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AB-345 Natural resources: environmental justice: oil and gas: regulation of operations.(2019-2020)

As Amends the Law Today


 Section 12805.4 is added to the Government Code, to read:

 (a) The Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency shall create an environmental justice program within the Natural Resources Agency to identify and address any gaps in existing programs, policies, or activities that may impede the achievement of environmental justice.
(b) Contingent upon funding for this purpose, the secretary shall establish a grant-based reimbursement program to enable environmental justice and community groups to meaningfully participate in rulemaking and other regulatory processes at departments and entities within the agency.
(c) For purposes of this section, “environmental justice” has the same meaning as in Section 65040.12.

SEC. 2.

 Section 3203.5 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

 (a) As used in this section, “sensitive receptor” has the same meaning as defined in subdivision (a) of Section 42705.5 of the Health and Safety Code, and includes residences and playgrounds.
(b) On or before July 1, 2022, the division shall adopt regulations to establish a minimum setback distance between oil and gas production and related operations activities and sensitive receptors based on health, scientific, and other data.
(c) This section does not prevent state and local authorities, including, but not limited to, the State Air Resources Board and local air quality management districts, with relevant jurisdiction and authority, from imposing additional requirements to protect public health and safety near oil and gas production and related operations activities.
SEC. 3.
 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.