Bill would conform storm water regs with federal law

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, April 13, 2012 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

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 of any new storm water effluent standards or limitations more stringent than the provisions of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act until January 1, 2017. The bill would require California’s State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), in consultation with affected stakeholders, to prepare a comprehensive statewide storm water plan and submit it to the Legislature by January 1, 2016.  The bill would also permit SWRCB and regional board staff and members to discuss pending storm water waste discharge requirements with affected parties so long as the discussion is publicly disclosed.

CMTA believes that the proposed storm water discharge requirements currently pending before SWRCB have extremely high implementation costs for very minimal water quality improvements. The wide range of individuals and entities subject to the storm water waste discharge requirements are already suffering from the down economy.  A five year moratorium on exceeding federal standards will allow the regulated community and SWRCB an opportunity to assess current discharges and devise a holistic and long-term solution which is based on sound science.

AB 2117 is scheduled to be heard in the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee on April 24th.  CMTA is supporting this bill.

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