Environmental Bits & Pieces

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

Capitol Update, July 2, 2004

An urgent piece of legislatin, AB 901 (Hannah Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara), moved through the Senate and Assembly floors on Tuesday and was signed by the Governor on July 1. This bill delays the July 1, 2004 fee implementation date mandated by Byron Sher's (D-Stanford) SB 20, last year's chaptered electronics recycling bill. SB 50 (Sher), a clean-up bill for SB 20, was amended twice in June and Kip Lipper, Senator Sher’s Chief of Staff, has indicated that he intends to hold a meeting soon to finalize any additional amendments. An industry-wide meeting is planned next week to discuss priorities and strategies. Contact Mike Rogge, mrogge@cmta.net, for details.

CTG Energetics, the company hired by the Division of State Architects (DSA) to write certification standards for Environmentally Preferable Products, has scheduled an Industry Roundtable on Tuesday, July 27 in the Executive Dining Room in the General Services Headquarters Building, 707 3rd Street, West Sacramento from 1 to 4 p.m. The purpose of the Roundtable is to provide an opportunity for industry to provide feedback on their process and to discuss the fundamental technical aspects of the draft specifications. DSA has already released specifications for composite panels, gypsum panels, and insulation. Adhesive and sealants are next followed by paints, carpet, resilient flooring, acoustical panels, tackable wall panels, engineered wood, ceramic tile, plaster, wood/lumber, concrete, cleaning chemicals, casework, and roofing. If you make any of the above products, we urge you to have a representative attend&ldots;.whether or not you supply materials for schools or government buildings. The precedent could seriously impact your business in the future. RSVP to gshank@ctgenergetics.com. If you can't make the meeting in person a call-in 800 number will be provided to those who RSVP.

The California Air Resources Board has released a draft report on Indoor Air Pollution in California, as required by AB 1173, authored by Assemblyman Rick Keeley (R-Chico) in 2002. It can be viewed at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/indoor/ab1173/ab1173.htm A public workshop will be held on Tuesday July 27 in Sacramento and a live internet broadcast will be available for those who cannot attend. The details on the workshop and the internet broadcast can also be found at the link or by calling Dorothy Shimer at 916-445-0753. Comments on the draft report are due by August 20.
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