Shaina Brown

Hazardous waste updates

By Shaina Brown

Capitol Update, July 7, 2017

Currently, there are two paths being proposed at the legislature for hazardous waste facilities, permitting, and more.

On the Assembly side, we have AB 245 (Bill Quirk, D-Hayward), AB 246 (Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles), AB 247 (Cristina Garcia, D-Downey), AB 248 (Eloise Gomez Reyes, D-San Bernardino), and AB 1179 (Ash Kalra, D-San Jose), which take a piecemealed approach to making statutory changes to the Department of Toxic Substances Control’s (DTSC) hazardous waste management program based on specific recommendations of the IRP. This approach is not favored as the incremental changes will not adequately remedy departmental deficiencies and will come with increased costs with the fee for service changes that were instituted last year.

The alternative approach using SB 774 (Connie Leyva, D-Chino) as a vehicle, would create the California Toxic Substances Board. This Board, in addition to other duties, would appoint the Director of Toxic Substances Control. The complete overhaul contained in SB 774 does not contemplate the reforms that have augmented DTSC budget and staff in recent years. SB 774 will be heard in Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials on Tuesday, July 11, 2017.

CMTA will continue to closely track these parallel proposals as they continue to move through the legislative process. CMTA positions on these bills can be viewed here

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