Cal/EPA Boxes Remain Intact, for Now

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, May 27, 2005 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

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.  Lloyd said that the effort was being abandoned ‘in the current year,’" leaving it open to speculation whether or not the Administration will reorganize Cal/EPA in the future."

During Governor Schwarzenegger’s election campaign, he vowed to "blow up boxes" to reform the operation of state government.  The California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) was one of the areas selected for change by his California Performance Review (CPR) team. 

The CPR proposed the abolishment of Cal/EPA’s independent boards (like the Air Resources Board and the State Water Resources Control Board) and placing their functions under a new Department of Environmental Protection whose director would report directly to the Governor.  It also contemplated consolidating similar functions currently administered by more than one Cal/EPA Agency including all contaminated property and brownfield clean-ups etc.

The proposals concerning Cal/EPA were attacked from all sides: by business groups who liked some aspects of the current setup and environmental groups who disagreed with elimination of the independent boards.  This lack of broad support apparently influenced the administration to abandon reorganization of Cal/EPA for this year.  Again, the Insider states "Former Cal/EPA Secretary Terry Tamminen, now the Governor’s cabinet secretary, subsequently told the L.A. Times that the administration still hopes to reformulate Cal/EPA at some time in the future."

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