| Club sponsors six state bills
At press time six bills the Club is sponsoring were still alive and working their
way through the legislative and negotiating process. In all, the Club is tracking
about 350 bills that could affect the environment.
AB 1500 (Diaz). This bill levies a fee of $1/barrel of crude
oil at the refinery gate generating $750 million for petroleum-related clean-up/prevention
including diesel pollution mitigation and brownfields remediation. At press time
this bill was on hold in the Assembly Transportation Committee.
SB 217 (Sher). This bill was awaiting a vote in the Senate at
press time. The bill directs the Board of Forestry to create maximum harvesting
thresholds for watersheds and prevents clearcutting of old-growth forests.
SB 810 (Burton). Nearly all of the rivers on the North Coast
have been designated as impaired by excessive sediment by the EPA, largely due
to logging and other activities. The California Dept. of Forestry has failed to
protect and restore water quality and has often refused to incorporate the comments
of the Regional Water Quality Control Board. This bill gives a stronger role in
timber harvest review to the Regional Water Quality Control Board. SB 810 passed
the Senate in May. At press time it was awaiting a hearing in the Assembly Natural
AB 1268 (Wiggins). A bill for smart growth and affordable housing.
SB 511 (Figueroa). SB 511 deals with fluorescent light bulb recycling.
Fluorescent bulbs contain mercury. At press time the bill had cleared the Senate
Environmental Quality Committee and was in the Appropriations Committee.
AB 306 (Kehoe). This bill requires water meters for all residential
and most commercial buildings statewide. Several cities such as Sacramento do
not require water metering. At press time this bill was in the Assembly Appropriations
Other bills that the Club supports include SB 656 which would reduce particulate
matter in the air; AB 16 to require oil produced offshore California to be brought
in by pipeline instead of tanker; and AB 1168 which designates parts of the Albion
and Gualala Rivers of the North Coast as “wild and scenic.”
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