Upcoming Events in CA EHS:
- CUPA Activity
- Annual Training Conference – Anaheim February 25-28
- Unified Program Strategic Plan was developed in August 2018
- January newsletter issued – can obtain at calepa.ca.gov/cupa/newsletters
- Safer Consumer Products
- Oversight Hearings scheduled:
- Feb 12 – Joint Oversight Hearing (Senate EQ and Assembly ESTM)
- Feb 27 – Joint budget and Policy committees reviews coming up
- Oversight Hearings scheduled:
- AB 617 Community Air Protection Program
- AB 617 San Diego Consultation Group meeting was held 12/10/18
- CARB Statewide Reporting Regulation on Criteria Pollutants and CA Toxics was adopted on 12/13/18
- Water Conservation – Urban Strategy:
- DWR and SWRCB has released a “Primer” on Urban Strategy
- Indoor Heat Illness Regulations
- Draft Indoor Heat Illness regulation was revised in mid-January
- Marti Fischer retired and is no longer leading industry coalition
Bills to Watch (Feb 2019):
AB 35 – Kalra/C. Garcia – Require Dept of Public Health to consider worker lead levels of 25 micrograms/deciliter to be injurious to health and mandate DOSH to investigate as a serious violation.
AB 60 – Friedman – Prohibit sale of any sunscreens containing oxybenzone or octinoxate.
AB 129 – Bloom (Spot Bill) – Intent of legislature to enact legislation
recognizing emerging threat of plastic microfibers.
AB 134 – Bloom – Requires policies to ensure to safe, reliable and accessible drinking water.
AB 142 – C. Garcia – Double’s recycling fee for manufacturer of lead-acid batteries, and addresses importers.
SB 1 – Atkins/Portantino/Stern – Requires various CA agencies to enforce rolled-back Federal standards in their respective arenas.
SB 25 – Caballero – CEQA amendment to expedite judicial review in
“qualified opportunity zones.”
SB 33 – Skinner (Spot Bill) – Intent of Legislature to address collapse of
foreign recycling markets by taking steps to reduce waste generation and increase composting and domestic recycling.
SB 43 – Allen – Require CARB to study substitution of a carbon tax for
State’s sales & use tax.
SB 49 – Skinner – (Spot Bill) – Addressing energy efficiency standards
- SB 54 – Allen/Wiener – (Spot Bill) – Intent of Legislature to reduce
single-use plastics entering waste stream
- SB 68 – Galgiani – Require message noting landfills capable of treating
hazardous wood waste.
- SB 69 – Wiener – (Spot Bill) – Addressing ocean resource management.
- SB 86 – Portantino – (Spot Bill) – Addressing HazWaste electronic
Bills with Interest or potential resurrection (Feb 2019):
- AB 958 – Ting – 2-year bill on hazardous materials: originally blocked use
of fluorinated chemicals in packaging and preempt DTSC SCP process –
revised to focus on labelling of cookware containing PFASs – strong pushback
from industry led author to abandon bill – Bill will be resurrected in
some form in 2019
- Water Conservation Compromise – AB 1668 (Friedman) and SB 606
(Hertzberg) – includes urban conservation targets, strategy (commercial,
industrial, institutional – CII) – favorable CII language negotiated into final
bills – process waters same so far – DWR will be issuing
initial proposed guidelines in November
- AB 2570 – Nazarian – environmentally preferable cleaning products –
Districts to certify use of economically feasible products (per independent 3rd
party certification) – amended to allow anti-microbials but coalition still
opposed – late entry by extreme NGO group seeking to ban far more products
– amended to add “economic feasibility” and exempt small districts – DIED in
Senate Appropriations – will be returned in some form in 2019, as will
with AB 2816 proposal for controlling use of pesticides in schools.
- SB 774 – Leyva – Creates DTSC “Board” – ES&TM amendments taken to make
Board “advisory” but still w/ power to hire and direct DTSC Director –
Governor’s office has told author to put on inactive file (make it 2-year bill) –
“Gut & Amend” last week of session made this wildfire bill – BILL AMENDED TO ANOTHER TOPIC – Senate EQ Chief Consultant Rachel Wagner – a primary architect of bill – indicated intent to resurrect it, but has since left EQ