponsored with the Industrial Environmental Association (IEA) and the Chemical Industry Council of California (CCIC) is about a week from now on Tuesday, October 23, and Wednesday, October 24, at the ...
Water board ex parte bill signed
 Sept. 28, 2012

This week the Governor signed SB 965, authored by Senator Rod Wright (D-Los Angeles), which will eliminate the State Water Resources Board and the Regional Boards’ policy of being sequestered from communication with stakeholders on matters ...
CMTA Environmental Summit Oct. 23 & 24, Paradise Point, San Diego
 Sept. 28, 2012

Click here for more information and to register: http://cmta.net/conference.php?event_id=764
Wetlands policy still a problem
 Sept. 21, 2012

Last year, CMTA and a broad coalition of other industry associations wrote Governor Brown with concerns that the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) was developing a new, aggressive wetlands regulatory and permitting program that could have ...
CEQA reform on horizon
 Sept. 21, 2012

In order to make good on earlier promises, Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) has made implementing significant reforms to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) one of his top priorities for the next legislative ...
Above-ground tank bill to the Governor
 Sept. 14, 2012

AB 1566 (Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont) passed the legislature and was sent to the Governor for his signature.  While the bill revises the definition of aboveground storage tanks to include those in an underground area and redefines tank facility, ...
Aerosol coating and consumer products regulation workshops
 Aug. 30, 2012

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) will conduct a workshop on September 12th at 9 a.m. in Sacramento to discuss preliminary proposals to amend the Aerosol Coating Products Regulation. Potential amendments to the Consumer Products Regulation ...
Environmental justice tool unveiled
 Aug. 16, 2012

The California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal-EPA) is required by law to conduct its programs, policies and activities in a manner that ensures the fair treatment of people of all races, cultures and income levels. The term "Environmental ...
Lawsuit on chromium-6 standard filed
 Aug. 16, 2012

In a new lawsuit against the Department of Public Health (DPH), environmental groups are seeking a court-ordered timeline for the pending hexavalent chromium safe drinking water standard.In 2001, following the outcome of a previous lawsuit against ...
CMTA Environmental Summit on the horizon Oct. 23 & 24, Paradise Point, San Diego
 Aug. 10, 2012

CMTA’s 28th Annual Statewide Environmental Summit is scheduled from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm on Tuesday, October 23rd, and from 7:30am to Noon on Wednesday, October 24th.   The conference is again co-hosted with the Industrial ...
Toxicity assessment policy
 Aug. 3, 2012

The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) recently revised their “Policy for Toxicity Assessment and Control”.  The draft policy is available at: ...
Green Chemistry regulations released
 July 27, 2012

On Friday, July 27th, California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released its proposed green chemistry regulations. These regulations can be accessed HERE. At the same time that the regulations were posted on their website, ...
New draft industrial storm water permit released
 July 19, 2012

On Wednesday, July 18th, California’s State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) released a new draft of requirements for general industrial storm water permits which will affect every manufacturer in the state. The General Industrial Permit ...
Brown calls for revised flammability standards
 June 22, 2012

Earlier this week, Governor Jerry Brown charged the Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation with the task of revising existing state flammability standards for manufactured upholstered furniture.  ...
Green chem fee railroaded through budget committees
 June 1, 2012

On Monday, May 21, Assembly Member Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles) notified members of the Green Chemistry Alliance, of which CMTA was a founding member, that he and Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) would be asking their respective house budget ...
Save the date: Environmental conference
 May 25, 2012

The date has been set for our annual statewide environment conference, October 23-24 at Paradise Point Resort in San Diego.  In addition to the California Manufacturers & Technology Association, the event is again being hosted by the ...
Property ownership
 May 11, 2012

This year, Assemblymember Ben Hueso (D-Chula Vista) introduced AB 2226, “Agency Proceedings: Evidence: Presumption”, which clarifies that the holder of a property title is the owner and assures that that well-established concept for ...
Another cost of doing business in California?
 May 4, 2012

Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) is the author of SB 1339, “Commute Benefit Policies”, which would authorize the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to jointly adopt a "commute ...
Water board bills move forward
 April 27, 2012

This week a number of bills having to do with the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) passed policy committees with bi-partisan support.  Amendments to the bills are still not out in writing. SB 965 by Senator Rod Wright (D-Inglewood), ...
Water board ex parte communications
 April 20, 2012

Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) is the author of AB 2063, Ex Parte Communications.  This bill would provide that the ex parte communications provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act do not apply to state or regional board ...
Bill would conform storm water regs with federal law
 April 13, 2012

Fresh back from Afghanistan, Navy Reserve Lt. Commander and Assemblymember Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) has taken over AB 2117 previously being carried by Assemblymember Katcho Achadjian (R-San Luis Obispo).  AB 2117 would prohibit implementation ...
Chromium 6 bill gutted
 April 6, 2012

AB 2051 (Nora Campos, D-San Jose) has been stripped of its existing language regarding hexavalent chromium and amended to deal with an unrelated subject. The measure, opposed by CMTA, previously specified an intention to impose a new statutory ...
CalRecycle workshop - May 14
 April 6, 2012

CalRecycle will hold its first workshop on May 14 in Sacramento concerning the development of a report to the Legislature required by AB 341 (Wes Chesbro, D-Eureka), signed into law last year. The report is to "provide strategies to achieve the ...
Alexeeff named as Director of OEHHA
 March 30, 2012

On March 21, Governor Jerry Brown appointed George Alexeeff, 57, of Walnut Creek, director of the Office of Environmental Health and Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) at the California Environmental Protection Agency.  OEHHA is manned by over 80 ...
Protecting business from predatory fines
 March 16, 2012

For years, most county environmental offices as well as state agencies have been willing to issue a “fix-it ticket” for first-time violations if they were simply clerical errors or did not have a substantive negative impact on the ...
Food ingredient precautions questioned
 March 2, 2012

While some environmentalists are seeking to qualify a voter initiative for California’s November ballot that would require special labels on genetically engineered food, industry groups are appealing a ruling over inclusion under Proposition ...
New commercial recycling regs take effect July 1
 Feb. 10, 2012

Starting July 1, businesses and public entities that generate four cubic yards or more of waste per week and multifamily dwelling of five units or more will be required to recycle. The requirement was contained in legislation signed into law last ...
LEED certification being given a monopoly
 Feb. 3, 2012

Senate President Pro Tempore, Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) has introduced SB 52, Environmental Quality: Jobs and Economic Improvement, as clean up legislation to his SB 900 passed last year.  SB 900 provided a method for fast tracking ...
OEHHA Hazard Trait Regulation approved despite serious criticism
 Jan. 27, 2012

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment’s (OEHHA) Hazard Trait Regulation, which CMTA and other industry representatives critically examined on numerous occasions and found to be seriously defective, has been approved for adoption ...
Green Chemistry coalition warns of key changes needed
 Jan. 27, 2012

The Green Chemistry Alliance (GCA), of which CMTA is a leading member, made a formal media statement this week after the Alliance filed comments with the Department of Toxics and Substance Control (DTSC) on their draft regulations. “Unless key ...
CalRecycle programs move forward
 Jan. 20, 2012

On Tuesday, January 17th, Caroll Montgomery, Director of the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery's (CalRecycle) Administration, conditionally approved both paint and carpet “Extended Producer Responsibility” ...
Rigid plastic packaging regs on verge of approval
 Jan. 13, 2012

CalRecycle’s (http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/) January 17 meeting agenda includes the approval of the Rigid Plastic Packaging Container (RPPC) regulatory package. The law regulates companies who produce or generate products that are held in ...
Last falls stormwater hearing results in legislation
 Jan. 13, 2012

Early in 2011 the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) issued a draft proposal for stormwater runoff permit that would force  businesses and public agencies to comply with several new requirements that are over and above what the U.S. ...
Govs environmental appointments
 Jan. 6, 2012

Governor Jerry Brown made a number of appointments in the final weeks of 2011.  Specifically to the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal-EPA), he appointed attorney Gordon Burns of Davis to the post of undersecretary.  Prior to ...
Chromium VI update
 Dec. 16, 2011

Public Health Goals (PHG) are not only important to those manufacturers who are cleaning up contaminated sites, but also to those who use water in their process.  PHG’s, set by Cal-EPA’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard ...
Cal/OSHA reviews permissible exposure limit process
 Dec. 9, 2011

On Thursday, December 8th, Health Experts Advisory Committee (HEAC), under the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, better known as Cal/OSHA, met in Oakland.  Cal/OSHA deals strictly with workplace safety and hazards. In public ...
Another CMTA company receives environmental award
 Dec. 9, 2011

CMTA board member company, General Dynamics NASSCO, was recently honored by the Air Pollution Control District for its proactive efforts in protecting and preserving air quality. During the 2011 Statewide Environmental Summit, the San Diego Air ...
Newest Green Chemistry proposal to be aired at Dec 5 workshop
 Dec. 2, 2011

On October 31st, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released its latest draft (an informal version of new regulations) for a Green Chemistry program dubbed “Safer Consumer Products.”  It was released with ...
Green chemistry headlines at CMTA environmental summit
 Dec. 2, 2011

Together with the Industrial Environmental Association, and the Chemical Industry Council of California, CMTA hosted its annual Statewide Environmental Summit in San Diego earlier this month.  Some of the presentations made during the day-long ...
Environmental excellence recognized at recent conference
 Nov. 18, 2011

CMTA-member companies were honored with environmental excellence awards at the annual Statewide Environmental Summit, November 9 & 10, in San Diego, hosted by CMTA, the Industrial Environmental Association, the Chemical Industry Council of ...
CMTA Environmental Summit
 Oct. 28, 2011

November 9-10, 2011, Paradise Point Resort, San Diego Registration and Program: www.cmta.net/conference.php
CalRecycle director appointed
 Oct. 28, 2011

On Friday, October 21, Governor Brown announced the appointment of Caroll Mortensen to serve as the new Director of the State’s Department of Resource Recovery and Recycling (CalRecycle).  CalRecycle is the state agency responsible for ...
Commercial recycling update
 Oct. 14, 2011

Under AB 32 (the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006), the California Air Resources Board (CARB) was tasked with mandating commercial recycling. A bill recently signed by the Governor, AB 341 (Wesley Chesbro, D-Eureka), now gives ...
CMTA Annual Statewide Environmental Summit
 Oct. 7, 2011

November 9-10, 2011, Paradise Point Resort, San Diego Registration and Program: http://www.cmta.net/conference.php?event_id=685
Lawsuit questions bag fee under Prop 26
 Oct. 7, 2011

A precedent setting lawsuit has been filed against Los Angeles (LA) County claiming fundamental provisions of Proposition 26 were violated when the County passed an ordinance banning the use of plastic bags and levying a 10-cent surcharge for paper ...
Senate stormwater hearing next week
 Sept. 30, 2011

Senator Rod Wright (D-Los Angeles) will chair a meeting of the Senate’s Select Committee on Job Creation and Retention on Thursday, October 6th, at 10:00 a.m. in Room 112 of the State Capitol.  The focus of the meeting will be the pending ...
Hexavalent chromium considered for prop 65 listing
 Sept. 23, 2011

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) posted a notice of proposed rulemaking on September 16, 2011, to amend the regulations implementing Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (see: ...
Skyrocketing storm water fees
 Sept. 23, 2011

On September 19, 2011, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) adopted emergency regulations revising the core regulatory fee schedules for all storm water Industrial, Construction & Municipal Permits. The State Board approved the ...
Revised industrial draft stormwater permit delayed
 Sept. 2, 2011

The State Water Resources Control Board has announced that their revised draft "Industrial Stormwater Permit" that was due out before September 1 has been slightly delayed. CMTA still expects to see it before mid-September. The Board also ...
New green chemistry bill pending
 Aug. 26, 2011

Last week, industry representatives were notified that Assemblymember Mike Feuer (D–Los Angeles) intended to gut and amend his AB 913 into a Green Chemistry clean-up bill. While he was initially going to add five provisions including language ...
Sacred sites bill to stall until January
 Aug. 26, 2011

This week, California legislators considered last-minute legislation that could give an influential Native American tribe the power to block a Southern California quarry project it opposes. AB 742 (Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach) would require ...
Mandatory commercial recycling regulations underway
 Aug. 19, 2011

Although most people would associate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions with vehicles and manufacturing, CalRecycle, in collaboration with California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) who is charged with implementing AB 32 and the associated GHG ...
Applications for environmental awards due Aug. 31
 Aug. 12, 2011

Environmental Excellence Award Applications are now being accepted for the 2011 Statewide Environmental Summit which CMTA co-sponsors. Applications are due August 31st. The summit will be held November 9 and 10 at Paradise Point in San Diego. The ...
OEHHA announces comment period on 39 chemicals
 Aug. 5, 2011

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has announced the beginning of a 60-day public comment period on 39 chemicals that will be discussed at the October 12th – 13th meeting of the Proposition 65 Carcinogen ...
OEHHA doesn't wait for new study, sets California-only Chrome 6 public health goal
 July 29, 2011

The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) issued a final "Chrome 6" (hexavalent chromium) Public Health Goal (PHG) this week. The regulation is a first-of-its-kind in the nation. and it sets a miniscule .02 ...
Two regulatory reform bills die for this year
 July 21, 2011

During the last week before summer recess, the Senate Environmental Quality Committee put two assembly regulatory reform bills on hold. AB 1095 (Bill Berryhill, R-Stockton) sponsored by the Council for Environmental and Economic Balance would have ...
Court upholds plastic bag ban
 July 21, 2011

Last week, the California Supreme Court unanimously ruled that cities have the right to ban the use of single-use plastic bags without conducting an environmental impact report (EIR) first. A lawsuit was filed that asserted that the city of ...
Governor appoints new CalEPA Secretary
 July 15, 2011

This week, Governor Jerry Brown appointed Matthew Rodriguez as the new Secretary for the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA).  CalEPA includes the California Air Resources Board, the State Water Resources Control Board, the ...
Green chemistry update from DTSC director
 July 8, 2011

On Thursday, July 7th, the Green Chemistry Alliance, of which CMTA was a founding association, met with Debbie Rafael, the new director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC).  Ms. Rafael previously served with the City of Santa ...
Climate adaptation bill appears to have stalled
 July 1, 2011

This year Assemblymember Julia Brownley (D-Santa Monica) introduced AB 752 – "Tidelands and Submerged Lands: Sea Level Action Plan” It would require local trustees of public lands exceeding $250,000 in gross trust revenues to ...
Storm water industrial permit update
 June 24, 2011

The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) has proposed a revised industrial storm water permit that would force  businesses and public agencies to comply with several new requirements that are over and above what the U.S. Environmental ...
The next EPR bill?
 June 17, 2011

Although SB 589 (Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach), related to household hazardous waste, passed out of the Senate with no ‘no’ votes, its future in the Assembly may not be so positive.  According to a recent newsletter by the ...
EQ bills fall by the wayside
 June 10, 2011

Ten bills from CMTA’s Environmental Quality Committee’s Top 25 (27 this year) did not make it through their house of origin. Two of those, however, were support bills.  AB 128 (Dan Logue, R-Chico), which would have provided ...
Fee increase to backfill plunder of spill prevention funding
 June 3, 2011

Assemblymember Jared Huffman (D – San Rafael) has authored AB 1112, “Oil Prevention & Administration Fee”. It proposes a 60 percent increase in the assessment that supports the Office of Spill Prevention and Response ...
Titanium Dioxide to be listed via Prop 65 labor code
 June 3, 2011

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has noticed their intent to list Titanium Di-Oxide (TiO2) per the Proposition 65 Labor Code listing mechanism.  OEHHA will be doing so with a qualified listing that focuses on ...
Long Beach city council passes bag ban
 May 20, 2011

In a 5-0 vote, the Long Beach City Council passed a city ordinance this week banning single-use plastic bags from retailers such as supermarkets, pharmacies and convenience stores.  The ordinance will also place a 10 cent per bag fee on ...
Save-the-date and call for speaker proposals
 May 20, 2011

The annual statewide environment summit, November 9-10 at Paradise Point in San Diego, is sponsored this year by the California Manufacturers & Technology Association, the Industrial Environmental Association, the California Chemical Industry ...
CalRecycle releases pharmaceutical disposal report
 May 13, 2011

A bill passed in 2007, SB 966 (Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto), required CalRecycle to work with other state agencies and stakeholders to develop voluntary model guidelines for disposal of pharmaceutical items and report to the Legislature their ...
New DTSC Director
 May 13, 2011

Last week, Governor Jerry Brown announced Debbie Raphael as his choice for Director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC).  Leonard Robinson has been filling in as Acting Director since Maziar Movassaghi resigned in early ...
Benefits for commuters?
 May 6, 2011

Senator Bill Emmerson (R-Riverside) has introduced SB 582: Commute Benefits Policies, sponsored by the Bay Area Air Management District.  This bill would authorize, effective January 1, 2013, a metropolitan planning organization jointly with ...
Polystyrene ban
 April 29, 2011

Senator Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) is the author of SB 568 which would prohibit a food vendor from dispensing prepared food to a customer in a polystyrene foam food container as of January 1, 2014. This proposal does not take into account the ...
Extended producer responsibility for batteries
 April 15, 2011

Senator Ellen Corbett (D-San Leandro) has once again introduced legislation to mandate recycling of batteries. SB 515 would require a battery manufacturer to submit a product stewardship plan to CalRecycle by September 30, 2012.  The plan must ...
Stakeholders sound-off at stormwater hearing
 April 1, 2011

On Tuesday, March 29th, at the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) hearing, CMTA joined others in the regulated community to make a very strong case against moving forward with new costly stormwater industrial permit requirements. In ...
Bill banning BPA re-introduced
 March 25, 2011

In 2008, the legislature admitted that they knew very little about the science and safety of chemicals by passing two Green Chemistry laws giving responsibility for making those decisions to the scientists within the California Environmental ...
Another business-stifling bill
 March 18, 2011

Assemblymember Bill Monning (D-Santa Cruz) has introduced AB 553, which would, in effect, replace the current approach taken by California’s Occupational Safety and Health Act’s (Cal-OSHA) Standards Board and the Division of Occupational ...
CMTA environmental conference
 March 11, 2011

Save the dates – November 9-10, 2011 CMTA, in conjunction with the Industrial Environmental Association Senator Dutton at 2010 Environmental Conference ...
CARB one-stop trucking events on diesel regulations
 March 3, 2011

The California Air Resources Board will hold a series of free daylong One-Stop Trucking Events around the state to help truck owners meet new rules for diesel trucks and learn about available government grants and funding.  Participants at the ...
CalRecycle begins plastic packaging rulemaking
 Feb. 25, 2011

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) is beginning the formal process for Rigid Plastic Packaging Container Regulations Rulemaking. Current regulations require that a manufacturer use 25 percent recycled material in their ...
Costly Storm Water Regulations Proposed
 Feb. 18, 2011

Two weeks ago the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) unveiled draft regulations for Industrial Storm Water Permits.  Although this draft regulation is termed “not in its complete form,” the SWRCB has begun formal ...
South coast wants to share in intellectual property
 Feb. 11, 2011

SB 170 (Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills), “South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD): intellectual property”, was introduced this week.  It authorizes SCAQMD to sponsor, coordinate, and promote projects that lead to the ...
SWRCB releases draft storm water industrial general permit
 Feb. 4, 2011

The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) released its draft Storm Water Industrial General Permit on Friday, January 25.  The draft Industrial General Permit and the existing General Permit is available to view or download on the storm ...
Product Stewardship
 Jan. 28, 2011

In spite of the down economy and, in some cases, because of it, local governments are increasingly looking at pushing the cost of disposing of products back to the manufacturers.  While local governments are feeling the pinch of budget cuts and ...
Green chemistry regulations on hold
 Jan. 21, 2011

Last December 2nd, a European Union (EU) Commission commented on California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control’s (DTSC) draft of “Safer Consumer Product Alternative Regulations” (green chemistry). In a letter to DTSC ...
Common beverage & food element, 4-MEI, now on Prop 65 list
 Jan. 14, 2011

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), within the California Environmental Protection Agency, added 4-methylimidazole (commonly known as 4-MEI) to the list of chemicals “known to the state to cause cancer for purposes of ...
OEHHA tightens chromium drinking water goal
 Jan. 7, 2011

On December 31st, the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) released a revised draft Public Health Goal (PHG) that represents a stricter limit than what was previously proposed ...
Brown names Laird as Resources Agency Chief
 Jan. 7, 2011

John Laird, a democrat, has been appointed Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency.  As one of Gov. Jerry Brown’s cabinet members, Laird, a longtime environmentalist, will coordinate more than two dozen state agencies and ...
Green chemistry regulations still need work
 Dec. 10, 2010

On November 18th, California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released its last draft for public review of regulations for green chemistry. The Green Chemistry Alliance, of which CMTA was a founding member, has called on DTSC to ...
Prop. 26 - significant impact likely
 Dec. 3, 2010

When Proposition 26 (2/3 vote to pass new taxes and fees) passed in November by a 5 point margin, it was lost in the midst of propositions that garnered a great deal more publicity: Prop 25 (simple majority budget approval), Prop 23 (AB 32 ...
Final Green Chemistry regs released
 Nov. 18, 2010

On Tuesday, November 16th, California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) announced the beginning of a 15-day public notice and comment period for their proposed Green Chemistry regulations and the availability of documents added ...
CalRecycle plans for reorganization
 Nov. 18, 2010

In 2009, SB 63 (Tony Strickland, R-Thousand Oaks) was passed to combine the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Integrated Waste Management Board with  the California Natural Resource Agency’s Department of Conservation ...
Refrigerant rule begins Jan. 1, 2011
 Nov. 10, 2010

A California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) regulation aimed at stopping refrigerant leaks and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions goes into effect January 1, 2011. Owners and operators of non-residential refrigeration systems that use more ...
Biomonitoring program reduced in scope
 Nov. 5, 2010

On Tuesday, November 2nd the Biomonitoring Scientific Guidance Panel met at Cal/EPA in Sacramento to take public comment on a draft “Public Involvement Plan” (http://oehha.ca.gov/multimedia/biomon/pdf/DraftPlan092910.pdf). The ...
CMTA member companies receive environmental excellence awards
 Oct. 29, 2010

Vulcan Materials, Searles Valley Minerals, and at&t each received the Corporate Sustainability Award from the Industrial Environmental Association (IEA), CMTA and the Chemical Industry Council of California (CICC) last week at the annual ...
Environmental Policy Council to review green chem regulations
 Oct. 15, 2010

As required by statute, the California Environmental Policy Council (CEPC) – made up of the major heads of all of CalEPA boards, departments and offices – will convene for a public hearing on October 27th at 2 p.m. in Sacramento to ...
Green chemistry regulations released
 Oct. 8, 2010

On September 14th, the California Environmental Protection Agency’s (Cal EPA’s) Department of Toxic Substances Control’s (DTSC) released their 92-page “Regulations for Safer Consumer Products for Implementation of the Green ...
Environmental bills vetoed as unnecessary and duplicative
 Oct. 1, 2010

CMTA’s Environmental Quality Committee had a very good year on the legislative front.  Of the 34 bills that we opposed, all were either amended into something we could accept, killed in the legislature or vetoed. Two bills passed the ...
Gov. says CEQA bills are garbage
 Oct. 1, 2010

On Wednesday, Governor Schwarzenegger signed two CEQA bills, AB 231 (Alyson Huber, D-Lodi) and SB 1456 (Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, but called them 99% garbage and derided the Legislature for not sending him something of substance to address the ...
Addressing cumulative impacts
 Sept. 24, 2010

On August 19th, California’s Environmental Protection Agency (Cal-EPA)and their Office of Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) released their report on "Cumulative Impacts: Building a Scientific Foundation." Cal-EPA is seeking to address ...
Green building bill awaits Governor
 Sept. 10, 2010

CMTA is asking Governor Schwarzenegger to veto AB 2670 (Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles). It establishes a State Capitol Sustainability Task Force and mandates the state to use the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) ...
Bisphenol A ban close to passing
 Aug. 27, 2010

CMTA, and many others, oppose SB 797 (Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills) to ban the use of Bisphenol-A (BPA)-containing products like bottles, cups or canned foods. The scientific community and regulatory agencies from around the world, however, have ...
Annual Environmental Excellence Awards
 Aug. 20, 2010

Environmental Excellence Awards Applications are now being accepted in conjunction with the California Manufacturers & Technology Association, Industrial Environmental Association, and Chemical Industry Council of California conference scheduled ...
Toxic inventory clearinghouse document released
 Aug. 13, 2010

Cal EPA’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has released its pre-regulatory draft regulations for implementation of SB 509 (Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto), the Toxic Clearinghouse portion of the Green Chemistry law signed in ...
Diesel truck regs delayed
 Aug. 6, 2010

To address stakeholder requests, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is postponing consideration of regulatory amendments for truck and bus, off-road, tractor-trailer GHG, and drayage trucks until November. They will schedule workshops in ...
Water conservation
 July 30, 2010

In November 2009, Governor Schwarzenegger signed SBx7 7 (Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento), which mandated the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to adopt regulations for water use conservation. The manufacturing industry’s use of process ...
CMTA and broad green chemistry alliance submit final comments on regulations
 July 23, 2010

The Green Chemistry Draft Regulation for Safer Consumer Products was released by California’s Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) on June 23rd for review and comment. CMTA and the "Green Chemistry Alliance" submitted its ...
Naturally occurring asbestos
 July 16, 2010

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently solicited bids from contractors to analyze bulk samples using CARB’s proposed methodology for measuring naturally occurring asbestos (NOA). The proposed methodology is called “Test ...
Green chemistry draft proposal out for comment
 July 9, 2010

The Green Chemistry Draft Regulation for Safer Consumer Products was released by California’s Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) on June 23rd for review and comment. It is available at:  ...
Can regulation drive innovation?
 July 2, 2010

Last year, Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) introduced SB 346 to restrict the use of copper, cadmium, chromium, mercury and lead in vehicle brake pads.  Local governments maintain that it is impossible for them to meet stormwater pollution ...
Cumulative impact and the precautionary principle
 June 18, 2010

At a June 3rd meeting of a California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal EPA) working group, Cal EPA’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) previewed a proposed screening methodology for evaluating cumulative impacts and ...
Fire retardant bill dies on the Senate floor
 June 11, 2010

Every year, Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) introduces a bill to ban flame retardants and every year the bill dies.  Last year it was SB 772 on juvenile products. This year it was SB 1291. SB 1291 would have required the Department of Toxic ...
Product stewardship bill goes down to defeat
 June 4, 2010

AB 2139 (Wesley Chesbro, D-Eureka) was denied passage on the Assembly floor on Thursday, June 3.  It would have taken the state’s integrated waste management system and curbside recycling and turned it on its head. It placed all ...
GOP holds majority on state lands commission
 May 14, 2010

Senator Abel Maldonado’s (R-Santa Maria) appointment to Lieutenant Governor means that he will serve on the State Lands Commission. Charged with the task of overseeing the State’s waterways and offshore oil drilling projects, the ...
Product stewardship bills still alive
 April 30, 2010

All four of the product stewardship bills have moved through their same-house policy committees on party lines: AB 2139 (Wesley Chesbro D-Eureka) Sharps, Household Pesticides and Small Propane Tanks, AB 2176 (Robert Blumenfield, D-Van Nuys) ...
Progress on environmental bills
 April 23, 2010

Two bills that were initially opposed by CMTA’s Environmental Quality Committee have now been dropped by the legislators carrying them.  AB 2607 (Kevin DeLeon, D- Los Angeles) required the State Department of Food and Agriculture, in ...
Positive CEQA decision for developers
 April 16, 2010

On April 1st, the California State Supreme Court sided with California Building Industry Association attorneys establishing that opponents of development projects must adhere to time limits for filing lawsuits under the California Environmental ...
Carryout packaging bills
 April 9, 2010

Two carryout packaging bills have been introduced this year to change the manner in which products are carried away from retail establishments. Assemblymember Julia Brownley (D-Santa Monica) is the author of AB 1998 to repeal the requirement for ...
Water Board Budget Debate
 April 2, 2010

The State Water Resources Control Board (WRCB) is proposing a budget that would back them out of reliance on the State’s General Fund.  A coalition of water agencies and agricultural and industry groups have taken issue with that approach ...
Expedited GHG project legislation
 March 26, 2010

Assemblymember V. Manual Perez (D-Cathedral Hill) has introduced AB 1846, Expedited Environmental Review: Climate Change Regulations.  This bill would authorize the use of a focused environmental impact report (EIR) to satisfy requirements ...
Increase in solid waste diversion proposed
 March 5, 2010

According to Assemblymember Wes Chesbro (D-Arcata) AB 479, Solid Waste Diversion, will move out of the Senate Appropriations Committee in June where it has been held since last year. AB 479 requires the Integrated Waste Management Board (now the ...
Carpet EPR bill
 Feb. 26, 2010

Assembly Majority Leader-elect John A. Perez (D-Los Angeles) has introduced AB 2398, a Product Stewardship bill for Carpet. It is one of many extended producer responsibility (EPR) bills in the California legislature this year.  EPR is the ...
Positive CEQA bills
 Feb. 19, 2010

Four California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) reform bills have been introduced this year with bi-partisan authorship.  Two are Extraordinary Session (fiscal emergency) bills which are not expected to pass during the special session; ...
Product stewardship bill is back
 Feb. 12, 2010

Assemblymember Wes Chesbro (D-Arcata) has submitted a bill to the Legislative Counsel which will again attempt to give the Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery (DRR&R) (previously the Integrated Waste Management Board, now minus the ...
DTSC laws effective Jan. 1 2010
 Jan. 8, 2010

Following are laws that went into effect on January 1 that the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) will implement: •    Ensuring that plumbing material that carry cooking and drinking water are lead ...
Environmental fund raided
 Nov. 20, 2009

California’s largest single recycling services provider, Tomra Pacific, Inc., filed suit on November 9th against the State of California, claiming $416 million in loans made to the cash-starved general fund from the Beverage Container ...
Environmental workshops announced
 Nov. 13, 2009

The State Water Resources Control Board will hold a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Fee Workshop on December 8 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Cal EPA building, Sacramento, in Conference Room 350.  The workshop will ...
New DTSC program to watch
 Nov. 6, 2009

Gale Filter, Program Director for Cal EPA’s Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) Enforcement and Emergency Response Program, has recently proposed a fundamental change in environmental enforcement.  The proposal calls for the ...
Nanotechnology symposium
 Oct. 30, 2009

The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and the California Nano Industry Network (formed by CMTA) will host the fifth Nanotechnology Symposium on November 16th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Sacramento. The morning session will focus on ...
Straw proposal on green chemistry released
 Oct. 23, 2009

On October 1, the California Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) released their second "Straw Proposal for Safer Alternative Regulations" as a starting point for Green Chemistry implementation.  They were careful to note that ...
Green chemistry straw proposal released
 Oct. 2, 2009

On October 1st, the Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) released their draft straw proposal for green chemistry regulations entitled "Safer Alternative Regulations."  According to the Acting Director, Maziar Movassaghi, the proposal is ...
Parking cash-out
 Sept. 10, 2009

SB 728(Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach) authorizes local entities to enforce the provisions of the parking cash-out program (PCOP).  It gives the Air Resources Board the power to impose a $500 civil penalty for a violation of PCOP and also ...
Bad environmental bills still alive
 Sept. 4, 2009

As we approach the final week of the current session of the legislature, there are a number of environmental bills opposed by CMTA.Two Senate bills still being considered: SB 728 (Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach) and SB 797 (Fran Pavley, D-Santa ...
South coast air permits bills pass key hurdle
 Aug. 28, 2009

Yesterday, August 26, two bills that would provide relief for projects held up by the litigation in the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) passed out of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee. This is good news for ...
San Jose may ban plastic bags
 Aug. 28, 2009

The San Jose Community and Economic Development Committee approved a proposal this week to ban the use of plastic bags and paper bags with less than 50 percent recycled content in retail establishments. Those paper bags with 50 percent or more ...
Chemical bills update
 Aug. 21, 2009

SB 772, juvenile product fire retardant ban, authored by Senator Mark Leno (D–San Francisco) failed passage on Monday in Assembly Appropriations.  The bill was recently amended in the Assembly Business & Professions Committee from a ...
Register now
 Aug. 14, 2009

Environmental Summit, Oct. 7-9CMTA’s environmental summit, "Balancing Environmental Needs and Economic Realities," will be held October 7-9 in San Diego at the beautiful Catamaran Resort Hotel on Mission Bay.  The conference is hosted ...
Do you use hydrochloric acid?
 Aug. 6, 2009

California’s Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) has taken the position with a manufacturer, Accu Chem Conversion, Inc., that aqueous hydrochloric acid (HCl) falls under their California Accidental Release Prevention (Cal-ARP) ...
ARB Consumer Products Workshop
 July 24, 2009

California’s Air Resources Board (ARB) will consider adopting Consumer Products Regulation Amendments at its September 24 – 25th Board Meeting.  Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) limits have been proposed for categories including ...
CMTA Environmental Conference: Save-the-Date Oct. 8 & 9
 July 17, 2009

CMTA, the Industrial Environmental Association and the California Chemical Industry Council is again holding an environmental summit this fall.  The event is planned for October 8th and 9th at the Catamaran Hotel on beautiful Mission Bay in San ...
Industrial recycling bill
 July 10, 2009

A solid waste diversion bill, AB 479 (Wesley Chesbro, D-Eureka), has been opposed by CMTA for two reasons: The bill increased the State’s waste diversion goals from 50 to 60 percent by 2015 and to 75 percent by 2020 and it gave the Integrated ...
Some packaging bills bite the dust
 June 5, 2009

Last week, a number of bills which could seriously restrict options for product packaging were eliminated as a threat for this year.  AB 283 (Wes Chesbro, D-Eureka), Product Stewardship, failed to get off the Assembly Appropriations Suspense ...
South coast air permit moratorium
 May 29, 2009

In January, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) notified thousands of facilities of a moratorium on certain air permits.  Many facilities can no longer claim exemptions from emission offset requirements.  As a result, ...
Chemical-related proposals before the legislature
 May 21, 2009

Last year the Governor passed the "Green Chemistry Initiative" (GCI) contained in SB 509 (Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, Chapter 560) and AB 1879 (Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles, Chapter 559). The intent of CalEPA’s Department of Toxic ...
PVC packaging ban
 May 15, 2009

This year, Assemblymember Julia Brownley (D-Santa Monica) introduced AB 1329 which would prohibit a retail establishment from selling, importing or distributing a rigid or flexible polyvinyl chloride (PVC) packaging container on or after January 1, ...
AB 479 Solid waste diversion
 May 8, 2009

Another bill to increase solid waste diversion requirements, AB 479 (Wesley Chesbro, D-Eureka), was passed out of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee and was heard in Appropriations where it now sits on the Suspense File.The bill would increase ...
Bisphenol A debate moves to Senate floor
 May 1, 2009

SB 797 (Fran Pavley, D-Santa Monica), deemed the Toxin-Free Toddlers and Babies Act, would prohibit the manufacture, sale, or distribution in commerce of any bottle, cup, or liquid, food, or beverage in a can or jar that contains Bisphenol A (BPA) ...
SB 413 (NPDES and WDR permit fees) singles out California businesses
 April 24, 2009

In February, Senator Denise Moreno Ducheny (D-San Diego) introduced SB 413 which was concerned with California Regional Water Quality Control Board membership.  Earlier this week SB 413 was significantly amended and now deals specifically with ...
Gov's environmental leadership award applications available
 April 9, 2009

Applications are now being accepted for the 2009 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards (GEELA).  The GEELA program was established in 1993 and is administered by the California Environmental Protection Agency and the ...
California beverage container stakeholder workshop
 April 3, 2009

An "End of Life Management" Stakeholder Workshop for beverage containers has been announced by the R3 Consulting Group, Inc.  It is scheduled for Friday, April 24, 2009 at the EDD Auditorium located at 722 Capitol Mall in Sacramento ...
AB 1358 aims to ban polystyrene food containers
 March 13, 2009

Of the 2,657 bills introduced through February 27, one, AB 1358 (Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo), would ban polystyrene food containers. It prohibits a food vendor or restaurant from dispensing prepared food to a customer in a disposable expanded ...
UST cleanup fund shortfall
 March 6, 2009

Just last year Senator Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) carried SB 1161 to extend the sunset clause for funding cleanup of petroleum underground storage tanks (UST) from January 1, 2011 to January 1, 2016.  It was passed by the Legislature and ...
Nanotechnology being studied for potential regulation
 Feb. 27, 2009

Nanotechnology is generally viewed as the control of matter on an atomic and molecular scale, dealing with structures of 100 nanometers or smaller in size, and involves developing materials or devices within that size.  There has been much ...
Extended producer responsibility
 Feb. 13, 2009

On December 11, 2008, the California Air Resources Board approved the AB 32 Scoping Plan which identifies dozens of the key strategies to be used by various state regulatory agencies in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  One ...
Moratorium on south coast air permits
 Jan. 30, 2009

Last week, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) sent thousands of notices to permit holders and applicants regarding a moratorium on certain permits.  By court order, "Permits to Construct" issued since September 8, ...
CEQA exemptions proposed
 Jan. 23, 2009

In order to jump start construction on several state highway projects, Governor Schwarzenegger wants to suspend provisions outlined in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).  Signed in 1970, CEQA requires a study regarding the ...
Chromium 6 Public Health Goal
 Jan. 16, 2009

CalEPA's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has been evaluating a Public Health Goal (PHG) for hexavalent chromium. The draft is expected to be released later this month and we are told that it will be very low, around 60 parts ...
Waste Boards Future Questioned
 Jan. 9, 2009

With the State in the midst of a deep fiscal crisis (now estimated to top $40 billion by the end of next year), the Governor and at least one legislator are questioning whether or not the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) is ...
Final Green Chemistry Recommendations
 Dec. 23, 2008

On Tuesday, December 16th, Cal EPA released its final policy recommendations for implementation of their Green Chemistry Initiative.   The GCI proposals will accelerate California’s move toward a clean, green, sustainable economy ...
Wetlands policy clarified
 Dec. 5, 2008

At a time when the State Water Resources Control Board is contemplating changes to its wetlands regulations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US-EPA) and the Department of the Army announced on Wednesday that they are issuing revised ...
New waste board member appointed
 Nov. 21, 2008

Termed-out Senate President Pro Tempore Don Perata (D-Oakland) has named outgoing Senator Carole Migden (D- San Francisco) to a four-year term on the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB).  Migden was unseated in a very ...
Del Monte, Frito-Lay and Searles Valley Minerals awarded for environmental excellence
 Nov. 14, 2008

At the CMTA/Industrial Environmental Association/Chemical Industry Coalition of California’s Annual Environmental Summit, "Navigating in an Ever-Greening World", in San Diego on October 21, three CMTA members (Del Monte Foods, ...
Water degradation policy workshop
 Nov. 7, 2008

The State Water Board announced that it will hold a workshop on November 17th to take public comments on proposed revisions to the state’s "Anti-Degradation Policy" that governs permits issued by all Regional Boards to industries and ...
Ban suggested for plastic grocery bags and polystyrene food service packaging
 Oct. 16, 2008

A recent Ocean Protection Council (OPC) staff report, "Draft Implementation Strategy for the California Ocean Protection Council Resolution to Reduce and Prevent Ocean Litter," contains several policy recommendations that aim to reduce ...
Endangered species activity
 Oct. 10, 2008

The Third District Court of Appeal recently upheld the decision of a lower court finding that the California Fish and Game Commission erred in not accepting a petition to list the California tiger salamander under the California Endangered Species ...
CMTA/IEA/CICC EQ Conf.: Oct. 21-22, 2008, Catamaran Hotel, Mission Bay
 Oct. 3, 2008

CMTA is holding its annual environmental summit in San Diego this year in conjunction with the Industrial Environmental Association (IEA) and the Chemical Industry Coalition of California (CICC).  It will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, ...
Prop 65 Expansion
 Sept. 17, 2008

In recent years, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has been inappropriately using the Labor Code mechanism as an on-going listing process in spite of the fact that it was intended only to be used to help establish the ...
Bill to ban chemicals goes to Governor
 Sept. 12, 2008

Of all the bills to ban or restrict chemicals introduced this year, SB 1313 (Ellen Corbett, D-Fremont), appeared to be the least likely to make it to the Governor’s desk.  The bill prohibits the manufacturing, sale or distribution of any ...
End-of-session environmental bills
 Sept. 4, 2008

The final weeks of the 2007-08 legislative session saw more than the normal amount of bill amendments, reconsiderations, rule suspensions, and "gut-and-amends" (where bills are totally stripped of contents and replaced with new ...
Environmental responsibility award applications wanted
 Aug. 27, 2008

CMTA and the Industrial Environmental Association (IEA) invite companies that have displayed environmental excellence in their operations to apply for the prestigious "Environmental and Sustainability Awards". Application deadline is Friday, ...
Port funds could be diverted
 Aug. 22, 2008

Money collected in Los Angeles County to clean up its polluted ports would be shared with the Central Valley under a proposal by the Schwarzenegger Administration that is drawing opposition from Southern California leaders.  SB 974 (Alan ...
Plastics under seige
 Aug. 1, 2008

Currently, plastic grocery bags and other film-type plastics are being recycled in increasing numbers and there are plastic recycling laws.   In 2006, there was a 24% nationwide increase in the number of pounds recovered over 2005.  ...
Pesticide regulations
 July 11, 2008

While regulation of pesticides has long been primarily the jurisdiction of the Cal EPA’s Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), AB 977(Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco) would give local jurisdiction authority to regulate these substances.  ...
Science trumped
 June 26, 2008

California legislators, most without a scientific background, have skeptically accepted the testimony of environmental activist groups and allowed four bills that ban or restrict the use of chemicals (or the products of chemicals) to pass their last ...
Government program expansion proposed
 June 13, 2008

Senator Ellen Corbett (D-San Leandro) has introduced SB 1625, Recycling: Cash Redemption Value Containers, which would expand the current "bottle bill" to include products in plastic containers such as shampoo, household cleaners, vitamin ...
Green Chemistry Initiative
 June 6, 2008

The Green Chemistry Initiative Science Advisory Panel has completed its report on advancing green chemistry in California to the Department of Toxic Substance Control Director Maureen Gorsen. The report describes the work of the Panel, especially ...
CMTA calls for environmental presentations
 May 23, 2008

CMTA, along with the Industrial Environmental Association and the Chemical Industry Council of California, are hosting an Environmental Summit, "Navigating in an Ever-Greening World", October 21 and 22, 2008 at the Catamaran Hotel & Resort in ...
Regional water boards
 May 15, 2008

Over the last few years interest in restructuring the regional water quality control boards has increased.  There has been a proliferation of problems associated with these boards.  One of the problems, according to the Governor’s ...
All is not gloomy on the environmental front
 May 2, 2008

A number of environmental bills that had made the CMTA Environmental Committee’s "Top 25" in priority have been amended to bills less of a problem for manufacturers.  Assemblymember Mark DeSaulnier’s (D-Martinez) AB 2655, ...
Chemicals of concern in consumer products
 April 25, 2008

Initially AB 1879 (Mike Feuer, D-Los Angles) was introduced with not much substance, stating legislative intent to regulate chemicals known to be hazardous to the health of California citizens and the environment.  The author has recently ...
Alarming green chemistry questions
 April 18, 2008

On April 9th the California Environmental Protection Agency’s (Cal EPA’s) Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) asked Mike Rogge, CMTA’s Director of Environmental Quality, and others to answer seven provocative questions to ...
Chemical phase-out moved-up?
 April 4, 2008

A bill introduced by Senator Ellen Corbett (D-San Leandro), SB 1313, prohibits the manufacture, sale or distribution of any food contact substance that contains perfluorinated compounds in a concentration exceeding 10 parts per billion as of January ...
Phthalates expansion/bisphenol-A ban
 March 28, 2008

Senator Carole Migden (D-San Francisco) has introduced SB 1713 which would prohibit numerous toys and childcare articles that contain detectable levels of bisphenol-A.  This expands the current prohibition on the use of phthalates to include an ...
CARB Truck replacement rule
 March 28, 2008

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is proposing a truck replacement rule.  Under the new rule, any heavy-duty vehicle with a pre-1998 engine will need to be replaced or retrofitted with yet-to-be developed technologies by December 31, ...
Ban on polyvinyl chloride packaging
 March 21, 2008

Assemblymember Julia Brownley (D-Santa Monica) has re-introduced her 2007 bill (AB 954) which failed to get out of its first policy committee.  The new bill, AB 2505, would also ban polyvinyl chloride (PVC) packaging beginning January 1, 2010. ...
Biomonitoring implementation update
 March 14, 2008

A California biomonitoring program was established in 2006 per Senate President pro Tempore Don Perata’s (D-Oakland) SB 1379.  Biomonitoring is the measurement of chemicals (or their metabolites) in a person’s body fluids or ...
Governor's environmental & economic leadership awards application now available
 March 14, 2008

The California Environmental Protection Agency has begun accepting applications for California's most prestigious environmental honor – the 2008 Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award.  The award program recognizes ...
Roadblock to development
 Feb. 29, 2008

Senator Sheila Kuehl (D-Santa Monica) has authored SB 1165 - Environmental Impact Report (EIR).  It would change the way that California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements are satisfied.  This bill requires that all ...
Responsibility shift for aboveground tanks
 Feb. 15, 2008

Last year, Assemblymember John Laird (D-Santa Cruz) authored AB 1130 which shifted responsibility for aboveground storage tank (AST) regulation from the State Water Resources Control Board to the Certified Unified Program Agencies (CUPAs).  ...
Bay area AQMD proposes global warming fee on businesses
 Feb. 15, 2008

Bay Area air pollution regulators are proposing to charge an annual fee to thousands of businesses based on the amount of greenhouse gases they emit – a policy that would set a new precedent in the United States for businesses that contribute ...
Sediment standards for water quality
 Feb. 1, 2008

The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) will hear comments on February 5th on its draft "Proposed Water Quality Control Plan for Enclosed Bays and Estuaries."  The draft sets sediment quality objective standards (SQOs).As ...
Green chemistry follow-up report unveiled
 Jan. 24, 2008

Last Thursday, January 17th, Michael Wilson (the UC–Berkeley professor who authored the initial 2006 green chemistry report to the legislature) disclosed an updated report commissioned by Cal/EPA’s Department of Toxic Substance Control ...
Cal/EPA budget still strong
 Jan. 18, 2008

On January 10th the Governor released his budget for 2008 calling for an across-the-board 10% reduction.  The following day the "green" agencies made a presentation on the effects on their budgets.The bottom line is significant cuts are planned ...
Advance disposal fee surfaces
 Jan. 11, 2008

AB 1535 (Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael) has been amended.  The earlier version put a $6 recycling fee on personal computers at the point of sale, to be collected by the retailer, The amended bill now places the fee on the manufacturers of ...
OEHHA proposes tighter exposure limits
 Dec. 14, 2007

In early November, California’s Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) issued a draft document which sets the stage for dramatic regulatory changes at facilities subject to local ...
Public Workshops on GHG Scoping Plan
 Nov. 30, 2007

AB 32 (The Global Warming Solutions Act, Chapter 488, Statutes of 2006, Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles) requires the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.The "Scoping plan", ...
Green chemistry initiative
 Nov. 16, 2007

On May 1 of this year Cal/EPA announced the development of a "Green Chemistry Initiative" (GCI) to create a cradle-to-cradle approach to chemical regulation.  They acknowledge that product-by-product, chemical-by-chemical and ...
South coast ports crack down on polluters
 Nov. 8, 2007

In an effort to improve air quality in the vicinity of the port, the Los Angeles Harbor Commission on November 1st passed an amendment to their tariff implementing a rolling ban on older, "dirtier" trucks.  The Long Beach Commission ...
ARB approves additional early actions
 Nov. 2, 2007

On October 25, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) approved six new early action measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, bringing to nine the number of discrete early actions measures that will take effect a year ahead of the 2011-12 ...
Extended producers responsibility workshop
 Nov. 2, 2007

The California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) will hold a stakeholder’s workshop on Extended Producer’s Responsibility (EPR).  It is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Byron Sher ...
Governor takes action on environmental bills
 Oct. 19, 2007

With a signing deadline of October 14 hanging over his head, the Governor still had 7 bills opposed by CMTA’s Environmental Quality Committee on his desk on Friday morning, October 12th, along with over 500 other bills passed by the ...
Governor signs landmark agreement to set up transfer of property for open space
 Oct. 12, 2007

Governor Schwarzenegger announced that he intends to sign a bill, SB 990 by Senator Sheila Kuehl (D-Santa Monica), specifying the basis of clean-up standards to be used at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory site, a former rocket engine test and ...
Prop 65 workshop at Cal/EPA
 Oct. 12, 2007

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has scheduled a Proposition 65 workshop for Friday, November 2 from 10 a.m. to Noon at the California Environmental Protections Agency’s (Cal/EPA’s) headquarters in Sacramento. ...
The Greening of California Businesses
 Oct. 4, 2007

CMTA and IEA (the Industrial Environmental Association) are holding their Sixth Annual Environmental and Regulatory Conference and Exhibition at the San Diego Mission Valley Marriott Hotel on November 7-9, 2007. The State of California is out front ...
Water board considers litter and marine debris
 Sept. 28, 2007

On Monday, September 24th, the State Water Resources Control Board listed an agenda item for their October 2nd meeting in Los Angeles to endorse a litter and marine debris resolution that looks similar to one hastily adopted, without discussion, by ...
OEHHA looks at expanding Prop 65 list
 Sept. 21, 2007

The California Environmental Protection Agency’s (Cal/EPA) Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has submitted 11 chemicals to its two science advisory panels asking their advice on whether they should be classified as ...
EQ bills on the Governor's desk
 Sept. 14, 2007

While we had a highly successful year defeating premature, unscientific and misguided environmental legislation, nine bills opposed by CMTA made it through the California Legislature and now sit on the Governor's desk.  We will be asking for ...
Update on environmental bills as we near end of session
 Sept. 7, 2007

Today, September 7th is the last day for the floor of either chamber to entertain amendments to bills. The last day of session is officially next Friday, September 14th although Senate President pro Tempore Don Perata (D-Oakland) has indicated that ...
Environmental Bills Move in the Assembly
 Aug. 31, 2007

On Thursday, August 30th, with a party line vote (termed a "B" roll call), the Assembly Appropriations committee passed to the Assembly floor 134 of the 189 bills they had placed on Suspense (bills with an economic impact on the State ...
CMTA weighs in on federal ozone standards
 Aug. 31, 2007

CMTA President Jack Stewart testified this week in Los Angeles before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to oppose the recent proposal to change National Ozone Standards.  Stewart testified that no change in the standard is necessary ...
Clean air surcharge on vehicle license fees in the valley
 Aug. 17, 2007

Senator Dean Florez (D-Bakersfield) has been carrying a bill, SB 240, to require the San Joaquin Air Pollution Control district to impose a clean air surcharge of $300 annually per source on all stationary, indirect and area-wide sources and ...
CMTA/IEA EQ CONF.
 Aug. 10, 2007

November 7-9, 2007Mission Valley Marriott CMTA and the Industrial Environmental Association (IEA) will host their joint environmental conference, "The Greening of California Business," for November 7 through 9, 2007 at the San Diego ...
San Francisco Bay PCB TMDL proposed
 Aug. 3, 2007

The San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board is pursuing the adoption of a TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Loading) for PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls).  PCBs have been banned since the 1970s, but residual levels exist in the environment, ...
Changes to regional water boards proposed
 July 20, 2007

Senator Don Perata (D-Oakland), President Pro Tempore of the California State Senate, authored a bill, SB 1001, which would significantly alter the make-up of the Regional Water Quality Control Boards (RWQCBs).  This bill would reduce and ...
Update on environmental bills
 July 6, 2007

Only a handful of bills considered "significantly bad" by CMTA's Environmental Quality Committee remain alive in the legislature.  The latest bill to "bite the dust" was SB 899 (Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto) regarding toxic packaging ...
Likely methanol addition to Prop 65 list
 June 29, 2007

On June 22nd, the California Environmental Protection Agency's (Cal/EPA's) Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) published an announcement in the California Regulatory Notice Register requesting relevant information concerning ...
Changes at Cal/EPA
 June 29, 2007

Two key decision-making positions are open within California's Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA).Dan Skopec, Cal/EPA Undersecretary, has resigned, leaving the agency to hang out his own shingle here in Sacramento.  The Chairman of the ...
Auto fee/rebate bill defeated
 June 15, 2007

Legislation requiring the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to create and implement a clean vehicle incentive program that provides rebates to, and requires surcharges from, purchasers of new motor vehicles based on the vehicles' greenhouse gas ...
Take-out food packaging ban
 June 8, 2007

 In March, the Ocean Protection Council (OPC) passed a ten-part resolution aimed at curbing marine debris.  Although the OPC charged the Department of Toxic Substance Control, under the California Environmental Protection Agency, with the ...
Formaldehyde ban bill dies a listing bill is born
 May 25, 2007

SB 509 (Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto), was defeated on May 14th on a 4-7-1 vote in the Senate Appropriations Committee.  It targeted products of the composite wood industry and required formaldehyde limits that were so unusually strict that the ...
Revamping CUPA program
 May 18, 2007

On May 11th, The Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) and the Certified Unified Program Agencies (CUPA) (often your local County Health or Fire Department) announced a concept to change their approach to CUPA inspection and ...
Green chemistry initiative introduced by Cal/EPA
 May 11, 2007

On May 1 the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) announced the development of a "Green Chemistry Initiative" which aims to create a cradle-to-cradle approach to chemical regulation.  In a memo discussing the ...
Recycling legislation proposed
 March 16, 2007

Members of the California Senate and Assembly want to mandate that more products be diverted away from landfills.    In AB 546, Assemblymember Julia Brownley (D-Santa Monica) proposes that CPU towers be added to the list of devices ...
Chemical bills proliferate
 March 2, 2007

A cursory review of the list of environmental bills introduced this year indicates that bills concerning chemical usage are high on the priority list of a number of legislators.  The purpose of these bills runs the gamut from additional ...
Plastics under fire
 Feb. 16, 2007

Assemblymember Paul Krekorian (D-Burbank) introduced AB 258 to eradicate plastic debris from the environment by targeting waterway and ocean contamination.  The bill requires the California Coastal Commission to convene a multi-agency task ...
ARB explores near-term options on climate change
 Feb. 8, 2007

The details of AB 32 (Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles) (Statutes of 2006, Chapter 488) implementation will be worked out in the next several years and will include a mix of near-term and long-term requirements.  The Global Warming Solution Act of ...
Cal/EPA news items
 Jan. 25, 2007

The first bit news item is an announcement from the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) that it will be combining its enforcement and emergency response functions within the Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC).  ...
New environmental bills
 Jan. 11, 2007

While there are currently very few "environmental" bills in print (and most are spot bills), the stage is already set for another very active year dealing with legislation that could significantly impact segments of industry in ...
Housing development air quality fee proposed
 Dec. 15, 2006

As part of its new draft plan to further mitigate air pollution in Southern California, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has proposed new fees on all new housing developments within the district.  The proposal ...
Rush for passage of environmental bills
 Sept. 1, 2006

Late on the Assembly floor on August 29th, SB 1205 (Martha Escutia, D-Whittier), Air Violation Penalties (CMTA’s number one environmental bill this year), failed on a 29-34 vote. Another bill relating to air quality violations, SB 109 ...
Environmental bills still active
 Aug. 25, 2006

Of the hundred or so pieces of legislation relating to environmental quality, only a few are still actively being debated at the capitol. A list follows, all of which CMTA is opposing. All of the other EQ bills CMTA lobbied are either dead or were ...
Excessive particulate matter fines
 Aug. 18, 2006

SB 1252 (Dean Florez, D-Shafter) would increase civil penalties for discharges of particulate matter (PM) that violates state or federal ambient air quality standards and codifies current regulatory definitions for fine suspended particulate matter ...
Locomotive Emissions Fee Bill
 Aug. 11, 2006

Senator Gloria Romero (D-Los Angeles) is the author of SB 459, Locomotive Air Emissions, South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD).  This bill would establish what is being called a "fee", based on locomotive emissions, on the ...
National Academy of Sciences weighs-in on biomonitoring
 Aug. 4, 2006

On July 24th, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) issued a report on biomonitoring which reemphasizes many of the same points which opponents of SB 1379 (Don Perata, D-Oakland) have been making all year.  A biomonitoring program needs to be ...
CARB toughens rules
 Aug. 4, 2006

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has scrapped a proposed rule to reduce the use of perchloroethylene by dry cleaners and is instead pursuing a total ban on the potentially cancer-causing chemical.  This move came following testimony by ...
Cal EPA Indoor Air Pollution Seminar
 July 28, 2006

The Chairman of the California Air Resources Board (ARB), Bob Sawyer has announced the first in a series of webcast air pollution seminars.  The topic of the first seminar is titled: Indoor Residential Chemical Emissions as Risk Factors for ...
Prop. 65 listing procedure in question
 July 21, 2006

It has come to our attention that California Environmental Protection Agency's (Cal-EPA's) Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) changed the method mid-2004 for expanding the carcinogen list of Proposition 65 chemicals.  For ...
Numeric limits for stormwater in the news
 July 14, 2006

The State Water Resources Control Board's (SWRCB) "Blue Ribbon Panel" has reported its findings concerning the feasibility of adopting numeric standards for stormwater. It was expected to be finalized by the end of 2005.  The report basically ...
Utility environmental performance standard bill making gains
 July 8, 2006

SB 1368 (Don Perata, D-Oakland), which prevents utilities from entering into long term contracts for out-of-state coal plants, recently passed two Assembly policy committees and awaits a hearing in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. The bill ...
Global warming bill passes key hurdle
 June 30, 2006

The long-awaited hearing on AB 32 (Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles) in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee took place on June 26, and as expected, the bill passed out on a party-line vote, with Republicans casting the only two "no" votes.AB 32, ...
Sacred sites bills
 June 16, 2006

This session two bills would protect Native American archeological sites: SB 1395 (Denise Moreno Ducheny, D-San Diego) and AB 2641 (Joe Coto, D-San Jose). CMTA’s main concern with SB 1395 is the potential to be drawn back into the California ...
Troubling environmental bills continue to move
 June 9, 2006

This years bills had to pass their house of origin by last Friday, June 2nd. Unfortunately, six of CMTAs top ten worst environmental bills are still alive: SB 1205 (Martha Escutia, D-Los Angeles) would increase air penalty violations ...
Climate change bills move along
 June 9, 2006

The Legislature continues its headlong march toward enacting major legislation this session on climate change, come what may. This year, a number of measures have been introduced dealing with global warming and greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction. Most ...
Cell phone e-waste campaign: Opportunity for CMTA members
 June 2, 2006

Proper disposal of electronic waste ("e-waste") is a growing issue for businesses in California. A recent expiration on February 8 of an exemption to the California Universal Waste Rule makes it unlawful for Californians to throw cell phones and ...
San Francisco plans to ban plastic toys
 June 2, 2006

If you own or operate a business that sells or uses plastic toys, drinking cups, dolls, baby bottles, pacifiers, safety gear such as bike helmets and knee pads, children’s flotation devices, plastic bath toys and books, crib products, ...
Migden's air toxics bill amended
 May 26, 2006

Senator Carole Migden (D-San Francisco) recently amended her bill, SB 1826, to pertain solely to air toxics that are bioaccumulative.  As amended, it would require the State Air Resources Board (rather than the Office of Health Hazard ...
Governor announces key environmental appointments
 May 26, 2006

On May 19, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Linda Adams as Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA).  Adams replaces former CalEPA Secretary Alan Lloyd who stepped down on February 28, 2006.   Since ...
Green Chemistry Forum Report
 May 19, 2006

On May 10, the Chemical Industry Council (CIC) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC) sponsored a Green Chemistry Forum in Los Angeles which CMTA co-sponsored.  The primary topic was a recently released report commissioned two years ago by ...
Will EQ bills on suspense survive?
 May 11, 2006

Every bill with a fiscal impact must go through the Appropriations Committee in each house.  If the bill is deemed to have an impact in excess of $150,000, it goes on "Suspense" where it is reviewed in depth.  Many bills die on ...
CMTA environmental fix-it-ticket bill passes first hurdle
 April 28, 2006

Assemblymember Greg Aghazarian (R-Stockton) introduced AB 2394, Minor Violations: Air Pollution, a bill co-sponsored by CMTA and the Industrial Environmental Association.   AB 2394 reinstates a practice of the State Air Resources Board ...
Emissions reduction plan for goods movement
 April 21, 2006

This week CMTA testified at the California Air Resources Board (CARB) regarding a proposed "Emission Reduction Plan for Ports and Goods Movement" in California. The plan would create a new set of air quality regulations that will impact trucks, ...
Greenhouse gas bills that would help businesses
 April 21, 2006

It is possible that Gov. Schwarzenegger will sign legislation this year on climate change and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. He might sign AB 32 Fabian Nunez (D – Los Angeles), which codifies the GHG reduction targets from last year's ...
Governor sends mixed signals on greenhouse gas emissions caps
 April 14, 2006

At the Climate Action Summit on Tuesday, April 11, in San Francisco, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger called for a gradual approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, saying a firm cap on emissions could hurt the economy, cost jobs and drive ...
Tighter indoor air quality standards?
 April 14, 2006

Assemblymember Sally Lieber (D-Mountain View) has introduced AB 3018, regarding Indoor Air Pollution.  This bill would require the California Air Resources Board (ARB), in consultation with the State Department of Health Services and any other ...
Carbon capture, storage and recycle bill clears first hurdle
 April 7, 2006

Last year, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued an executive order that establishes greenhouse gas reduction targets for the state:  Reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 2000 levels by 2010; 1990 levels by 2020; and 80 percent below 1990 levels ...
Air quality penalty bill moves out of committee
 April 7, 2006

Senator Martha Escutia (D-Los Angeles) has introduced SB 1205, the Children’s Breathing Rights Act, which significantly raises the penalties for specified air violations (potentially including misdemeanors) from non-vehicular sources from a ...
Should the European Union define CA law?
 March 31, 2006

Assemblymember Lori Saldana (D-San Diego) has introduced AB 2202, Hazardous Waste - Electronic Devices, which would ban all electronic devices that are banned in the European Union (EU) for heavy metals. The bill amends the definition of ...
Greenhouse gas bill to be heard
 March 31, 2006

CMTA is a member of a broad coalition engaged in responding to legislation affecting greenhouse gas emissions in California. The "Sustainable Environment and Economy for California Coalition (SEE California)" is opposed to SB 1368 (Don Perata, ...
Key environment and energy appointments
 March 31, 2006

Governor Schwarzenegger has picked Dan Skopec to be undersecretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency. The appointment was announced on March 30th. It is a key post - Skopec now becomes the point person for the Administration on ...
New Recycling and Product Ban Bills
 March 23, 2006

AB 1866 (Karnette, D-Long Beach) would ban the foam type of polystyrene food containers from state facilities after January 1, 2008.  Alternatives would cost more and wouldn’t have the heat or cold retention properties of polystyrene, ...
Ten CMTA member companies receive ENERGY STAR award
 March 23, 2006

On March 21, CMTA member companies 3M, California Portland Cement Company, Ford Motor Company, Frito-Lay, Merck & Co, Inc, Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas Company, San Diego Gas & Electric ...
Troubling environmental bills
 March 17, 2006

Air Violation Penalties Two bills imposing very significant air pollution penalties were introduced this year in the Senate: SB 1205 (Martha Escutia, D-Los Angeles) and SB 1252 (Dean Florez, D-Bakersfield). SB 1205, dubbed the Children's ...
Positive trend in new environmental bills
 March 10, 2006

This year a surprisingly large number of reasonably positive bills have been introduced.  RecyclingAB 2127 (George Plescia, R-San Diego) requires a report from the Integrated Waste Management Board on the impact of alkaline battery disposal ...
California Toxic Release Inventory program proposed
 Feb. 24, 2006

Assembly Member Ira Ruskin (D-Redwood City) has introduced a bill, AB 2490, that would establish a Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) program within California that would mirror and potentially add on to the current United States Environmental Protection ...
Universal wastes banned from landfills
 Feb. 17, 2006

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has decided not to grant an extension for small hazardous waste generators and households to comply with proper disposal of "universal wastes" in landfills. Some of these ...
Childrens Breathing Rights Act
 Feb. 10, 2006

Senator Martha Escutia (D–Los Angeles) has introduced SB 1205 – The Children’s Breathing Rights Act.  This bill would raise the fines for specified air pollution violations (potentially including misdemeanors) from ...
CARB declares secondhand smoke a pollutant
 Feb. 3, 2006

On January 26th California’s Air Resources Board (CARB), in a unanimous decision, became the first state to make secondhand smoke a toxic air pollutant, putting it in the same category as diesel, arsenic and benzene.  CARB relied on a ...
2006 California Climate Action Registry Conference
 Feb. 3, 2006

CMTA is co-sponsoring the California Climate Action Registry annual conference on April 20-21.  The conference will bring together leaders on climate change to examine developing climate policies, standards and trends.  Participants will ...
Bill resurrected from the dead
 Jan. 27, 2006

AB 289 (Wilma Chan, D-Oakland), Chemical Testing Methods, failed to garner enough support for passage on the Assembly floor last year and was subsequently made into a two year bill.  The original bill required manufacturers and importers of ...
California EPA Secretary Alan Lloyd to step down effective February 28
 Jan. 20, 2006

In a press release distributed on January 18, Alan Lloyd, Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), announced that he will retire effective February 28, 2006 due to personal reasons.  The announcement comes a little ...
Chemical ban bill call to action
 Jan. 13, 2006

On Tuesday, January 10, a joint informational hearing was held of the Assembly Health and the Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials committees to discuss the need for legislation to ban the use of certain Phthalates and Bisphenol-A (BPA) in ...
Governor makes environmental appointments
 Jan. 6, 2006

On December 23, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced appointments to three key posts within California’s Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA): Dr. Robert Sawyer was appointed chairman of the State’s Air Resources Board ...
Four CMTA members receive environmental award
 Jan. 6, 2006

On December 13, 2005, during the CMTA/IEA Environmental Conference in San Diego, CMTA member companies Pfizer, Anheuser-Busch, Bayer, and Air Products and Chemicals were recognized for their commitment in exceeding environmental regulatory ...
CalEPA on global warming
 Dec. 8, 2005

The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) today, December 8, issued a 130-page draft report on global climate change for public review.  Their suggestions for regulatory changes include: Mandatory Climate Change Emissions ...
Coalition to support South Delta Water Project
 Dec. 8, 2005

California needs a safe, reliable and high quality water supply to keep up with a rising population and growing economy. Two-thirds of California receives its water from the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.   The South Delta ...
J & J recipient of top environmental award
 Dec. 2, 2005

On November 22, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger honored a number of individual, organizations and businesses for exhibiting extraordinary leadership by voluntarily working to conserve California’s precious natural resources or improve the ...
Green chemicals
 Nov. 18, 2005

In late 2003, the California Assembly Speaker and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate commissioned Dr. Michael Wilson and The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of California, Berkeley to produce a report ...
New regs proposed for ocean discharges
 Nov. 4, 2005

The State Water Board is currently working on regulations to protect some ocean areas.  These 34 Areas of Special Biological Significance (ASBS) make up almost a third of the state's coastline and could result in higher discharge compliance ...
Cap & Trade for Greenhouse Gases on the Horizon?
 Oct. 27, 2005

On October 24, the Governor’s Climate Action Team, chaired by Dr. Alan Lloyd, held a public meeting at the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) concerning "Cap and Trade", a proposed strategy for the reduction of ...
Cal/OSHA stakeholder workshop to review exposure limits
 Oct. 21, 2005

At the October 20 California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Administration (Cal/OSHA) Board meeting, Steve Smith of the Division of Safety and Health (DOSH) reported that DOSH would be convening a stakeholder workshop in December.  ...
Potential rule changes for hazardous waste facilities
 Oct. 21, 2005

Companies with permits to operate a hazardous waste storage or disposal facility in California, should be following the current series of workshops being held by the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Department of Toxic Substance ...
2005 CMTA/IEA Environmental Conference
 Oct. 14, 2005

CMTA and the Industrial Environmental Association (IEA) will hold their fourth annual joint statewide Environmental Conference on Tuesday, December 13, and Wednesday, December 14, at the Mission Valley Marriott Hotel in San Diego.   The ...
Governor makes environmental appointments
 Oct. 7, 2005

After the State Senate turned down Cindy Tuck's appointment as chair of the State Air Resources Board (ARB), Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger last week appointed her as assistant secretary for policy at the Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA). ...
Bad environmental bills on governor's desk
 Sept. 23, 2005

Of the 46 environmental bills which CMTA took a position on this year, only five "oppose" bills made it to the Governor's desk.   SB 484 (Carole Migden, D-San Francisco) would require cosmetic manufacturers to submit an unnecessary, costly ...
Climate action team meets
 Sept. 16, 2005

On Tuesday, September 13, the Governor’s Climate Action Team (CAT) held a public workshop under Alan Lloyd’s chairmanship.  (Dr. Lloyd is Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency.)  The workshop consisted ...
State water board remands bay mercury plan
 Sept. 9, 2005

The State Water Resources Board (SWRB) on Wednesday, September 7, rejected the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board's (SFBRWQCB) proposed Total Mass Daily Load (TMDL) plan for reducing mercury levels in San Francisco Bay.  The ...
Senate rejects confirmation of Cindy Tuck to ARB
 Sept. 2, 2005

On Thursday, September 1, the Senate turned down the confirmation of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s appointee, Cindy Tuck, as chair of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), 24-14 along party lines.  Only Denise Ducheny, (D-San ...
Acrylamide in the newsagain
 Aug. 26, 2005

CMTA has heard that California Attorney General Bill Lockyer and the Environmental Law Foundation will file suit this week, under Proposition 65, alleging failure to warn of exposure to acrylamide.  This filing ignores views to the contrary by ...
Greenhouse gas bill introduced
 Aug. 19, 2005

On August 15, Assemblymember Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) amended her Global Climate Change Registry bill, AB 32, to institute a cap on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the electrical power, industrial and commercial sectors of the California ...
Cindy Tuck confirmation scheduled
 Aug. 19, 2005

Senate President pro-tempore Don Perata (D-Oakland) has announced that Cindy Tuck’s Senate Rules Committee hearing concerning confirmation as Chairman of Cal/EPA’s Air Resources Board is now scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on August 31 in Room ...
State water board begins effort to adopt new stormwater requirements
 Aug. 12, 2005

Following an "invitation only" meeting of select individuals and State Water Board officials in April, the State Board has convened an "advisory panel" of eight individuals to address three questions – the outcome of which may have dramatic ...
Residential Green Building Guidelines
 Aug. 5, 2005

On July 21, the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) held a workshop to present a draft of their residential green building guidelines.  Virtually no industry representatives were aware that this program was about to be ...
Greenhouse Gas Briefing
 July 29, 2005

On Thursday July 28th, the California Climate Action Team held a briefing at Cal/EPA Headquarters to discuss implementation of Governor Schwarzenegger's greenhouse gas (GHG) initiative.  The Governor's executive order established the following ...
EPA Rejects Oxygenate Waiver
 July 22, 2005

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the second time rejected California’s request for a waiver from the Clean Air Act (CAA) requiring the addition of oxygenates to its gasoline in nonattainment areas of the state.  Section ...
Biogenetic Battle Brewing
 July 15, 2005

A national backlash triggered by bans on genetically engineered crops and animals in three California counties have now "come full circle." Since late last year, 14 states have passed bills that bar towns, cities and counties from ...
Cindy Tuck Appointed CARB Chair
 July 8, 2005

On June 29th, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Cindy Tuck chairman of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), a position vacant since January. Senate confirmation is required. In his announcement Governor Schwarzenegger said, "Cindy has ...
Homeland Security Bill Transforms to New #
 July 1, 2005

AB 1775 (Joe Canciamilla, D-Pittsburg) became a two-year bill when it didn’t get out of its policy committee earlier in the year.  It has now been amended into AB 1495 (also previously a Canciamilla bill) to expedite its movement through ...
Disclosure of Chemicals in Cosmetics
 June 22, 2005

Senator Carole Migden (D-San Francisco) is carrying SB 484 relating to "cosmetics and chronic health effects."  Scheduled to be heard in the Assembly Health Committee on June 28th, the bill is co-sponsored by Support Breast Cancer ...
New positions on environmental legislation
 June 17, 2005

CMTA's Environmental Quality Committee's "Top 25" bills shrunk to 10 during the first five months of this session.  Six bills were made into two-year bills, six were satisfactorily amended and three were re-assigned to other CMTA ...
Environmental bills pared down
 June 9, 2005

This year a record number of environmental bills were authored and a majority were viewed as harmful by the business community.   June 3rd was the last day for bills to pass out of their house of origin.  During the final two weeks, ...
Governor Announces Greenhouse Gas Goals
 June 3, 2005

At the United Nations World Environment Day ceremonies in San Francisco on Wednesday, June 1st, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets for California.  The Governor called for a reduction of GHG ...
Cal/EPA Boxes Remain Intact, for Now
 May 27, 2005

Per the California Environmental Insider (May 16, 2005), "the decision to abandon any further effort this year to change Cal/EPA was communicated by Cal/EPA Secretary Allan Lloyd in an internal e-mail to other administration members.  ...
Indoor air quality
 May 20, 2005

On March 17th, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) approved an indoor air quality report that will be sent to the legislature.  This report was developed in response to AB 1173 (Keeley, 2002).  It details health risks, sources, ...
Railroading of a locomotive mitigation tax
 May 13, 2005

AB 459 (Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles) would authorize the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) to adopt an air emissions mitigation fee on specified railroads that operate within certain Southern California counties.  The fee ...
State of the Air: State of the Scare
 May 6, 2005

Joel Schwartz, a visiting Fellow with the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), has just published his annual assessment of the "State of the Air", the latest report by the American Lung Association (ALA).  Prior to AEI, Schwartz worked with the ...
Bills are Moving on the Environmental Front
 April 29, 2005

A busy few weeks saw many bad environmental bills pass through legislative policy committees.  May 6th is the last day for non-fiscal bills to be heard and moved to the floor of their house of origin. In spite of excellent credentialed ...
Cal/EPA Environmental Enforcement Assessment
 April 22, 2005

On April 14th, Maureen Gorsen, California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) Deputy Secretary for Law Enforcement and Counsel, conducted a briefing on the results of their Environmental Enforcement Assessment.  The effort is being driven ...
Goods movement update
 April 15, 2005

Traffic congestion and air quality concerns at and near the California ports in Los Angeles/ Long Beach have energized legislators and the administration to focus on solutions to the complicated problems surrounding goods movement in the state. The ...
Expansion of Securities Litigation Proposed Again
 April 8, 2005

AB 310 (Tom Umberg, D-Santa Ana) would expand liability for securities fraud by overturning two state court decisions that limit claims to individuals who are market participants and who knowingly and intentionally make false statements. The ...
Whats Next in Mandated Recycling
 April 1, 2005

Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) has introduced SB 423, Electronic Waste Recycling.  Although it is touted as strictly a clean-up bill for the initial electronic recycling bill, SB20, and last year's clean-up bill, SB 50 (both authored by ...
Public Health and the Environment
 March 25, 2005

Many environmental bills introduced this year presume that the public health is at serious risk and that California is not doing enough to protect its citizens from public health hazards.  CMTA believes that the bills are based on fears that ...
Several CMTA Members Receive US EPA Awards Honoring Businesses Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
 March 25, 2005

On March 15th, several CMTA members were recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for their contribution in reducing greenhouse gas emissions through leadership in energy management. ...
Toxics Bills Proliferate
 March 18, 2005

This year legislators have inundated us with more environmental bills than ever before and, unfortunately, there is something for everyone. In order to provide more fuel for legislative fire in future years, Senator Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) ...
Potential No Growth Bills Introduced
 March 11, 2005

There were a number of bills introduced this year that could be interpreted as endorsing "no growth." SB 44 Kehoe (D-Los Angeles) – General Plans: Requires local governments (cities and counties) to include an air component in their ...
Old Friends Are Back: Biomonitoring, Chemical Testing & Cosmetics
 Feb. 25, 2005

Senator Deborah Ortiz (D-Sacramento) and Senate President Pro Tempore Don Perata (D-Oakland) have introduced SB 600 establishing the Healthy Californians Biomonitoring Program under the auspices of the Department of Health Services. Recognizing ...
Environmental Justice at the Forefront
 Feb. 18, 2005

Cal/EPA has been undertaking an effort to integrate "environmental justice" (EJ) into their policies and regulations. This effort stems from a series of ten bills which began with the chaptering of SB 115 authored by Senate Member Hilda Solis (D-El ...
Rogge to Co-Chair CUPA/Industry Roundtable
 Feb. 11, 2005

At the Cal-CUPA Forum conference in Universal City on February 7th, Mike Rogge, CMTA's Environmental Policy Director, was named co-chairman of the Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) and Industry Roundtable. The purpose of the roundtable is to ...
Environmental Bills Introduced
 Jan. 28, 2005

Over 2,000 proposed bills were submitted to the Legislative Counsel prior to the January 20th deadline for this year 's session. While we are awaiting the onslaught of these introductions, the following three environmental bills have come across the ...
Public Hearings on Draft Storm Water Changes
 Jan. 14, 2005

The State Water Resources Control Board (SWCRB) has announced two hearings to take public comment on their recently released draft regarding the reissuance of their Industrial Storm Water General Permit. The hearings will be held January 31st in ...
Environmental Coalitions Proliferate
 Jan. 9, 2005

Although the legislature has been relatively inactive in recent months, a number of industry coalitions continue to meet on environmental issues to define their positions, plan strategy and discuss with legislators and agency personnel the ...
Gov. Appoints Lloyd Secretary of CalEPA
 Dec. 17, 2004

In a move cheered by environmentalists, on December 16th, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the appointment of Alan C. Lloyd (D) as secretary of the Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA). This position requires Senate confirmation and the ...
State Building Standards on Energy & Resource Consumption
 Dec. 17, 2004

On Tuesday, December 14th, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed an executive order committing the state to taking aggressive action to reduce state building electricity usage and minimize the consumption of resources by adopting, as a minimum goal, ...
Five CMTA Members Receive Environmental Awards
 Dec. 10, 2004

On December 2nd, CMTA member companies Lockheed Martin, Solar Turbines, SC Johnson, Continental Maritime (a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corp.) and US Borax were recognized for their commitment in exceeding regulatory requirements. The ...
Electronic Recycling Implementation
 Dec. 3, 2004

The California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) has posted a bulletin on their website explaining how SB 20 (Byron Sher, D-Stanford)was amended by SB 50 (Sher). SB 20, the Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003, Chapter 526, was signed by ...
"Chronic Toxicity Summary for Silica" Study Released
 Nov. 19, 2004

In April of 2003, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) released a draft document titled "Chronic Toxicity Summary for Silica (Crystalline, Respirable)" for public comment. Two public workshops have since been held and on ...
IEA/CMTA Environmental & Regulatory Issues Conf. & Expo
 Nov. 11, 2004

San Diego Mission Valley Marriott December 2 & 3, 2004 CMTA has joined again with the Industrial Environmental Association (IEA) to stage the 3rd Annual Environmental and Regulatory Issues Conference and Exposition in San Diego, December 2nd and ...
Emissions Cut by 51 Percent
 Nov. 4, 2004

Michael Leavitt, US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator announced on September 22nd that "emissions have been cut by 51 percent since the Clean Air Act was passed in 1970." Exceeding 50 percent is a major milestone in the 34-year ...
3rd Annual IEA/CMTA Environmental & Regulatory Issues Conference & Exposition
 Oct. 28, 2004

Downloads: Preliminary Agenda | Reg Form The 3rd Annual IEA/CMTA Joint Environmental and Regulatory Issues Conference and Exposition is scheduled for December 2 and 3 at the Marriott Mission Valley in San Diego. (The conference will be preceded ...
Prop 65 Methods of Detection
 Oct. 15, 2004

On June 4th, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced their intent to repeal Section 12901, which is the Prop 65 regulation for methods of detection protocols. Metalworking defendants had recently executed successful ...
Prop 65 Acrylamide Call to Action
 Oct. 15, 2004

An industry coalition representing those who produce, process, prepare, serve and sell foods consumed by virtually all Californians asked Governor Schwarzenegger in June to prevent action by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment ...
Environmental Recommendations (Volume IV, Chapter 5)
 Oct. 8, 2004

The CPR found that the current organization of Cal-EPA has four key problems: 1. Lack of accountability; 2. Environmental decisions do not reflect an integrated understanding of different types of pollution; 3. Overlap in jurisdictional ...
Governor Vetoes Two Environmental Bills
 Oct. 1, 2004

Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed two environmental bills passed by the Legislature that were on CMTA's oppose list: SB 1703 (Richard Alarcon, D-Sun Valley), the Green Business Program, and AB 2042 (Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach) Long Beach and Los ...
Land Use and Environmental Justice
 Sept. 18, 2004

The Air Resources Board (ARB) has scheduled a "study session" for Monday, October 4, 2004 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the University of Southern California. The focus will be ARB guidance to local government land use planners ...
Bag Tax Issue is Back
 Sept. 10, 2004

The City and County of San Francisco is considering levying a 25 cent tax on all paper and plastic bags on consumers as they utilize purchases from grocery stores within their jurisdiction. The tax would be kept by the retailer for up to one year ...
Gov. Urged to Veto Air Emissions Restrictions at L.A & L.B. Ports
 Sept. 3, 2004

AB 2042 (Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach) restricts air emissions at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to a 2004 baseline by 2006. This restriction imposes severe growth and operations limitations at the ports and adversely affects California's ...
Gov. Urged to Veto False Recognition of Green Business
 Sept. 3, 2004

SB 1703 (Richard Alarcon, D-Sun Valley) creates a commendable program to recognize California's green businesses; however, it excludes from eligibility "any business that manufacturers toxic or hazardous materials" regardless of full ...
Ozone Standards Hearing August 25th
 Aug. 20, 2004

About two months ago, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) released draft ozone standards. A public workshop is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Air Resources Board's Monitoring & Laboratory Division, Conference Room, 1927 13th Street, ...
Phthalate/Cosmetics Bill is Back
 Aug. 13, 2004

AB 2012 (Judy Chu, D-Monterey Park) would ban all phthalates in cosmetic and personal care products manufactured or sold in California by January 1, 2006. It is a June 24th "gut and amend" bill containing some of the same provisions as her previous ...
CPR Recommends Cal-EPA Reorganization
 Aug. 9, 2004

The California Performance Review found that the current organization of Cal-EPA has four key problems: The current framework for environmental regulation lacks accountability: Responsibility for environmental and public health protection is ...
A Restriction to Commerce AB 2042
 July 23, 2004

The goal of AB 2042 (Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach) is to ensure a zero net air pollution increase for all future growth at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. The bill allows for a voluntary Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the interested ...
Risk Level for Acrylamides
 July 16, 2004

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is planning to release guidelines for a "No Significant Risk Level" (NSRL) for acrylamide next Tuesday, July 20th to the Office of Administrative Law. Based on previous work plan drafts ...
Environmental Bits & Pieces
 July 2, 2004

An urgent piece of legislatin, AB 901 (Hannah Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara), moved through the Senate and Assembly floors on Tuesday and was signed by the Governor on July 1. This bill delays the July 1, 2004 fee implementation date mandated by ...
Biomonitoring
 June 18, 2004

SB 1168 (Deborah Ortiz, D-Sacramento), a bill proposing a statewide biomonitoring program, was amended this week to remove the provision requiring that the program be funded by the manufacturers and distributors of 57 specified chemicals. The ...
E-Waste Recycling
 June 18, 2004

Another bill that was amended significantly this week was SB 50 (Byron Sher, D-Stanford). This is cleanup to Senator Sher’s chaptered bill from last year, SB 20, which established an electronic recycling program. The initial bill created a ...
Sacred Sites Bill Amended
 June 11, 2004

Last year SB 18 (John Burton, D-San Francisco) would have allowed the Native American Heritage Commission to participate in land use permitting decisions in order to protect sites considered by California tribes to be culturally significant or ...
Environmental Justice in the News
 June 11, 2004

The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) will be holding a public workshop on its Environmental Justice (EJ) Action Plan on June 28th, from 4 to 7pm in the Coastal Hearing Room at the CalEPA Headquarters Building, located at 1001 I ...
Environmental Bill Update
 June 6, 2004

This year's bills had to make it out of their house of origin by the end of May unless they had special dispensation. The following "Oppose" bills from CMTA's Environmental Top 25 are now dead: SB 1211 (Deborah Ortiz, D-Sacramento) Would have ...
Environmentally Preferable Products
 May 28, 2004

In 2001, SB 373 (Tom Torlakson, D-Antioch) passed in the Legislature and was chaptered. It required the Division of State Architects (DSA), in consultation with the Integrated Waste Management Board, to develop and maintain on its website a list of ...
More Expensive Drinking Water on the Horizon
 May 21, 2004

In 2001, Senator Don Perata authored a bill which required California’s Environmental Protection Agency (Cal EPA) Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) to develop a public health goal (PHG) for arsenic in drinking water. ...
Pesticide Controversy is Back
 May 14, 2004

A news conference/briefing was held on May 11th by Assemblymember Judy Chu (D-Monterey Park), Environment California and the Pesticide Action Network to discuss the release of "Chemical Trespass: Pesticides in our Bodies and Corporate ...
Cosmetics Ban May Be Dead
 May 7, 2004

AB 2025 (Judy Chu, D-Monterey Park) was initially a spot bill pertaining to adulterated cosmetics. However, it was amended on April 12th to ban the manufacture, processing and/or distribution of cosmetics or personal care products that contain ...
Candy is Dandy, But.....
 April 30, 2004

In light of evidence last year that a popular Mexican candy, Chaca Chaca, imported into California showed traces of lead above FDA guidelines, Assemblymember Juan Vargas (D-San Diego) introduced AB 2297, which would expand the Childhood Lead ...
Fluorescent Lamp Recycling
 April 23, 2004

SB 1180 (Liz Figueroa, D-Sunol), the California Mercury Lamp Recycling Act of 2004, proposes an unworkable front end fee on fluorescent lamps to finance recycling of these products. It is the intention of the sponsor, Californians Against Waste, to ...
CMTA attends Environmental Education implemenation meeting
 April 19, 2004

On April 19, 2004, CMTA participated with various organizations including the California Environmental Protection Agency (CAL-EPA), the California Intergrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) in a workshop to develop education principles and ...
Heavy Metal Study Released
 April 16, 2004

The Solid Waste Association of North America's (SWANA) Applied Research Foundation has released a very comprehensive, 1-year, copyrighted study which concludes that municipal solid waste landfills (MSW) "can provide for the safe, efficient and ...
Mandatory recycling program for cellular phones
 April 8, 2004

AB 2901, authored by Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), establishes a mandatory recycling program for cellular phones. This legislation is unnecessary because the wireless industry has already voluntarily initiated a recycling program that promotes the ...
Electronic Waste Recycling
 April 2, 2004

Senator Byron Sher (D-Stanford) has sent a letter to Linda Moulton-Patterson, Chairman of the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB), informing her that he is amending his clean-up bill, SB 50, to delay the commencement date on which ...
Environmental Bills We Can Support
 March 22, 2004

Both SB 1722 (Denise Ducheny, D-San Diego) and AB 2379 (John Campbell, R-Irvine) seek to do the same thing eliminate double jeopardy lawsuits in regard to Proposition 65 violations. These bills would prohibit a suit if the defendant has previously ...
Perchlorate Update
 March 12, 2004

On March 11th, the California Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced that it had published a "Public Health Goal" (PHG) for perchlorate in drinking water. The development of the PHG was ...
Wetlands Authority
 March 5, 2004

AB 1477, introduced by Byron Sher (D-Stanford), would require a person proposing to undertake a project that creates, or threatens to create, adverse impacts to wetlands to submit a waste discharge report and it will make it a crime to fail to do ...
State Board Continues Work on TMDL Listing Policy
 Feb. 27, 2004

The State Water Resources Control Board recently concluded two days of "workshops in Sacramento and Torrance, taking public comment on its proposed TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) Listing and De-Listing Policy. With the formal close of the public ...
Universal Waste
 Feb. 27, 2004

On behalf of the Thursday Group and Cal EPA, CMTA has found an author for a bill to extend the California Integrated Waste Management Board's(CIWMB) authority over universal waste until 2008. Assemblyman Greg Aghazarian (R-Stockton) agreed to ...
Changes at the CIWMB
 Feb. 27, 2004

Board members Steve Jones and Jose Medina announced in a letter to the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) staff that they would not be reappointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The terms of both members expired on January 1, ...
Electronic Waste
 Feb. 20, 2004

Last year, the legislature passed SB 20 (Byron Sher, D-Stanford), a hazardous electronic waste bill patterned after European Union regulations. Governor Davis signed it during the waning days of his administration and it goes into effect on July 1 ...
Biomonitoring
 Feb. 13, 2004

AB 1168 (Deborah Ortiz, D-Sacramento) would provide for a phased implementation of a program to biomonitor the California populace to evaluate the effects of exposure to 146 listed toxic chemicals. The bill also authorizes the Department of Health ...
Why Are We Still Required to Burn Oxygenated Fuels?
 Feb. 6, 2004

On January 28th, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger wrote to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) to approve California's request for waiver of the Federal Minimum Oxygen Requirement in gasoline. He stated that the oxygen requirement is ...
State Water Board Appointments
 Feb. 6, 2004

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the appointment of Peter S. Silva to the State Water Resources Control Board on February 5th. Silva, 51, is a resident of San Diego. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from California ...
CEQA Bill Still Alive
 Jan. 30, 2004

AB 406 by Assemblymember Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) passed the Assembly on January 29th by an unofficial vote count of 42 to 32. This bill had already been amended on January 26, removing language which would have prohibited a project ...
Environmental Regulatory Review
 Jan. 23, 2004

Under Governor Arnold Schwarzeneggers executive order, Cal EPA agencies have begun posting to their websites lists of rules that are pending or regulations that have been adopted since January 1999 that they believe require review due to a ...
A Tax in Sheep's Clothing?
 Jan. 23, 2004

Senator Sheila Kuehl (D-Santa Monica) appears to be successfully moving SB 557 through the Senate after amending it on January 7th. SB 557 proposes placing a fee on lumber produced within the state at the point of purchase on a per board foot ...
Cal EPA's Budget
 Jan. 20, 2004

The California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal EPA) unveiled its $1 billion budget on Thursday afternoon. The budget shows a significant 38.7% decrease from the previous years budget. The bulk of the reductions are already in place, ...
Proposition 65/Acryalamide
 Dec. 19, 2003

The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has been holding public workshops this past year in search of clear guidance to facilitate Proposition 65 labeling compliance concerning acrylamide in foods. Acrylamide was ...
Chlorine Residual Limits
 Dec. 19, 2003

The State Water Resources Board is contemplating adoption of chlorine residual limits statewide for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits patterned after the very tight end of pipe limits imposed in the Bay Area. ...
What Does Suspend Mean?
 Dec. 12, 2003

On his first day in office, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger set the tone for his administration when he issued an executive order suspending all proposed state regulations for up to 180 days pending review of their effect on the State's businesses. ...
"Thursday Group" Issues Brief to go to Governor
 Nov. 21, 2003

The following letter to the Governor will accompany a 14-page document on key issues of concern to the business community with regard to environmental protection policies: Dear Governor Schwarzenegger: For the past several years, the "Thursday ...
New Environmental Lobbyist at CMTA
 Nov. 21, 2003

CMTA has appointed Mike Rogge as policy director for environmental quality issues. He will lobby legislative and regulatory matters and will join Michael Beasley of the Boeing Company, Committee Chair, in working with CMTA's Environmental Quality ...
Tamminen to Head Cal-EPA
 Nov. 14, 2003

Governor-elect Schwarzenegger announced appointments to California's Environmental Protection Agency on November 12th. Terry Tamminen, an independent, will take the lead post as secretary, James Branham as undersecretary, and Maureen Gorsen, deputy ...
IEA/CMTA Environmental Conference & Exposition
 Oct. 31, 2003

The San Diego Industrial Environmental Association and CMTA will jointly host a comprehensive environmental issues conference: "The Price of Paradise". The purpose of the conference is to engage manufacturers, government officials and other ...
California's Rush to Judgment on Perchlorate Drinking Water Standard
 Oct. 23, 2003

There appears to be a rush to judgment to adopt an extremely conservative drinking water standard for perchlorate based on highly questionable science. This action is unnecessary to protect public health and would be very costly to the California ...
CalEPA Endorses Environmental Justice Strategy
 Oct. 17, 2003

A statutory mandate to integrate environmental justice (EJ) policies into the regulatory framework for California passed a critical milestone this week. On October 14th, the heads of the CalEPA agencies endorsed EJ recommendations put forth by an ...
Environmental Agencies
 Oct. 17, 2003

Air Resources Board The Air Resources Board (Board) is a branch of the California Environmental Protection Agency. The Board oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health-based air quality standards. In ...
Schwarzenegger Proposes Environmental Initiatives
 Oct. 10, 2003

Schwarzenegger proposes a number of environmental initiatives to address California's serious environmental challenges, which have a profound impact on public health and the economy. Of interest to CMTA members, he would cut air pollution by ...
SB 288 The Price of a Political Statement
 July 18, 2003

SB 288, one of Senator Byron Shers (D-Stanford) environmental legacy bills, sits in the Assembly Appropriations cue, awaiting a late August hearing. The bill deals with an arcane air emissions reduction program known as new source review (NSR), ...
SB 18 Amendments Reignite the "Sacred Sites" Debate
 July 14, 2003

Following the Governors veto of last years controversial sacred sites measure (SB 1828 by Burton) the Resources Agency and the Governors Office of Planning and Research have been working with stakeholders on alternative approaches to deal with ...
Water Board Defends Storm Water Permit
 July 7, 2003

Under fire from the environmental community, the State Water Resources Control Board continues to defend its General Industrial Storm Water Permit (GISWP), which is currently being reviewed pursuant to state and federal water quality law. The ...
Californians for absestos litigation reform
 June 30, 2003

Following a week that saw considerable progress on S. 1125 in the Senate Judiciary Committee, we are asking all coalition members to intensify their direct contact with Senator Feinstein's California offices during the July 4th recess (June ...
Murky Drinking Water Legislation
 June 13, 2003

SB 922 (Nell Soto, D-Pomona) stems from groundwater contamination in Rialto and Colton in Eastern San Diego County where the presence of the chemical perchlorate used in rocket propulsion systems, flares, fireworks and other combustion ...
Jackson CEQA Bill Placed On Inactive File
 June 6, 2003

AB 406 by Assemblymember Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) was salvaged from two failed attempts at passage in the Assembly late Wednesday and placed on the Assembly's inactive file. Barring some creative parliamentary maneuvering, AB 406 is ...
Resources Subcommittees Dig Deeper into Manufacturers' Pockets
 May 23, 2003

With the ink still drying on the Governor's controversial "May Revise", budget subcommittees met this week to consider the implications of the Governor's proposals. Once again, the Senate and Assembly Resources Subcommittees are rubber-stamping ...
CMTA testifies on E-Waste bill
 May 12, 2003

On May 12, 2003, the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality heard SB 20 by Senator Byron Sher (D-Stanford). According to the author, SB 20 would ensure that electronic waste or E-waste is properly collected, recycled, refurbished, or disposed. ...
Another New Source Of Government Revenue at the Expense of Business
 May 9, 2003

AB 897 (Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara) greatly expands enforcement authority under the Water Code and redirects penalty revenue to a discretionary fund that may be tapped for purposes other than mitigating the detrimental effects of ...
SB 922 Would Force PRPs to Pay for Drinking Water
 April 25, 2003

A bill to be heard Monday, April 28th, in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee would force potentially responsible parties (PRPs) to provide or pay for replacement drinking water to potentially affected water suppliers as a condition of a ...
Regional Regulation of Cars and Trucks?
 April 14, 2003

AB 1063, by Assemblymember Marco Firebaugh (D-East Los Angeles), grants unprecedented authority the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) to impose retrofit controls and mitigation fees on mobile sources. As drafted, the bill would ...
Return of the Radiation Bills
 April 4, 2003

On Monday April 7, the Senate Environmental Quality Committee will hear three bills that attempt to rekindle a legislative debate that, for all intensive purposes, was resolved last year by Executive Order. SB 13 (Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles) ...
SB 532 - CEQA Litigation Magnet
 March 28, 2003

On April 7 the Senate Environmental Quality Committee will hear SB 532 (Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles), a bill to unjustifiably expand the scope of cumulative impact assessment in existing California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) law. It would ...
Expanding the Mandatory Minimum Penalty Law - AB 1541
 March 21, 2003

AB 1541 (Cindy Montanez, D-San Fernando) attempts to expand a highly controversial 1999 law that imposes mandatory minimum penalties for certain water quality violations. The bill would make a failure to submit certain types of information required ...
Hazardous Materials Enforcement Hammer
 March 14, 2003

AB 1640 by Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee Chair John Laird (D-Santa Cruz) raises an age old regulatory question: What level of enforcement authority is necessary to achieve compliance? On the surface, Assemblymember ...
Lieber Bill Proposes Criminal Penalties for Chemical Releases
 March 7, 2003

AB 623 by freshman Assemblymember Sally Lieber (D-Santa Clara) proposes criminal penalties for releases of chemicals "known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity". This author-sponsored measure transposes language from California's ...
2003 Environmental Bills
 Feb. 28, 2003

Apparently the state budget crisis has done little to temper the appetite of the legislature for new state programs. More than 1000 bills were introduced on Friday alone, including a broad range of environmental legislation. Many of these call for ...
Cal-EPA Tackles the "Precautionary Principle"
 Feb. 21, 2003

On Tuesday, February 18, Cal-EPA's Advisory Committee on Environmental Justice met in Sacramento to discuss a radical policy paradigm being promoted by the environmental community as the answer to what they view as failures in existing environmental ...
"Sinclair" Fee Bills Come Out of the Woodwork
 Feb. 12, 2003

AB 302 (Wilma Chan D-Oakland), introduced last week, would ban a class of allegedly bioaccumulative flame retardant chemicals - polybrominated biphenal ethers (PBDEs) - by January 2006. PBDEs are used in a broad range of consumer products including ...
Environmental Fee Bills on Fast Track to Governor
 Jan. 30, 2003

On Tuesday, January 28, the Assembly approved AB1X 10 (Jenny Oropeza D-Long Beach) which grants broad authority to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the State Water Resources Control Board to levy major fee increases on regulated ...
Davis Calls Special Session on Coastal Commission
 Jan. 23, 2003

Governor Gray Davis proclaimed this week a special session of the State Legislature to act on legislation that will allow the California Coastal Commission to continue to regulate development along California's 1,100 mile coastline. The Governor's ...
Budget Subcommittees Take up Governor's Proposed "Polluter Pays" Fee Increases
 Jan. 17, 2003

As expected, the Governor's January budget proposal released last Friday contains notable fee increases for state air and water quality programs. Taken together, these proposals would relieve the General Fund of about $24 million dollars worth of ...
Assembly Environmental Committee Assignments Reflect Term Limit Atmosphere
 Jan. 11, 2003

With 30 new members in the state Assembly, one would expect significant turnover on committees, and the recently released 2003 committee assignments do not disappoint in the environmental area. The Natural Resources Committee, a 12-member committee ...
Senator Soto Announces January Hearing on Groundwater Contamination
 Jan. 11, 2003

Senator Nell Soto (D-Pomona) announced this week that The California Senate Select Committee on Urban Economic Development is conducting a hearing on groundwater contamination on January 29th in Sacramento. The Select Committee is chaired by Senator ...
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