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Agriculture, Environment, and Natural Resources End-of-Session Bill Update

September 16, 2021

Both chambers of the Legislature adjourned before 9 p.m. last Friday night, bringing an end to the 2021 session. Following is an update on major bills of interest or concern for the Agriculture, Environment, and Natural Resources policy area that are now among the 800+ bills awaiting action by Governor Gavin Newsom. CSAC staff will continue to monitor and advocate for County priorities during the signing period, which ends October 10, 2021.

Awaiting Governor’s Action

AB 9 (Wood) would establish and codify the Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Program with the goal of increasing regional capacity to create fire-adapted communities and landscapes.  Often funding for fire prevention is limited to capital projects. Counties and their partners need funding to work both on direct projects and capacity building to make landscape-level improvements to resiliency. CSAC strongly supports AB 9.

AB 818 (Bloom)Labeling for non-disposable wipes
AB 818 would establish labeling requirements for wet wipes packaging so that Californians will know how to properly dispose of these products. Disposal information is inconsistent on wipes product labels, and some wipes are advertised as “flushable” when they are instead intended for the trashcan. Because many wet wipes are made from plastic they are not compatible with sewer systems and infrastructure, and can cause great damage. CSAC supports AB 818.

SB 343 (Allen)Chasing Arrows truth in labeling.
SB 343 would prohibit the use of the chasing arrows symbol unless the material is actually recycled in most California communities and is routinely sold to manufacturers to make new products. CSAC supports SB 343.

SB 619 (Laird) – Vehicle for local government relief for organic waste rule implementation
SB 619 would delay enforcement and add support for counties implementing the SB 1383 organic waste provisions. Cost estimates from CalRecycle over $20 billion, which will be born at the local level through increase costs and rates. Local governments need state support to implement statewide requirements for organic waste reduction. CSAC supports SB 619.

Signed by Governor

AB 332 (Cmte. on Enviro. Safety and Toxic Materials)Continues exemption program for Treated Wood Waste.
AB 332 facilitates the safe and proper handling and disposal of Treated Wood Waste (TWW) by codifying the Alternative Management Standards that sunset on January 1, 2021, to significantly ease the burdens associated with proper transportation, management, and disposal of TWW. CSAC supported SB 332.

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