Migden's air toxics bill amended

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, 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 Assessment) to include these toxics in a list of substances suspected of persistently accumulating in the human body.  Previous enforcement requirements in the bill have been dropped.  

SB 1826 provides no scientific criteria for determining which chemicals would be subject to this reporting requirement.  It incorrectly characterizes all chemicals in the federal Center for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) National Exposure Reports, as well as other lists, as persistent, bio-accumulative toxicants (PBTs).  It considers specified criteria as a minimum for listing and it is vague in identifying the need or intended use of the information that would be collected.  Additionally, it fails to consider the wealth of public and environmental health information regarding chemicals already available to the general public and does not consider existing California and Federal reporting requirements.  

SB 1826 is currently on the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Suspense File and would next go the Senate Floor.
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