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SB-594 Flood risk: dam failure: expedited permit processing and approval: human life safety protection.(2017-2018)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Part 9 (commencing with Section 9700) is added to Division 5 of the Water Code, to read:

PART 9. Expedited Permit Processing and Approval

9700.
 As used in this part, “state agency” means a unit of state government, including, but not limited to, any department, agency, board, or commission of the State of California.
9702.
 (a) A project shall be eligible for expedited permit processing and approval if the project satisfies all of the following:
(1) The project will maintain or improve human life safety protection through flood risk reduction or reduction of a risk of dam failure.
(2) Environmental review of the project pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (Division 13 (commencing with Section 21000) of the Public Resources Code) has been completed.
(3) The project meets one or more of the following criteria:
(A) The project will reduce flood risk through the repair, reconstruction, or retrofit of Oroville Dam or its appurtenant structures, or through the repair of levees or the removal of sediment intended to prevent flooding from the Feather River downstream of Oroville Dam.
(B) The project is located in a watershed that has experienced flooding within the last 10 years that resulted in cumulative losses exceeding fifty million dollars ($50,000,000), and flood risk reduction is an outcome of the project.
(C) The project will reduce flood risk through the seismic retrofit or repair of a dam, with an active capacity restriction due to seismic safety and a classification as a high hazard or very high hazard dam, as determined by the Division of Safety of Dams within the department.
(D) The project will remove the risk to life and property from a dam pursuant to an order from the Division of Safety of Dams within the department for appropriate management, repair, or replacement pursuant to Section 6111 or 6081, or from a dam for which the certificate of approval has been revoked pursuant to Section 6357.1.
(E) The project will reduce the risk of tidal flooding for an urban area in which a 1-percent tidal flood event is estimated to cause damage exceeding five billion dollars ($5,000,000,000) and to threaten industries vital to the state and national economies.
(b) An eligible project shall receive expedited permit processing and approval in accordance with all of the following:
(1) Within 30 days after a state agency receives a written request to approve a permit pursuant to this section, the state agency shall determine whether substantial evidence exists that the project satisfies the requirements of subdivision (a).
(2) If the state agency determines substantial evidence exists that the project satisfies the requirements of subdivision (a), the state agency shall commence expedited permit processing and approval. The state agency shall approve or deny the permit request within 60 days of the determination made pursuant to paragraph (1).
(3) If a state agency determines that mitigation is necessary for a project’s significant environmental impacts, as those significant environmental impacts were disclosed in the project’s final environmental review document prepared pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (Division 13 (commencing with Section 21000) of the Public Resources Code), the mitigation measures listed in the permit shall, if authorized by law and to the maximum extent possible, be consistent with the mitigation measures listed in the project’s final environmental review document prepared pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (Division 13 (commencing with Section 21000) of the Public Resources Code).
SEC. 2.
 This act is an urgency statute necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety within the meaning of Article IV of the California Constitution and shall go into immediate effect. The facts constituting the necessity are:
In order to expedite the permit processing and approval for projects that will maintain or improve human life safety protection through flood risk reduction or reduction of a risk of dam failure as soon as possible, it is necessary for this bill to take effect immediately.