Progress on environmental bills

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, April 23, 2010 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

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 conjunction with the University of California Cooperative Extension and certain state agencies, to conduct a study of the health and safety issues of wood pallets used for shipping and the risks they may pose to the state’s food supply. The bill also required the study to evaluate sustainable and recyclable alternatives to wood pallets in California and to report to the legislature its findings and recommendations.  Promoted by recyclable plastic pallet companies, it was actively opposed by the California Forestry Association, the League of Food Processors, California Retailers Association and a host of companies in the state who rely on wood pallets.

    Another bill that never saw the light of day was Senator Christine Kehoe’s (D-San Diego) SB 1234.  It required the State Water Resources Board to adopt regulations by January 1, 2012 which would identify unreasonable uses of water during various periods of water shortage.  CMTA’s major concern was with defining “unreasonable uses”.  The bill was pulled by the author before it was heard in committee.

In addition, two bills which CMTA opposed have been amended to remove our concerns:

    AB 2379 (Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles) which would increase the amount of technical support provided by the Department of Toxic Substances Control to industry in complying with hazardous waste source reduction requirements; and

    AB 2565 (Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco) which now allows the lead agency to post CEQA documents on their website and also allows stakeholders to have hard copies sent by mail.

These are positive accomplishments for California’s manufacturers.

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