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AB-1357 Department of Toxic Substances Control: public meetings.(2019-2020)



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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1357


Introduced by Assembly Member Quirk

February 22, 2019


An act to add Article 2.5 (commencing with Section 25128) to Chapter 6.5 of Division 20 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to hazardous waste.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1357, as introduced, Quirk. Department of Toxic Substances Control: public meetings.
Under existing law, the Department of Toxic Substances Control generally regulates the management and handling of hazardous waste and hazardous materials. Existing law requires a facility handling hazardous waste to obtain a hazardous waste facilities permit from the department and authorizes the department to enforce the requirements of the hazardous waste control laws through various means, including conducting inspections, issuing orders requiring that violations be corrected, and imposing administrative penalties, as specified.
This bill would require the department to hold at least 4 public meetings each calendar year to present on recent and upcoming decisions or actions relating to permitted hazardous waste facilities, hazardous waste cleanup sites, and the enforcement of the hazardous waste control laws. The bill would require the Director of Toxic Substances Control or his or her designee to be present and to run the meetings, and would require the department to provide time at each meeting for public testimony.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Article 2.5 (commencing with Section 25128) is added to Chapter 6.5 of Division 20 of the Health and Safety Code, to read:
Article  2.5. Public Meetings of the Department

25128.
 The department shall hold at least four public meetings each calendar year at which the department shall present on recent and upcoming decisions or actions relating to permitted hazardous waste facilities, hazardous waste cleanup sites, and the enforcement of this chapter. The director or his or her designee shall be present and shall run the meetings. The department shall provide time at each meeting for public testimony.