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AB-223 California Safe Drinking Water Act: microplastics.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 01/16/2019 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 223


Introduced by Assembly Member Mark Stone

January 16, 2019


An act to amend Section 116376 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to drinking water.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 223, as introduced, Mark Stone. California Safe Drinking Water Act: microplastics.
Existing law, the California Safe Drinking Water Act, requires the State Water Resources Control Board to administer provisions relating to the regulation of drinking water to protect public health. Existing law requires the state board, on or before July 1, 2020, to adopt a definition of microplastics in drinking water and, on or before July 1, 2021, to adopt a standard methodology to be used in the testing of drinking water for microplastics and requirements for 4 years of testing and reporting of microplastics in drinking water, including public disclosure of those results.
This bill would require the state board, to the extent possible, and where feasible and cost effective, to work with the State Department of Public Health in complying with those requirements.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 116376 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

116376.
 (a) The state board, on or before July 1, 2020, shall adopt a definition of microplastics in drinking water.
(b) The state board, on or before July 1, 2021, shall do all of the following:
(1) Adopt a standard methodology to be used in the testing of drinking water for microplastics.
(2) Adopt requirements for four years of testing and reporting of microplastics in drinking water, including public disclosure of those results.
(3) If appropriate, consider issuing a notification level or other guidance to aid consumer interpretations of the results of the testing required pursuant to this section.
(4) Accredit qualified laboratories in California to analyze microplastics.
(c) (1) The state board may implement this section through the adoption of a policy handbook that is not subject to the requirements of Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code.
(2) To the extent possible, and where feasible and cost effective, the state board shall work with the State Department of Public Health in complying with the requirements of this section.