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AB-1179 Hazardous waste facilities: inspections.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/17/2017 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1179


Introduced by Assembly Member Kalra

February 17, 2017


An act to add Section 25185.2 to the Health and Safety Code, relating to hazardous waste.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1179, as introduced, Kalra. Hazardous waste facilities: inspections.
Existing law requires the Department of Toxic Substances Control, and a local health officer or local public officer designated by the Director of Toxic Substances Control, to enforce the standards in the hazardous waste control law and the regulations adopted by the department to implement that law, except as specified. Existing law authorizes a representative of the department or the local officer or agency authorized to enforce the hazardous waste control law to, among other things, enter and inspect a factory, plant, construction site, disposal site, transfer facility, or an establishment or any other place or environment where hazardous wastes are stored, handled, processed, disposed of, or being treated to recover resources.
This bill would require the department to inspect a permitted hazardous waste land disposal facility no less than once per month, inspect a permitted and operating hazardous waste facility no less than 4 times per calendar year, and inspect a permitted hazardous waste facility no less than 2 times per calendar year.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 25185.2 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

25185.2.
 (a) The Legislature finds and declares that hazardous waste facilities that are not in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations pose a danger to human health and safety and the environment. This danger is increased for disadvantaged communities impacted by multiple sources of pollution. It is vital that permitted hazardous waste facilities be inspected on a regular basis to ensure compliance with state and federal laws.
(b) The department shall do all of the following:
(1) Inspect a permitted hazardous waste land disposal facility no less than once per month.
(2) Inspect a permitted and operating hazardous waste facility not covered under paragraph (1) no less than four times per calendar year.
(3) Inspect a permitted hazardous waste facility not covered under paragraph (1) or (2) no less than two times per calendar year.
(c) Nothing in this section shall prevent the department from inspecting a hazardous waste facility more frequently than is required pursuant to subdivision (b).