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Ag, Environment and Natural Resources Requests Feedback on Bills

June 13, 2019

SB 205 (Hertzberg): CSAC currently has an opposed unless amended position on this bill. The bill would require counties and cities to verify that businesses which apply for local business licenses are enrolled in the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit program. It would then require counties to transfer this information to the State Water Resources Control Board. CSAC has a concerns position because there are a number of counties that do not issue business licenses. In addition, some counties have business licenses that are only required for a certain set of activities that might not intersect with the regulated industries impacted by this bill. Finally, many counties use ministerial permitting processes. This bills requirement to verify enrollment would change this ministerial process for certain businesses, ultimately creating a more complicated and costly permitting process. CSAC appreciates the author’s intent, but has been working consistently with the author and stakeholders to improve this bill.

AB 1516 (Friedman):  CSAC has a support position on this bill. would improve defensible space and electrical transmission line vegetation clearance requirements in fire threat areas, and would help Cal Fire provide assistance with fuels management to counties in order to protect against future devastating wildfires. Specifically, CSAC supports counties working closely together with Cal Fire in order to improve defensible space and non-combustion areas near communities and structures in wildfire threat areas to improve outcomes in the future.

AB 633 (Stern): CSAC has a support position on this bill as it is proposed to be amended.  As proposed to be amended this bill would formally establish practices used by the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) on a statewide basis when determining contaminated property cleanup standards anywhere in the state on and after January 1, 2020. Specifically, this bill would codify existing DTSC standards that are currently used to determine the level of clean up required at sites under the Department’s jurisdiction. These standards incorporate local community decision making and zoning designations in the determination of required site level clean up.

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