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AB-1933 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund: recycling infrastructure projects. (2017-2018)

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Date Published: 09/27/2018 09:00 PM
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Assembly Bill No. 1933
CHAPTER 808

An act to amend Section 42999 of the Public Resources Code, relating to greenhouse gases.

[ Approved by Governor  September 27, 2018. Filed with Secretary of State  September 27, 2018. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1933, Maienschein. Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund: recycling infrastructure projects.
The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency charged with monitoring and regulating sources of emissions of greenhouse gases. The act authorizes the state board to include the use of market-based compliance mechanisms. Existing law requires all moneys, except for fines and penalties, collected by the state board as a part of the market-based compliance mechanism to be deposited in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.
Existing law requires the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, with additional moneys from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund that may be appropriated to the department, to administer a grant program to provide financial assistance, in the form of grants, incentive payments, contracts, or other funding mechanisms, to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by promoting the in-state development of infrastructure, food waste prevention, or other projects to reduce organic waste or to process organic and other recyclable materials into new value-added products. Existing law specifies eligible uses that qualify for in-state infrastructure projects or other projects that reduce emissions of greenhouse gases as part of these funding mechanisms. Existing law specifies eligible infrastructure projects that reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.
This bill would additionally specify as an eligible use for in-state infrastructure projects or other projects that reduce emissions of greenhouse gases activities that expand and improve waste diversion and recycling, including the recovery of food for human consumption and food waste prevention. The bill would additionally specify that eligible infrastructure projects that reduce emissions of greenhouse gases include the expansion of facilities for the processing of recyclable materials and projects to improve the quality of recycled materials.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 42999 of the Public Resources Code is amended to read:

42999.
 (a) Any additional moneys appropriated by the Legislature from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, created pursuant to Section 16428.8 of the Government Code, to the department shall be used to administer a grant program to provide financial assistance to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases by promoting in-state development of infrastructure, food waste prevention, or other projects to reduce organic waste or process organic and other recyclable materials into new, value-added products. The moneys shall be expended consistent with the requirements of Article 9.7 (commencing with Section 16428.8) of Chapter 2 of Part 2 of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code and Chapter 4.1 (commencing with Section 39710) of Part 2 of Division 26 of the Health and Safety Code.
(b) From moneys appropriated for purposes of this section, the department shall provide grants, incentive payments, contracts, or other funding mechanisms to public and private entities for in-state infrastructure projects or other projects that reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by any of the following:
(1) Organics composting.
(2) Organics in-vessel digestion.
(3) Recyclable material manufacturing.
(4) Activities that expand and improve waste diversion and recycling, including, but not limited to, the recovery of food for human consumption and food waste prevention.
(c) For the purposes of this section, eligible infrastructure projects that reduce emissions of greenhouse gases include, but are not limited to, any of the following:
(1) Capital investments in new facilities and increased throughput at existing facilities for activities, such as converting windrow composting to aerated-static-pile composting to use food waste as feedstock.
(2) Designing and constructing organics in-vessel digestion facilities to produce products, such as biofuels, bioenergy, and soil amendments.
(3) Designing and constructing or expanding facilities for processing recyclable materials.
(4) Projects to improve the quality of recycled materials.
(d) In awarding a grant for organics composting or anaerobic digestion pursuant to this section, the department shall consider all of the following:
(1) The amount of reductions of emissions of greenhouse gases that may result from the project.
(2) The amount of organic material that may be diverted from landfills as a result of the project.
(3) If and how the project may benefit disadvantaged communities.
(4) For a grant awarded for an anaerobic digestion project, if and how the project maximizes resource recovery, including the production of clean energy or low-carbon or carbon negative transportation fuels.
(5) Project readiness and permitting that the project may require.
(6) Air and water quality benefits that the project may provide.
(e) To the degree that funds are available, the department may provide larger grant awards for large-scale regional integrated projects that provide cost-effective organic waste diversion and maximize environmental benefits.