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SB-667 Greenhouse gases: recycling infrastructure and facilities.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 04/29/2019 02:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  April 29, 2019
Amended  IN  Senate  April 10, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 667


Introduced by Senator Hueso

February 22, 2019


An act to amend Section 26002 of, and to add Section 42999.5 to, the Public Resources Code, relating to greenhouse gases.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 667, as amended, Hueso. Greenhouse gases: recycling infrastructure and facilities.
(1) 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 establishes the CalRecycle Greenhouse Gas Reduction Revolving Loan Program, administered by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, to provide loans to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases by promoting in-state development of infrastructure to process organic and other recyclable materials into new value-added products.
Existing law requires the department, 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 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.
This bill would require the department to develop, on or before January 1, 2021, and would authorize the department to amend, a 5-year investment strategy to drive innovation and support technological development and infrastructure, in order to meet specified organic waste reduction and recycling targets, as provided. The bill would require, on or before June 1, 2021, the department, in coordination with the Treasurer, to develop financial incentive mechanisms, including, but not limited to, loans and incentive payments, to fund organic waste diversion and recycling infrastructure. The bill would create the California Recycling Infrastructure Investment Account in the State Treasury, to be administered by the Treasurer. The bill would require the Treasurer Treasurer, in coordination with the department, to coordinate with the States of Nevada, Oregon, and Washington on infrastructure financing to support the recycling needs of the region and to create an advisory stakeholder committee to support development of interstate recycling infrastructure and markets for recyclable materials.
(2) The California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority Act creates the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority to provide financial assistance for the development and deployment of alternative energy and renewable energy technologies, and provides that it is the purpose of the act to advance the state’s goals of reducing the levels of greenhouse gas emissions and increasing the deployment of sustainable and renewable energy sources, among other things.
This bill would additionally provide that it is the purpose of the act to provide an alternative method of financing in providing and promoting the establishment of facilities needed to develop organic waste diversion technologies.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 (a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(1) Organic waste is a key source of methane emissions, a powerful climate forcer for greenhouse gases and short-lived climate pollutants that significantly impact air quality, public health, and climate change.
(2) The state has been a leader in advancing policies that drastically divert organic waste from landfills and recycle it, including by mandating a 40-percent reduction in methane emissions by 2030, compared to 2013 levels.
(3) The state is facing a crisis due to international dynamics that have critically impacted our traditional recycling markets.
(4) The state, in coordination with the States of Nevada, Oregon, and Washington, requires a stable, multiyear incentive program that leverages private and other additional public funds to build infrastructure to meet the needs of the state’s organic waste diversion mandate and recycling market crisis.
(b) It is the intent of the Legislature that moneys subsequently appropriated for the Organic Waste Diversion Infrastructure Act of 2019, including, but not limited to, any moneys appropriated from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, established pursuant to Section 16428.8 of the Government Code, be expended for grants pursuant to Section 42999 of the Public Resources Code, and, notwithstanding subdivision (a) of Section 42999 of the Public Resources Code, for loans pursuant to Section 42997 of the Public Resources Code.

SEC. 2.

 Section 26002 of the Public Resources Code is amended to read:

26002.
 It is the purpose of this division to advance the state’s goals of reducing the levels of greenhouse gas emissions, increasing the deployment of sustainable and renewable energy sources, implementing measures that increase the efficiency of the use of energy, creating high quality employment opportunities, and lessening the state’s dependence on fossil fuels and to that end to provide an alternative method of financing in providing and promoting the establishment of all of the following:
(a) Facilities utilizing alternative methods and sources of energy.
(b) Facilities needed for the development and commercialization of advanced transportation technologies.
(c) Facilities needed to develop organic waste diversion technologies.

SEC. 3.

 Section 42999.5 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

42999.5.
 (a) This section shall be known, and may be cited, as the Organic Waste Diversion Infrastructure Investment Act of 2019.
(b) The department shall support technology advancement and infrastructure to meet the state’s 2025 organic waste reduction target pursuant to Section 39730.6 of the Health and Safety Code and the state’s recycling goals pursuant to Section 41780.01.
(c) The department shall develop, on or before January 1, 2021, and may amend, a five-year investment strategy to drive innovation and support technological development and infrastructure, in order to meet the state’s 2025 organic waste reduction target pursuant to Section 39730.6 of the Health and Safety Code and the state’s recycling goals pursuant to Section 41780.01. The investment strategy shall do all of the following:
(1) (A) Set forth a five-year plan for the expenditure of moneys appropriated for purposes of this section.
(B) An eligible expenditure may occur over multiple fiscal years.
(C) The department may make multiyear funding commitments over a period of more than one fiscal year.
(2) Assess the amount of money needed to build the infrastructure necessary to achieve the waste reduction target pursuant to Section 39730.6 of the Health and Safety Code.
(3) Identify priorities and strategies for financial incentive mechanisms to help achieve the organic waste reduction target pursuant to Section 39730.6 of the Health and Safety Code and the state’s recycling goals pursuant to Section 41780.01.
(d) On or before June 1, 2021, the department, in coordination with the Treasurer, shall develop financial incentive mechanisms, including, but not limited to, loans and incentive payments, to fund organic waste diversion and recycling infrastructure.
(e) (1) There is hereby established in the State Treasury the California Recycling Infrastructure Investment Account, which the Treasurer shall administer.
(2) In providing any financial incentives pursuant to this subdivision, the Treasurer, in coordination with the department, shall do all of the following:
(A) Ensure that a recipient of a financial incentive leverages local, state, federal, and private funding sources to maximize investment in organic waste diversion and recycling infrastructure.
(B) Prioritize projects that have multiple benefits, including, but not limited to, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing solid waste diversion, increasing workforce training and development, reducing collection and recycling costs to local governments, and creating jobs.
(C) Prioritize projects that maximize benefits while minimizing negative consequences to disadvantaged communities, as identified pursuant to Section 39711 of the Health and Safety Code.
(D) Seek to achieve a portfolio approach to funding pursuant to this subdivision that supports a diverse set of projects.
(f) The Treasurer Treasurer, in coordination with the department, shall coordinate with the States of Nevada, Oregon, and Washington on infrastructure financing to support the recycling needs of the region and shall create an advisory stakeholder committee to support development of interstate recycling infrastructure and markets for recyclable materials.