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SB-1422 California Safe Drinking Water Act: microplastics.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 04/02/2018 02:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  April 02, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 1422


Introduced by Senator Portantino

February 16, 2018


An act relating to water quality. An act to add Section 116376 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to drinking water.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 1422, as amended, Portantino. Water quality: plastic and human health. California Safe Drinking Water Act: microplastics.
Existing law, the California Safe Drinking Water Act, requires the State Water Resources Control Board to administer provisions relating to the regulation of drinking water to protect public health, including, but not limited to, conducting research, studies, and demonstration programs relating to the provision of a dependable, safe supply of drinking water, enforcing the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, adopting implementing regulations, and conducting studies and investigations to assess the quality of water in private domestic water supplies. Under the act, the implementing regulations are required to include, but are not limited to including, monitoring of contaminants and requirements for notifying the public of the quality of the water delivered to customers.
This bill would require the state board to adopt regulations requiring annual testing for, and reporting of, the amount of microplastics in drinking water, including public disclosure of those results.

Under the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act, the State Water Resources Control Board and the California regional water quality control boards are the principal state agencies with authority over matters relating to water quality. The state board and the regional boards prescribe waste discharge requirements for the discharge of waste in accordance with the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program established by the federal Clean Water Act and the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act. Under the act, the state board and the regional boards are required to implement a program to control discharges of preproduction plastic, which includes plastic resin pellets and powdered coloring for plastics, from point and nonpoint sources.

This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation relating to levels of plastic that are found in water and the impacts of those levels on human health.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 116376 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

116376.
 The state board shall adopt regulations requiring annual testing for, and reporting of, the amount of microplastics in drinking water, including public disclosure of those results.

SECTION 1.

It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation relating to levels of plastic that are found in water and the impacts of those levels on human health.