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AB-1904 Hazardous materials: natural gas odorants.(2015-2016)

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Amended  IN  Senate  June 23, 2016
Amended  IN  Assembly  May 27, 2016

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2015–2016 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1904


Introduced by Assembly Member Wilk
(Coauthor: Senator Pavley)

February 11, 2016


An act to add and repeal Chapter 20 (commencing with Section 26250) of Division 20 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to hazardous materials, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1904, as amended, Wilk. Hazardous materials: natural gas odorants.
Existing law authorizes the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board to adopt, amend, and repeal occupational safety and health standards and orders. Existing regulations adopted pursuant to that authorization require natural gas that is delivered into any vessel or system, as specified, to have a distinctive odor of sufficient intensity so that the presence of the gas may be detected down to concentrations in air of not over 20% of the lower explosive limit, and require that these odorants be, among other things, harmless to humans, nontoxic, and noncorrosive to certain metals.
This bill would require the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment to submit a report to the Legislature, on or before January 1, 2019, that includes an assessment of the any potential danger of odorants currently used in natural gas storage facilities in the state to public health and safety and the environment, and that identifies alternative odorants for possible use in natural gas storage facilities, as specified. The bill would require the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment to consult with appropriate entities, as specified.
This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.
Vote: 2/3   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Chapter 20 (commencing with Section 26250) is added to Division 20 of the Health and Safety Code, to read:
CHAPTER  20. Natural Gas Odorants

26250.
 On or before January 1, 2019, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment shall submit a report to the Legislature, in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code, that includes all of the following:
(a) An assessment of the any potential danger of odorants currently used in natural gas storage facilities in the state to public health and safety and the environment.
(b) Alternative odorants identified by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment for possible use in natural gas storage facilities that pose a lower risk to public health and safety and the environment. The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment shall evaluate the following issues for every alternative odorant identified:
(1) The feasibility of using the alternative odorant in natural gas storage facilities.
(2) Any risks of using the alternative odorant, including, but not limited to, the risks of unwanted chemical reactions and reactions, increased corrosion. corrosion, and potential risks to public health and safety.
(3) The effectiveness of the alternative odorant at warning of a natural gas leak.
(c) The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment shall consult with appropriate entities including, but not limited to, odorant producers, appropriate state agencies or federal agencies, or both, and interested parties with germane existing scientific research.
(d) For purposes of this chapter, “odorant” means any material added to natural gas to impart a distinct odor so that the natural gas is readily detectable by a person with a normal sense of smell.

SEC. 2.

 Pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code, this chapter is repealed on January 1, 2021.

SEC. 3.

 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 Constitution and shall go into immediate effect. The facts constituting the necessity are:
In order to immediately begin assessing the danger of odorants in natural gas, it is necessary that this act take effect immediately.