Environmental Bills We Can Support

By Loretta Macktal, Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Government Relations

Capitol Update, March 22, 2004 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

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 entered into a settlement or has been a party to a final judgment in another suite for the same violation.

AB 2826 (Joe Canciamilla, D-Pittsburg), sponsored by the League of California Cities, would “require a state agency that proposes to prohibit a substance from being disposed of at a solid waste landfill .…. to identify the infrastructure necessary to ensure that the substance is treated in the safest manner possible.” This is a responsible bill to guide agencies to make rational decisions, and not put business "between a rock and a hard place" when a substance is banned from landfills.

The state's underground storage tank (UST) requirements, particularly those associated with vapor tightness, would be put under the spotlight by AB 2955 (Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield). This bill would require a report to the Legislature that describes federal and state requirements for UST’s and analyses of the incremental increase in environmental and public health protection provided by the vapor tight requirements. An advisory group would be appointed representing interested parties (including tank owners and operators) to assist the board in developing the report. The bill is sponsored by the California Independent Oil Marketers Association.
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