Shaina Brown

Hazardous waste facilities are focus of 2017 legislative session

By Shaina Brown

Capitol Update, Feb. 17, 2017 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The last day for bills to be introduced was Friday, February 17th and there was a flurry of activity over at the Capitol. Of note to manufacturers tracking environmental legislation is a set of bills in the Assembly regarding hazardous waste facility permits. CMTA is tracking the following pieces of legislation:

AB 245 (Gomez - D)
This bill would require the Department of Toxic Substances Controls to hold a public meeting for renewal permit applications for hazardous waste facilities with 90 days of receiving a renewal application.

AB 246 ( Santiago - D)
This bill would require that an applicant for a new hazardous waste facilities permit also obtain a permit from the air quality management district or local pollutions control district. This would also apply to permit renewals.

AB 247 (Garcia, C. - D)
This bill would require the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment to convene a Lead Advisory Taskforce to review and advise regarding policies and procedures to reduce childhood lead poisoning rates in the state. This taskforce would also be asked to publish a recommended regulatory agenda that identifies sources of lead and regulatory standards necessary to protect public health.

AB 248 (Reyes - D)
This bill creates new timeframes for hazardous waste facilities permit renewal applicants to submit renewal permit components (Part A and B). For permits that will expire on or before July 1, 2020, applicants must submit at least 6 months before the fixed term of the permit expires. For permits that will expire after July 1, 2020, the applicants must submit at least 2 years before the fixed term of the permit expires.

AB 249 (Gomez - D)
This bill increases the administrative and civil penalties from $25,000 to $37,500 for violations of the Hazardous Waste Control Law.

These bills, and other environmental legislation, will be covered during CMTA’s Environmental Quality Committee meeting/call on Thursday, February 23 at 9 am. For more details, contact Shaina Brown – or 916-498-3313.

Lastly, these bills are scheduled to be heard in the Assembly Environmental Safety & Toxic Materials Committee on Tuesday, March 7 at 1:30 p.m.


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