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AB-1649 Interagency Task Force on Refinery Safety.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/18/2017 04:00 AM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1649


Introduced by Assembly Member Muratsuchi

February 17, 2017


An act to add Part 3.8 (commencing with Section 71275) to Division 34 of the Public Resources Code, relating to environmental protection.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1649, as introduced, Muratsuchi. Interagency Task Force on Refinery Safety.
Existing law establishes the California Environmental Protection Agency under the supervision of the Secretary for Environmental Protection, consisting of various boards, offices, and departments, and vests the agency with authority over various environmental matters.
This bill would create the Interagency Task Force on Refinery Safety, with a specified membership, to be managed by the California Environmental Protection Agency as the lead agency. The bill would provide that the purpose of the task force shall be to examine ways to improve public and worker safety through enhanced oversight of refineries, and to strengthen emergency preparedness in anticipation of any future refinery incident. The bill would require the task force to seek to better coordinate each participating agency’s individual functions and to facilitate information sharing among participating agencies, with the goal of ensuring that refineries comply with all regulatory requirements, move toward inherently safer systems, and continue to improve and enhance protection for workers, communities, and the environment.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Part 3.8 (commencing with Section 71275) is added to Division 34 of the Public Resources Code, to read:

PART 3.8. INTERAGENCY TASK FORCE ON REFINERY SAFETY

71275.
 (a) The Interagency Task Force on Refinery Safety is hereby created. The task force shall be managed by the California Environmental Protection Agency, which shall be the lead agency. The purpose of the task force shall be to examine ways to improve public and worker safety through enhanced oversight of refineries, and to strengthen emergency preparedness in anticipation of any future refinery incident. The task force shall seek to better coordinate each participating agency’s individual functions and to facilitate information sharing among participating agencies, with the goal of ensuring that refineries comply with all regulatory requirements, move toward inherently safer systems, and continue to improve and enhance protection for workers, communities, and the environment.
(b) The task force shall consist of all of the following:
(1) The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.
(2) The California Environmental Protection Agency.
(3) The State Air Resources Board.
(4) The Department of Toxic Substances Control.
(5) The State Water Resources Control Board.
(6) The Department of Industrial Relations.
(7) The Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA).
(8) The Department of Public Health.
(9) The Emergency Medical Services Authority.
(10) The Office of the State Fire Marshal.
(11) Certified unified program agencies in areas with refineries.
(12) Local air districts in areas with refineries.
(13) The United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9.
(c) Local agencies and the United States Environmental Protection Agency may elect to participate in the task force at their option.