CA Governor Brown Takes Action to Promote Renewable Energy and Protect the Environment

10/10/2011

It was announced over the weekend that Governor Edmund Brown, Jr. has taken action on legislation to protect California's environment and natural resources and has signed a series of bills in support.

The following bills were signed into Law on Saturday, October 8, 2011:

AB 291 by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) – Underground storage tanks: petroleum: charges. • AB 320 by Assemblymember Jerry Hill (D-South San Francisco) – Environmental quality: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA): determination: dispute. • AB 358 by Assemblymember Cameron Smyth (R-Santa Clarita) – Hazardous substances: underground storage tanks: releases: reports. • AB 359 by Assemblymember Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) – Groundwater management plans. • AB 408 by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) – Environment: hazardous substances and materials: hazardous waste transportation: paint recycling. • AB 525 by Assemblymember Richard Gordon (D-Redwood City) – Solid waste: tire recycling: architectural paint recovery program. • AB 681 by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) – Aboveground storage tanks: funds. • AB 703 by Assemblymember Richard Gordon (D-Redwood City) – Property taxation: welfare exemption: nature resources and open-space lands. • AB 712 by Assemblymember Das G. Williams (D-Santa Barbara) – Recycling: beverage containers. • AB 849 by Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D-Burbank) – Water: use efficiency: graywater building standards. • AB 913 by Assemblymember Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles) – Hazardous waste: source reduction: certified green business program. • AB 964 by Assemblymember Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) – Water rights: appropriation. • AB 1027 by Assemblymember Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) – Local publicly owned electric utilities: utility poles and support structures. • AB 1036 by Assemblymember Michael Allen (D-Santa Rosa) – Parks: regional park, park and open-space, and open-space districts: employee relations. • AB 1077 by Assemblymember Wilmer Amina Carter (D-Rialto) – State parks: Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. • AB 1112 by Assemblymember Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) – Oil spill prevention and administration fee: State Lands Commission. A signing message can be found here. • AB 1414 by Committee on Natural Resources – Forestry: timber harvesting. • SB 152 by Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) – Public lands: general leasing law: littoral landowners. • SB 170 by Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) – Air districts: adverse effects of air pollution: intellectual property. • SB 224 by Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) – Public contracts: Department of Water Resources. • SB 267 by Senator Michael Rubio (D-Bakersfield) – Water supply planning: renewable energy plants. • SB 328 by Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) – Eminent Domain Law: conservation easement. • SB 436 by Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) – Land use: mitigation lands: nonprofit organizations. • SB 454 by Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) –Energy efficiency standards. • SB 456 by Senator Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) – Household hazardous waste: transportation. • SB 482 by Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) – Public beach contamination: standards: testing: closing. • SB 489 by Senator Lois Wolk (D -Davis) – Electricity: net energy metering. • SB 567 by Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) – Recycling: plastic products. • SB 595 by Senator Lois Wolk (D -Davis) –Tidelands and submerged lands: removal of vessels. • SB 618 by Senator Lois Wolk (D -Davis) – Local government: solar-use easement. • SB 679 by Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) – Energy: energy conservation projects: financial assistance: local governments and public institutions. • SB 771 by Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) – California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority. • SB 790 by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) – Electricity: community choice aggregation. • SB 836 by Senator Alex Padilla (D -Pacoima) – Renewable energy resources: cost reporting. • SB 909 by Senator Doug La Malfa (R-Butte) – Treated wood waste: disposal.

In aggregate these two measures, AB291 & AB358, provide the following to underground storage tank owners and operators in this State:

  • Extends the current 2 cent per gallon UST per gallon fee until 12/31/14 (estimates add'l $80-$100MM/FY in funding to pay cleanup claims)
  • Institutes a one year time frame on achieving closure of sites after closure has been granted
  • Establish a $10K cap for closure costs, unless additional costs are deemed warranted by SWRCB
  • Requires all local agencies (LOP's) to adhere to SWRCB decisions
  • Requires all LOP's to report into centralized electronic reporting system

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