Gino DiCaro

Troubling environmental bills continue to move

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, June 9, 2006 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

This year’s bills had to pass their house of origin by last Friday, June 2nd. Unfortunately, six of CMTA’s top ten worst environmental bills are still alive:

SB 1205 (Martha Escutia, D-Los Angeles) would increase air penalty violations significantly from $1,000 per day per violation to as high as $100,000 per day and could also include criminal prosecution.

SB 1252 (Dean Florez, D-Bakersfield) would authorize new civil penalties up to $25,000 per violation for particulate matter discharges in excess of State or Federal Ambient Air Quality Standards. This fine would increase to $50,000 per violation in 2010.

Senator Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) and Assemblymember Ira Ruskin (D-Redwood City) both carried similar bills (SB 1478 and AB 2490) in their respective houses which would create a California Toxic Release Inventory Program. Their motivation is in anticipation that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will relax their reporting requirements.

SB 1379 (Don Perata, D-Oakland) would create a California biomonitoring program. This un-amended bill is a reintroduction of similar legislation from past years which failed passage or were vetoed.

AB 2202 (Laurie Saldana, D-San Diego) would rely upon the European Union’s Restriction on Hazardous Substances compliance standards banning, as of 2010, all electronic devices containing heavy metals.

On the bright side, bad bills that did not survive were: AB 2271 (Paul Koretz, D-W. Hollywood) and AB 3001 (Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills), instituting personal computer and alkaline battery recycling programs; AB 3018 (Sally Lieber, D-Mountain View), which would have given the California Air Resources Board the ability to regulate indoor air quality; AB 1866 (Betty Karnette, D-Long Beach), a polystyrene ban and SB 1601 (Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach), which would have required the ports to demand that tenants implement Best Available Control Technology upon signing new leases.
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