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September 20, 2011 > Assembly sends regulatory reform package to Governor

Assembly sends regulatory reform package to Governor

Submitted By Jeff Barbosa

With strong bipartisan support, the state Assembly has approved a package of regulatory reforms by Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to streamline procedures and enhance the cleanup of hazardous materials, leaking storage tanks and paint waste and to increase renewable fuel and clean vehicles. The bills, approved the week ending September 9, 2011, await the Governor's consideration.

"This package of bills will improve protection of our environment and public health and also makes it simpler for business and local governments to comply with our laws," Wieckowski said. "They provide funding for environmental cleanup and will reduce administrative burdens that hinder job growth."

The package of bills includes:

AB 408 provides a wide-ranging series of regulatory reforms addressing the problems of business, local governments, and emergency personnel in complying with California hazardous material and hazardous waste laws.

AB 291 continues the existing .006 percent petroleum fee to fund the California Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund used for taking corrective action on leaking petroleum tanks in order to preserve public health, safety and water quality.

AB 255 signed by the Governor on September 6, it makes it easier and less expensive for businesses to manage latex paint waste and encourages proper disposal. Studies suggest up to half of leftover paint is illegally discarded in landfills.

AB 1314 streamlines the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, overseen by the California Energy Commission, to get people to work more quickly on building car parts, fueling stations and other clean fuel and clean vehicle projects. The bill is supported by Tesla Motors, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition, Coalition for Clean Air, Revolution Motors and CALSTART.

"These bills, which passed the legislature with bipartisan support, reduce bureaucracy, create jobs and protect our environment," Wieckowski said.

Another Wieckowski bill, AB 681, to extend the authority for the State Water Resources Control Board to expend funds providing assistance and training for businesses with above-ground hazardous material storage tanks, is on the Assembly floor awaiting a final vote.

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