AENR News Briefs
May 23, 2019
CSAC Responds to CPUC Proposed Decision on Public Safety Power Shut-Offs
CSAC submitted response comments May 21 to the release of the California Public Utility Commission’s first phase proposed decision on regulations and procedures for Public Safety Power Shut-offs. In the reply to the proposed decision, CSAC provided comments that urged the CPUC to adopt more specific language requiring IOUs to be the primary notification entity in the event of a shut down. In addition, the reply comments also urged that additional information should be provided to local governments regarding populations with access and functional needs. CSAC will continue to monitor and engage in this rulemaking as it moves to phase two. A copy of CSAC’s comments can be found here.
CSAC AENR Bill of Interest
CSAC has a watch position on the following bill:
SB 153 (Wilk): This bill would update California’s provisions regulating cultivation and testing of industrial hemp to conform to new requirements for state plans under the federal Agriculture Marketing Act of 1946, which was amended by the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. Specifically, the bill would define “industrial hemp” to mean an agricultural product, whether growing or not, that is limited to types of the Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds of the plant and all derivatives, extracts, resin extracted from any part of the plant, the cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of no more than 0.3 percent on a dry-weight basis. This bill could impact county agricultural commissioners because it would require new reporting and registration requirements for the cultivation of industrial hemp.