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AB-353 Once-through cooling policy: extension.(2019-2020)

As Amends the Law Today


 Section 13193.5 is added to the Water Code, to read:

 The state board shall not grant an operator of a powerplant additional time for complying with the once-through cooling policy described in Section 2922 of Title 23 of the California Code of Regulations if the powerplant meets both of the following criteria:
(a) The powerplant is situated on a site, which includes any parcel or a portion thereof on which powerplant facilities are physically located and any parcel or a portion thereof adjacent to a parcel on which powerplant facilities are physically located, that contains existing coastal wetlands within the coastal zone.
(b) A local agency, nonprofit organization, or nongovernmental land conservation organization has been awarded a grant pursuant to Section 80137 of the Public Resources Code on or before January 1, 2020, for the purposes of acquiring all or a portion of the site of the powerplant to develop parklands and restore wetlands on the site.
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:
To ensure that this bill takes effect before the State Water Resources Control Board next revises its once-through cooling policy in order to prevent ongoing harm to marine ecosystems and the coastal environment caused by powerplants that use a once-through cooling system, it is necessary for this measure to take effect immediately.