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SB-774 Hazardous substances: California Toxic Substances Board.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 09/11/2017 09:38 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  September 11, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  September 08, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  July 13, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  July 03, 2017
Amended  IN  Senate  March 23, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 774


Introduced by Senator Leyva

February 17, 2017


An act to amend Section 11553.5 of the Government Code, and to amend Sections 25174.1, 25174.6, 25187.2, 25205.1, 25205.2, 25205.4, 25205.5, 25205.7, 25205.14, 25205.15, 25205.16, and 25404.5 of, to add Section 25205.25 to, and to add Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 24700) to Division 20 of, the Health and Safety Code, relating to hazardous waste.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 774, as amended, Leyva. Hazardous substances: California Toxic Substances Board.
The hazardous waste control laws provide that the Department of Toxic Substances Control regulates the handling and management of hazardous substances, materials, and waste. The Carpenter-Presley-Tanner Hazardous Substance Account Act establishes a program authorizing certain responses to releases of hazardous substances, including spills and hazardous waste disposal sites, that pose a threat to the public health or the environment, and imposes liability for hazardous substance removal or remedial actions. The hazardous waste control laws and the Carpenter-Presley-Tanner Hazardous Substance Account Act require the department to adopt regulations to implement their provisions and establish various procedures and standards.
This bill would establish the California Toxic Substances Board in the department. The bill, notwithstanding any other law, would require the board to appoint the Director of Toxic Substances Control, who would hold office at the pleasure of the board. The bill would provide for the membership of the board, the salary and terms of the board members, and other various powers and duties of the board. The bill would require the board to conduct monthly public hearings to consider matters before the board relating to hazardous waste facilities permits and sites. The bill would require the department to provide information and records, and testify, concerning the agenda items at the hearing. The bill would authorize the board, based on the documents submitted, information presented, and testimony taken at the hearing, to, through a board action, direct the department to take certain actions with regard to a hazardous waste facilities permit or site, and would require the department to comply with those directions.
The hazardous waste control laws impose various regulatory fees, including, among others, a hazardous waste disposal fee, a hazardous waste facility fee, and a fee for generators of hazardous waste, as specified, and set the amount of these fees.
This bill would require, no later than January 1, 2019, the department to adopt, and the board to ratify, regulations that update specified fees imposed under the hazardous waste control laws.
This bill would incorporate additional changes to Section 11553.5 of the Government Code proposed by AB 133 and SB 118 to be operative only if this bill and AB 133 or SB 118, or all three bills, are enacted and this bill is enacted last. The bill would incorporate additional changes to Section 25205.15 of the Health and Safety Code proposed by AB 1441 to be operative only if this bill and AB 1441 are enacted and this bill is enacted last.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 11553.5 of the Government Code is amended to read:

11553.5.
 (a) Effective January 1, 1988, an annual salary of seventy-nine thousand one hundred twenty-two dollars ($79,122) shall be paid to the following:
(1) Member of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board.
(2) Member of the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission.
(3) Member of the Public Utilities Commission.
(4) Member of the Public Employment Relations Board.
(5) Member of the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board.
(6) Member of the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.
(7) Member of the State Water Resources Control Board.
(8) Member of the California Toxic Substances Board.
(b) The annual compensation provided by this section shall be increased in any fiscal year in which a general salary increase is provided for state employees. The amount of the increase provided by this section shall be comparable to, but shall not exceed, the percentage of the general cost-of-living salary increases provided for state employees during that fiscal year.
(c) Notwithstanding subdivision (b), any salary increase is subject to Section 11565.5.

SEC. 1.5.

 Section 11553.5 of the Government Code is amended to read:

11553.5.
 (a) Effective January 1, 1988, an annual salary of seventy-nine thousand one hundred twenty-two dollars ($79,122) shall be paid to the following:
(1) Member of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board.
(2) Member of the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission.
(3) Member of the Public Utilities Commission.
(4) Member of the Public Employment Relations Board.
(5) Member of the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board.
(6) Member of the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.
(7) Member of the State Water Resources Control Board.
(8) Member of the Cannabis Control Appeals Panel.
(9) Member of the California Toxic Substances Board.
(b) The annual compensation provided by this section shall be increased in any fiscal year in which a general salary increase is provided for state employees. The amount of the increase provided by this section shall be comparable to, but shall not exceed, the percentage of the general cost-of-living salary increases provided for state employees during that fiscal year.
(c) Notwithstanding subdivision (b), any salary increase is subject to Section 11565.5.

SEC. 2.

 Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 24700) is added to Division 20 of the Health and Safety Code, to read:
CHAPTER  6. Hazardous Substances
Article  1. General Provisions

24700.
 For purposes of this chapter, “board” means the California Toxic Substances Board.

24701.
 Except where the context otherwise requires, the definitions provided in Article 2 (commencing with Section 25110) of Chapter 6.5 and Article 2 (commencing with Section 25310) of Chapter 6.8 govern the construction of this chapter.

Article  2. California Toxic Substances Board

24710.
 The Legislature hereby finds and declares that in order to provide effective, reliable, transparent, and accountable oversight of California’s hazardous waste management and the remediation of contaminated sites, and to prevent threats associated with hazardous substances, it is necessary to establish an oversight board over the Department of Toxic Substances Control.

24711.
 (a) The California Toxic Substances Board is hereby established in the department, consisting of five members appointed by the Governor and subject to confirmation by the Senate. One member shall be an attorney admitted to practice law in this state who is qualified in the field of environmental law pertaining to hazardous waste, hazardous substances, or site remediation. One member shall be an environmental scientist qualified in the fields of toxicology, chemistry, geology, industrial hygiene, or engineering specific to the statutory responsibilities of the board. One member shall be a scientist or medical professional qualified in the area of toxic substances. One member shall be qualified in the area of regulatory permitting. One member shall be a member of the public.
(b) Three members of the board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business of the board.

24712.
 (a) A member of the board shall not participate in any board action in which the board member has a disqualifying financial interest in the decision within the meaning of Section 87103 of the Government Code.
(b) A board member shall not participate in a proceeding before the board as a consultant or in any other capacity on behalf of a waste discharger.
(c) Upon the request of a person, or on the Attorney General’s own initiative, the Attorney General may file a complaint in the superior court alleging that a board member has knowingly violated this section and the facts upon which the allegation is based and asking that the member be removed from office. Further proceedings shall be in accordance as near as may be with rules governing civil actions. If after trial the court finds that the board member has knowingly violated this section, it shall pronounce judgment that the member be removed from office.

24713.
 The annual salary of the members of the board is provided for by Chapter 6 (commencing at Section 11550) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code. A member of the board shall receive the necessary traveling and other expenses incurred by that member in the performance of his or her official duties out of appropriations made for the support of the board. If necessary, the members of the board may travel within or without the state.

24714.
 (a) A member of the board shall be appointed for a term of four years, except as provided in subdivision (b). A vacancy shall be immediately filled by the Governor for the unexpired portion of the term in which it occurs.
(b) The terms of the members of the board shall be staggered. Two initial members shall serve a two-year term, and three initial members shall serve a four-year term. The Governor shall determine which initial members shall serve two-year terms and which shall serve four-year terms.

24715.
 A member of the board may be removed from office by the Legislature, by concurrent resolution adopted by a majority vote of all members elected to each house, for dereliction of duty, corruption, or incompetency.

24716.
 (a) The board shall conduct monthly public hearings to consider matters before the board, at times and places determined by the board. The first meeting of the board shall be held on or before August 1, 2018.
(b) (1) No less than 30 days before a hearing, the board shall post the agenda for the hearing on the board’s Internet Web site and submit the agenda to the director. Any changes made to the agenda shall be posted on the board’s Internet Web site and submitted to the director no less than 14 days before the hearing.
(2) When setting the monthly agenda for a hearing, the board shall prioritize hazardous waste facilities permits and sites to be reviewed based on criteria that include, but are not limited to, the following, as applicable:
(A) The status of the applicable hazardous waste facilities permit.
(B) The nature of the site and any remedial action on the site.
(C) The proximity of the site or hazardous waste facility to vulnerable populations and sensitive receptors, including, but not limited to, schools, child care facilities, residences, hospitals, elder care facilities, and other sensitive locations.
(D) The potential for a release of a hazardous substance.
(E) The amount of time the action has been pending.
(c) The board may hear matters that are under the authority of the board pursuant to this chapter upon its own volition, and as follows:
(1) (A) The board may hear matters relating to a hazardous waste facilities permit or site upon receipt of a petition requesting a hearing that is submitted by a permittee, a person, as defined in Section 11405.70 of the Government Code, representing the community where the hazardous waste facility is located, or the department, if any of the following apply:
(i) The hazardous waste facilities permit has been in continued or interim status for more than 24 months.
(ii) A renewal application for a hazardous waste facilities permit was submitted on or after January 1, 2018, the facility has previously been found to have or is found by the board to have had three or more serious violations, and the department has not taken enforcement action regarding the permit or site pursuant to Chapter 6.5 (commencing with Section 25100) or Chapter 6.8 (commencing with Section 25300).
(iii) The site does not have a hazardous waste facilities permit and there is a risk of exposing vulnerable populations and sensitive receptors, including, but not limited to, schools, child care facilities, residences, hospitals, or elder care facilities, to a release of a hazardous substance.
(B) Based on the documents submitted, information presented, and testimony taken at a hearing, the board may direct the director, through a board action, to resolve outstanding issues relating to a hazardous waste facilities permit, including, but not limited to, setting a timeline for a resolution or permit decision and requiring that conditions be placed on a hazardous waste facilities permit to address hazards to public health or the environment. The director shall comply with directions received from the board through a board action pursuant to this paragraph.
(2) (A) The board may hear matters relating to a site upon receipt of a petition requesting a hearing that is submitted by a potentially responsible party, a person, as defined in Section 11405.70 of the Government Code, representing the community where the site is located, or the department. The purpose of a hearing conducted by the board pursuant to this paragraph is to review sites that have not been adequately addressed by the department as is consistent with the department’s statutory mandates, to create a forum for stakeholders to raise, and have addressed, concerns regarding these sites, and to prioritize and provide guidance to the department on these sites in order to address inefficiencies with regard to department actions, costs associated with department actions, and insufficient actions taken by the department.
(B) Based on the documents submitted, information presented, and testimony taken at the hearing, the board may direct the director, through a board action, to resolve outstanding issues relating to site cleanup, require investigation of a site, identify potentially responsible parties, set a timeline for a resolution or investigation, seek corrective action, or any combination of these. The director shall comply with directions received from the board through a board action pursuant to this paragraph.
(d) The department shall provide information and records, and shall testify, concerning the agenda items at a board hearing. The department shall provide any information requested by the board. Any confidential information requested by the board shall be provided by the director to the board in executive session. The department shall be prepared to respond to comments submitted to the board at least 14 days before a board hearing, if requested to do so by the board.

24717.
 The board may adjourn to, or meet solely in, executive session to discuss legal matters, personnel matters, or matters relating to pending enforcement actions. The board may meet with the Attorney General, or her or his designee, the director, and department legal counsel in executive session.

24718.
 In January of each year, the board shall hold an annual public meeting at which the department shall provide status reports on the department’s priorities and work plans for hazardous waste management programs, site remediation programs, and regulation development from the previous year, and shall present on its current and pending work plans and priorities. The board shall set an annual agenda for the department’s priorities and work plans for the current year.

24719.
 (a) The board may review the law on hazardous waste management and site remediation and make recommendations to the Legislature for changes to the law that will enhance management of hazardous waste in California.
(b) The board may create subcommittees of three board members to review and decide matters before the board pertaining to petitions for hearings received by the board. A meeting of a subcommittee of the board shall be held in compliance with, and subject to, the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act (Article 9 (commencing with Section 11120) of Chapter 1 of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code). Two members of the subcommittee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business of the subcommittee.

24720.
 The board, or representatives authorized by the board to do so, may hold, attend, or otherwise participate in conferences or hearings, official or unofficial, within or without this state, with interested persons, agencies, or officers, of this or any other state, or with the Congress of the United States, congressional committees, or officers of the federal government, concerning any matter within the scope of the power and duties of the board.

24721.
 As to any matter involving the United States, or its departments or agencies, that is within the scope of the power and duties of the board, the board may represent the interest of the state or any county, city, state agency, or public district upon their request, and to that end may correspond, confer, and cooperate with the United States, or its departments or agencies, and where necessary the board members or authorized representatives may travel either within or without the state.

24722.
 The board shall maintain its headquarters in Sacramento.

24723.
 The Governor shall designate the chairperson of the board from the membership of the board. The person so designated shall hold the office of chairperson at the pleasure of the Governor. The board shall elect a vice chairperson.

24724.
 The board may direct the director to conduct investigations in the state necessary to carry out the powers vested in the board, and for these purposes has the powers conferred upon heads of departments of the state by Article 2 (commencing with Section 11180) of Chapter 2 of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code.

24725.
 The board shall adopt rules for the conduct of its affairs in conformity, as nearly as practicable, with the provisions of Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code.

24726.
 The board may direct the director to use and direct administrative staff, regulatory staff, legal counsel, and other personnel employed by the department in order to carry out actions taken by the board, consistent with all applicable state human resources laws.

24727.
 (a) The director shall collaborate with the board and shall attempt to agree in writing with the board on the annual agenda pursuant to Section 24718.
(b) The board shall report annually in writing and publicly in a hearing whether the collaboration required pursuant to subdivision (a) has been successful and shall provide an explanation for the reasons the collaboration has or has not been successful.

24728.
 The Attorney General shall represent the board in litigation concerning affairs of the board, unless the Attorney General represents another state agency that is a party to the action. In that case, the Attorney General may represent the board with the written consent of the board and the other state agency, the board may contract for the services of private counsel to represent the board subject to Section 11040 of the Government Code, or the legal counsel of the board may represent the board. Sections 11041, 11042, and 11043 of the Government Code shall not apply to the board.

24729.
 The board may expend moneys appropriated for the administration of this article.

24730.
 The board shall post on the board’s Internet Web site biennial progress reports relating to the activities of the board.

SEC. 3.

 Section 25174.1 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

25174.1.
 (a) Each person who disposes of hazardous waste in this state shall pay a fee for the disposal of hazardous waste to land, based on the type of waste placed in a disposal site, in accordance with this section and Sections 25174.6 and 25205.25.
(b) “Disposal fee” means the fee imposed by this section.
(c) For purposes of this section, “dispose” and “disposal” include “disposal,” as defined in Section 25113, including, but not limited to, “land treatment,” as defined in subdivision (n) of Section 25205.1.
(d) Each operator of an authorized hazardous waste facility, at which hazardous wastes are disposed, shall collect a fee from any person submitting hazardous waste for disposal and shall transmit the fees to the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration for the disposal of those wastes. The operator shall be considered the taxpayer for purposes of Section 43151 of the Revenue and Taxation Code. The facility operator is not required to collect and transmit the fee for a hazardous waste if the operator maintains written evidence that the hazardous waste is eligible for the exemption provided by Section 25174.7 or otherwise exempted from the fees pursuant to this chapter. The written evidence may be provided by the operator or by the person submitting the hazardous waste for disposal, and shall be maintained by the operator at the facility for a minimum of three years from the date that the waste is submitted for disposal. If the operator submits the hazardous waste for disposal, the operator shall pay the same fee as would any other person.
(e) Notwithstanding subdivision (d), the disposal facility shall not be liable for the underpayment of any disposal fees for hazardous waste submitted for disposal by a person other than the operator, if the person submitting the hazardous waste to the disposal facility has done either of the following:
(1) Mischaracterized the hazardous waste.
(2) Misrepresented any exemptions pursuant to Section 25174.7 or any other exemption from the disposal fee provided pursuant to this chapter.
(f) (1) Any additional payment of disposal fees that are due to the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration as a result of a mischaracterization of a hazardous waste, a misrepresentation of an exemption, or any other error, shall be the responsibility of the person making the mischaracterization, misrepresentation, or error.
(2) In the event of a dispute regarding the responsibility for a mischaracterization, misrepresentation, or other error, for which additional payment of disposal fees are due, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration shall assign responsibility for payment of the fee to that person, or those persons, it determines responsible for the mischaracterization, misrepresentation, or other error, provided that the person, or persons, has the right to a public hearing and comment, and the procedural and substantive rights of appeal pursuant to Part 22 (commencing with Section 43001) of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code.
(3) Any generator, transporter, or owner or operator of a disposal facility shall report to the department and the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration any information regarding any such mischaracterization, misrepresentation, or error, which could affect the disposal fee, within 30 days of that information first becoming known to that person.
(g) The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration shall deposit the fees collected pursuant to this section in the Hazardous Waste Control Account, for expenditure by the department, upon appropriation by the Legislature.
(h) The operator of the facility that disposes of the hazardous waste to land shall provide to every person who submits hazardous waste for disposal at the facility a statement showing the amount of hazardous waste fees payable pursuant to this section.
(i) Any person who disposes of hazardous waste at any site that is not an authorized hazardous waste facility shall be responsible for payment of fees pursuant to this section and shall be the taxpayer for purposes of Section 43151 of the Revenue and Taxation Code.
(j) Any administrative savings that are derived by the state as a result of changes made to this section during the 1995–96 Regular Session of the Legislature shall be made available to the department and reflected in the annual Budget Act.

SEC. 4.

 Section 25174.6 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

25174.6.
 (a) The fee provided pursuant to Section 25174.1 shall be determined as a percentage of the base rate, as adjusted by the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, pursuant to Section 25174.2, or as otherwise provided by this section. The procedure for determining these fees is as follows:
(1) The following fees shall be paid for each ton, or fraction thereof for up to the first 5,000 tons of the following hazardous wastes disposed of, or submitted for disposal, in the state at each specific offsite facility by each producer, or at each specific onsite facility, per month, if the hazardous wastes are not otherwise subject to the fee specified in paragraph (3) or (4) and are not otherwise exempt from the fees imposed pursuant to this article:
(A) For non-RCRA hazardous waste, excluding asbestos, generated in a remedial action, a removal action, or a corrective action taken pursuant to this chapter, Chapter 6.7 (commencing with Section 25280), Chapter 6.75 (commencing with Section 25299.10), or Chapter 6.8 (commencing with Section 25300), or generated in any other required or voluntary cleanup, removal, or remediation of a hazardous substance or non-RCRA hazardous waste, a fee of five dollars and seventy-two cents ($5.72) per ton.
(B) For all other non-RCRA hazardous waste, a fee of 16.31 percent of the base rate for each ton.
(2) Thirteen percent of the base rate for each ton, or fraction thereof, shall be paid for up to the first 5,000 tons of hazardous waste disposed of, or submitted for disposal, in the state, at each specific offsite facility by each producer, or at each specific onsite facility, per month, which result from the extraction, beneficiation, and processing of ores and minerals, including phosphate rock and the overburden from the mining of uranium ore and which is not otherwise subject to the fee specified in paragraph (3) or (4).
(3) Two hundred percent of the base rate shall be paid for each ton, or fraction thereof, of extremely hazardous waste disposed of, or submitted for disposal, in the state.
(4) Two hundred percent of the base rate shall be paid for each ton, or fraction thereof, of restricted hazardous wastes listed in subdivision (b) of Section 25122.7 disposed of, or submitted for disposal, in the state.
(5) Forty and four-tenths percent of the base rate shall be paid for each ton, or fraction thereof, of hazardous waste disposed of, or submitted for disposal, in the state, which is not otherwise subject to the fees specified in paragraph (1), (2), (3), (4), or (6).
(6) Five percent of the base rate shall be paid for each ton, or fraction thereof, of hazardous waste disposed of, or submitted for disposal, in the state, that is a solid hazardous waste residue resulting from incineration or dechlorination. No fees shall be imposed pursuant to this paragraph on a solid hazardous waste residue resulting from incineration or dechlorination which is disposed of, or submitted for disposal, outside of the state.
(7) Fifty percent of the fee that would otherwise be paid for each ton, or fraction thereof, of hazardous waste disposed of in the state, that is a solid hazardous waste residue resulting from treatment of a treatable waste by means of a designated treatment technology, as defined in Section 25179.2. No fees shall be imposed pursuant to this paragraph on a solid hazardous waste residue resulting from treatment of a treatable waste by means of a designated treatment technology that is not a hazardous waste or which is disposed of, or submitted for disposal, outside of the state.
(8) This subdivision shall become inoperative on the operative date of a regulation adopted and ratified pursuant to Section 25205.25 setting the amount of the disposal fee imposed pursuant to Section 25174.1.
(b) The amount of fees payable to the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration pursuant to this section shall be calculated using the total wet weight, measured in tons or fractions thereof, of the hazardous waste in the form in which the hazardous waste existed at the time of disposal, submission for disposal, or application to land using a land disposal method, as defined in Section 66260.10 of Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations, if all of the following apply:
(1) The weight of any nonhazardous reagents or treatment additives added to the waste, after it has been submitted for disposal, for purposes of rendering the waste less hazardous, shall not be included in those calculations.
(2) Except as provided by paragraph (7) of subdivision (a), any RCRA hazardous waste received, treated, and disposed at the disposal facility shall be subject to a disposal fee pursuant to this section as if it were a non-RCRA hazardous waste, if the waste, due to treatment, is no longer a RCRA hazardous waste at the time of disposal.
(c) All fees imposed by this section shall be paid in accordance with Part 22 (commencing with Section 43001) of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code.

SEC. 5.

 Section 25187.2 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

25187.2.
 If an order or agreement issued by the department pursuant to Section 25187 to a potentially responsible party requires a person to take corrective action with respect to a release of hazardous waste or hazardous waste constituents into the environment, that person shall pay for the department’s costs incurred in overseeing or carrying out the corrective action, consistent with any applicable regulations adopted and ratified pursuant to Section 25205.25.

SEC. 6.

 Section 25205.1 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

25205.1.
 For purposes of this article, the following definitions apply:
(a) “Board” means the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration.
(b) “Facility” means any units or other structures, and all contiguous land, used for the treatment, storage, disposal, or recycling of hazardous waste, for which a permit or a grant of interim status has been issued by the department for that activity pursuant to Article 9 (commencing with Section 25200).
(c) “Large storage facility,” in those cases in which total storage capacity is provided in a permit, interim status document, or federal Part A application for the facility, means a storage facility with capacity to store 1,000 or more tons of hazardous waste. In those cases in which it is not so provided, “large storage facility” means a storage facility that stores 1,000 or more tons of hazardous waste during any one month of the current reporting period commencing on or after July 1, 1991.
(d) “Large treatment facility,” in those cases in which total treatment capacity is provided in a permit, interim status document, or federal Part A application for the facility, means a treatment facility with capacity to treat, land treat, or recycle 1,000 or more tons of hazardous waste. In those cases in which it is not so provided, “large treatment facility” means a treatment facility that treats, land treats, or recycles 1,000 or more tons of hazardous waste during any one month of the current reporting period commencing on or after July 1, 1991.
(e) “Generator” means a person who generates hazardous waste at an individual site commencing on or after July 1, 1988. A generator includes, but is not limited to, a person who is identified on a manifest as the generator and whose identification number is listed on that manifest, if that identifying information was provided by that person or by an agent or employee of that person.
(f) “Ministorage facility,” in those cases in which total storage capacity is provided in a permit, interim status document, or federal Part A application for the facility, means a storage facility with capacity to store 0.5 tons (1,000 pounds) or less of hazardous waste. In those cases in which it is not so provided, “ministorage facility” means a storage facility that stores 0.5 tons (1,000 pounds) or less of hazardous waste during any one month of the current reporting period commencing on or after July 1, 1991.
(g) “Minitreatment facility,” in those cases in which total treatment capacity is provided in a permit, interim status document, or federal Part A application for the facility, means a treatment facility with capacity to treat, land treat, or recycle 0.5 tons (1,000 pounds) or less of hazardous waste. In those cases in which it is not so provided, “minitreatment facility, means a treatment facility that treats, land treats, or recycles 0.5 tons (1,000 pounds) or less of hazardous waste during any one month of the current reporting period commencing on or after July 1, 1991.
(h) “Site” means the location of an operation that generates hazardous wastes and is noncontiguous to any other location of these operations owned by the generator.
(i) “Small storage facility,” in those cases in which total storage capacity is provided in a permit, interim status document, or federal Part A application for the facility, means a storage facility with capacity to store more than 0.5 tons (1,000 pounds), but less than 1,000 tons of hazardous waste. In those cases in which it is not so provided, “small storage facility” means a storage facility that stores more than 0.5 tons (1,000 pounds), but less than 1,000 tons, of hazardous waste during any one month of the current reporting period commencing on or after July 1, 1991.
(j) “Small treatment facility,” in those cases in which total treatment capacity is provided in a permit, interim status document, or federal Part A application for the facility, means a treatment facility with capacity to treat, land treat, or recycle more than 0.5 tons (1,000 pounds), but less than 1,000 tons of hazardous waste. In those cases in which this is not provided, “small treatment facility” means a treatment facility that treats, land treats, or recycles more than 0.5 tons (1,000 pounds), but less than 1,000 tons, of hazardous waste during any month of the current reporting period commencing on or after July 1, 1991.
(k) “Unit” means a hazardous waste management unit, as defined in regulations adopted by the department. If an area is designated as a hazardous waste management unit in a permit, it shall be conclusively presumed that the area is a “unit.”
(l) “Class 1 modification,” “class 2 modification,” and “class 3 modification” have the meanings provided in regulations adopted by the department.
(m) “Hazardous waste” has the meaning provided in Section 25117. The total tonnage of hazardous waste, unless otherwise provided by law, includes the hazardous substance as well as any soil or other substance that is commingled with the hazardous substance.
(n) “Land treat” means to apply hazardous waste onto or incorporate it into the soil surface for the sole and express purpose of degrading, transforming, or immobilizing the hazardous constituents.
(o) “Treatment,” “storage,” and “disposal” mean only that treatment, storage, or disposal of hazardous waste engaged in at a facility pursuant to a permit or grant of interim status issued by the department pursuant to Article 9 (commencing with Section 25200). Treatment, storage, or disposal that does not require this permit or grant of interim status shall not be considered treatment, storage, or disposal for purposes of this article.
(1) “Disposal” includes only the placement of hazardous waste onto or into the ground for permanent disposition and does not include the placement of hazardous waste in surface impoundments, as defined in regulations adopted by the department, or the placement of hazardous waste onto or into the ground solely for purposes of land treatment.
(2) “Storage” does not include the ongoing presence of hazardous wastes in the ground or in surface impoundments after the facility has permanently discontinued accepting new hazardous wastes for placement into the ground or into surface impoundments.

SEC. 7.

 Section 25205.2 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

25205.2.
 (a) Except as provided in subdivisions (c) and (h), in addition to the fees specified in Section 25174.1, each operator of a facility shall pay a facility fee for each reporting period, or any portion thereof, to the board based on the size and type of the facility, as specified in Sections 25205.4 and 25205.25. On or before January 31 of each calendar year, the department annually shall notify the board of all known facility operators by facility type and size. The department shall also notify the board of any operator who is issued a permit or grant of interim status within 30 days from the date that a permit or grant of interim status is issued to the operator. The fee specified in this section does not apply to facilities exempted pursuant to Section 25205.12.
(b) The board shall deposit all fees collected pursuant to subdivision (a) in the Hazardous Waste Control Account in the General Fund. The fees so deposited may be expended by the department, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for the purposes specified in subdivision (b) of Section 25174.
(c) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), a person who is issued a variance by the department from the requirement of obtaining a hazardous waste facilities permit or grant of interim status is not subject to the fee, for any reporting period following the reporting period in which the variance was granted by the department.
(d) Operators subject to facility fee liability pursuant to this section shall pay the following amounts:
(1) The operator shall pay the applicable facility fee for each reporting period in which the facility actually engaged in the treatment, storage, or disposal of hazardous waste.
(2) The operator shall pay the applicable facility fee for one additional reporting period immediately following the final reporting period in which the facility actually engaged in that treatment or storage. For the 1994 reporting period and thereafter, the facility’s size for that additional reporting period shall be deemed to be the largest size at which the facility has ever been subject to the fee. If the department previously approved a unit or portion of the facility for a variance, closure, or permit-by-rule, the facility’s size for that reporting period shall be deemed to be its largest size since the department granted the approval.
(3) The operator of a disposal facility shall pay twice the applicable facility fee for one additional reporting period immediately following the final reporting period in which the facility actually engaged in disposal of hazardous waste.
(4) For the 1994 reporting period and thereafter, a facility shall not be deemed to have stopped treating, storing, or disposing of hazardous waste unless it has actually ceased that activity and has notified the department of its intent to close.
(5) If the reporting period which immediately followed the final reporting period in which a facility actually engaged in the treatment, storage, or disposal of the hazardous waste was the six-month period from July 1, 1991, through December 31, 1991, the operator shall be subject to twice the fee otherwise applicable to that operator for that reporting period under paragraphs (2) and (3).
(e) No facility shall be subject to a facility fee for treatment, storage, or disposal, if that activity ceased before July 1, 1986, and if the fee for the activity was not paid prior to January 1, 1994.
(f) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, a person who ceased actual treatment, storage, or disposal of hazardous waste, whether generated onsite or received from offsite, before July 1, 1986, and who paid facility fees for any reporting period after that date pursuant to a decision of the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, and who filed a claim for refund of those fees on or before January 1, 1994, shall be entitled to a refund of those amounts.
(g) Facility operators who treated, stored, or disposed of hazardous waste on or after July 1, 1986, shall be subject to the provisions of this section which were in effect prior to January 1, 1994, as to payments which their operators made prior to January 1, 1994. The operators shall be subject to subdivision (d) as to any other liability for the facility fee.
(h) A treatment facility is not subject to the facility fee established pursuant to this section, if the facility engages in treatment exclusively to accomplish a removal or remedial action or a corrective action in accordance with an order issued by the Environmental Protection Agency pursuant to the federal act or in accordance with an order issued by the department pursuant to Section 25187, if the facility was put in operation solely for purposes of complying with that order. The department shall instead assess a fee for that facility for the actual time spent by the department for the inspection and oversight of that facility. The department shall base the fee on the department’s work standards and shall assess the fee on an hourly basis.
(i) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), a facility operating pursuant to a standardized permit or grant of interim status, as specified in Section 25201.6, shall receive a credit for the annual facility fee imposed by this section for a period of time equal to the number of years that the facility lawfully operated prior to September 21, 1993, pursuant to a hazardous waste facilities permit or other grant of authorization and paid facility fees for the operation of the facility pursuant to this section.

SEC. 8.

 Section 25205.4 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

25205.4.
 (a) The base rate for the 1997 reporting period for the facility fee imposed by Section 25205.2 is nineteen thousand seven hundred sixty-one dollars ($19,761). Commencing with the 1998 reporting period, and for each reporting period thereafter, the board shall adjust the base rate annually to reflect increases or decreases in the cost of living during the prior fiscal year, as measured by the Consumer Price Index issued by the Department of Industrial Relations or by a successor agency.
(b) The determination of the facility fee pursuant to this section, including the redetermination of the base rate, is exempt from Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code.
(c) Except as provided in subdivision (e), in computing the facility fees, all of the following shall apply:
(1) The fee to be paid by a ministorage facility shall equal 25 percent of the base facility rate.
(2) The fee to be paid by a small storage facility shall equal the base facility rate.
(3) The fee to be paid by a large storage facility shall equal twice the base facility rate.
(4) The fee to be paid by a minitreatment facility shall equal 50 percent of the base facility rate.
(5) The fee to be paid by a small treatment facility shall equal twice the base facility rate.
(6) The fee to be paid by a large onsite treatment facility shall equal three times the base facility rate.
(7) The fee to be paid by a large offsite treatment facility shall be as follows:
(A) The annual facility fees for 1998, 1999, and 2000 shall equal 2.25 times the base facility rate.
(B) Beginning with the annual facility fee for 2001, the annual facility fee shall equal three times the base facility rate.
(8) The fee to be paid by a disposal facility shall equal 10 times the base facility rate.
(9) (A) The fee to be paid by a facility with a postclosure permit shall be five thousand seven hundred twenty-five dollars ($5,725) annually for a small facility, eleven thousand four hundred fifty dollars ($11,450) annually for a medium facility, and seventeen thousand one hundred seventy-five dollars ($17,175) for a large facility during the first five years of the postclosure period. The fee to be paid by a facility with a postclosure permit during the remaining years of the postclosure care period shall be three thousand fifty dollars ($3,050) annually for a small facility, six thousand one hundred dollars ($6,100) annually for a medium facility, and ten thousand three hundred dollars ($10,300) annually for a large facility.
(B) The fees required by subparagraph (A) shall be reduced by 50 percent for any facility for which an agency, other than the department, is the lead agency pursuant to paragraph (1) of subdivision (b) of Section 25204.6.
(d) If a facility falls into more than one category listed in either subdivision (c) or (e), or any combination thereof, or multiple operations under a single hazardous waste facilities permit or grant of interim status fall into more than one category listed in subdivision (c) or (e), or any combination thereof, the facility operator shall pay only the rate for the facility category which is the highest rate.
(e) Notwithstanding subdivision (c), the facility fee for a facility that has been issued a standardized permit shall be as follows:
(1) The fee to be paid for a facility that has been issued a Series A standardized permit shall be eleven thousand seven hundred thirty dollars ($11,730).
(2) The fee to be paid for a facility that has been issued a Series B standardized permit shall be five thousand four hundred ninety-seven dollars ($5,497).
(3) Except as specified in paragraph (4), the fee to be paid for a facility that has been issued a Series C standardized permit shall be four thousand six hundred seventeen dollars ($4,617).
(4) The fee for a facility that has been issued a Series C standardized permit is two thousand three hundred eight dollars ($2,308) if the facility meets all of the following conditions:
(A) The facility treats not more than 1,500 gallons of liquid hazardous waste and not more than 3,000 pounds of solid hazardous waste in any calendar month.
(B) The total facility storage capacity does not exceed 15,000 gallons of liquid hazardous waste and 30,000 pounds of solid hazardous waste.
(C) If the facility both treats and stores hazardous waste, the facility does not exceed the volume limitations specified in subparagraphs (A) and (B) for each individual activity.
(f) The fee imposed pursuant to this section shall be paid in accordance with Part 22 (commencing with Section 43001) of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code.
(g) Subdivisions (a) to (e), inclusive, shall become inoperative on the operative date of a regulation adopted and ratified pursuant to Section 25205.25 setting the amounts of facility fees imposed pursuant to Section 25205.2.

SEC. 9.

 Section 25205.5 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

25205.5.
 (a) In addition to the fee imposed pursuant to Section 25174.1, every generator of hazardous waste, in the amounts specified in subdivision (c), or in the amounts specified pursuant to a regulation adopted and ratified pursuant to Section 25205.25, shall pay the board a generator fee for each generator site for each calendar year, or portion thereof, unless the generator has paid a facility fee or received a credit, as specified in Section 25205.2, for each specific site, for the calendar year for which the generator fee is due.
(b) The base fee rate for the fee imposed pursuant to subdivision (a) is two thousand seven hundred forty-eight dollars ($2,748).
(c) (1) Each generator who generates an amount equal to, or more than, five tons, but less than 25 tons, of hazardous waste during the prior calendar year shall pay 5 percent of the base rate.
(2) Each generator who generates an amount equal to, or more than, 25 tons, but less than 50 tons, of hazardous waste during the prior calendar year shall pay 40 percent of the base rate.
(3) Each generator who generates an amount equal to, or more than, 50 tons, but less than 250 tons, of hazardous waste during the prior calendar year shall pay the base rate.
(4) Each generator who generates an amount equal to, or more than, 250 tons, but less than 500 tons, of hazardous waste during the prior calendar year shall pay five times the base rate.
(5) Each generator who generates an amount equal to, or more than, 500 tons, but less than 1,000 tons, of hazardous waste during the prior calendar year shall pay 10 times the base rate.
(6) Each generator who generates an amount equal to, or more than, 1,000 tons, but less than 2,000 tons, of hazardous waste during the prior calendar year shall pay 15 times the base rate.
(7) Each generator who generates an amount equal to, or more than, 2,000 tons of hazardous waste during the prior calendar year shall pay 20 times the base rate.
(d) The base rate established pursuant to subdivision (b) was the base rate for the 1997 calendar year and the board shall adjust the base rate annually to reflect increases or decreases in the cost of living, during the prior fiscal year, as measured by the Consumer Price Index issued by the Department of Industrial Relations or by a successor agency.
(e) The establishment of the annual operating fee pursuant to this section is exempt from Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code.
(f) The following materials are not hazardous wastes for purposes of this section:
(1) Hazardous materials which are recycled, and used onsite, and are not transferred offsite.
(2) Aqueous waste treated in a treatment unit operating, or which subsequently operates, pursuant to a permit-by-rule, or pursuant to Section 25200.3 or 25201.5. However, hazardous waste generated by a treatment unit treating waste pursuant to a permit-by-rule, by a unit which subsequently obtains a permit-by-rule, or other authorization pursuant to Section 25200.3 or 25201.5 is hazardous waste for purposes of this section.
(g) The fee imposed pursuant to this section shall be paid in accordance with Part 22 (commencing with Section 43001) of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code.
(h) (1) A generator who pays a hazardous waste generator inspection fee to a certified unified program agency, which is imposed as part of a single fee system and fee accountability program that are both in compliance with the requirements of Section 25404.5, shall be eligible for a refund of all, or part of, the generator fee paid pursuant to subdivision (a) if both of the following conditions apply:
(A) The generator received a credit pursuant to Section 43152.7 or 43152.11 of the Revenue and Taxation Code for fees paid for hazardous waste generated in 1996.
(B) The department certifies, pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 25205.9, that funds are available to pay all or part of the refund.
(2) A generator who is eligible for a refund pursuant to paragraph (1) shall submit an application for that refund to the board by September 30 following the fiscal year during which the generator paid the generator fee pursuant to subdivision (a). An application for a refund postmarked after September 30 is void, shall not be processed by the board, and shall be returned to the applicant.
(i) (1) A generator who transfers hazardous materials to an offsite facility for recycling at that offsite facility or another offsite facility shall be eligible for a refund of all, or part of, the generator fee paid pursuant to subdivision (a) if all of the following conditions apply:
(A) The offsite facility to which the hazardous materials are manifested pays a facility fee pursuant to Section 25205.2.
(B) The amount of hazardous materials transferred to the offsite facility and recycled there, when deducted from the total tonnage of hazardous waste generated at the generator’s site, results in the generator becoming eligible for a generator fee that is lower than the fee paid pursuant to subdivision (a).
(C) The hazardous materials transferred to the offsite facility are not burned in a boiler, industrial furnace, or an incinerator, as those terms are defined in Section 260.10 of Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations, used in a manner constituting disposal, or used to produce products that are applied to land.
(D) The department certifies, pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 25205.9, that funds are available to pay all or part of the refund.
(2) A generator who is eligible for a refund pursuant to paragraph (1) shall submit an application for that refund to the board by September 30 following the fiscal year during which the generator paid the generator fee pursuant to subdivision (a). An application for a refund postmarked after September 30 is void, shall not be processed by the board, and shall be returned to the applicant.
(j) (1) The amendment of this section made by Chapter 1125 of the Statutes of 1991 does not constitute a change in, but is declaratory of, existing law.
(2) The amendment of subdivision (a) of this section made by Chapter 259 of the Statutes of 1996 does not constitute a change in, but is declaratory of, existing law.
(k) Subdivisions (b) to (d), inclusive, shall become inoperative on the operative date of a regulation adopted and ratified pursuant to Section 25205.25 setting the amount of the generator fee imposed pursuant to this section.

SEC. 10.

 Section 25205.7 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

25205.7.
 (a) (1) A person who applies for, or requests, any of the following shall enter into a written agreement with the department pursuant to which that person shall reimburse the department, pursuant to Article 9.2 (commencing with Section 25206.1), and subject to any regulation adopted and ratified by the California Toxic Substances Board pursuant to Section 25205.25, for the costs incurred by the department in processing the application or responding to the request:
(A) A new hazardous waste facilities permit, including a standardized permit.
(B) A hazardous waste facilities permit for postclosure.
(C) A renewal of an existing hazardous waste facilities permit, including a standardized permit or postclosure permit.
(D) A class 2 or class 3 modification of an existing hazardous waste facilities permit or grant of interim status, including a standardized permit or grant of interim status or a postclosure permit.
(E) A variance.
(F) A waste classification determination.
(2) An agreement required pursuant to paragraph (1) shall provide for at least 25 percent of the reimbursement to be made in advance of the processing of the application or the response to the request. The 25-percent advance payment shall be based upon the department’s total estimated costs of processing the application or response to the request.
(3) An agreement entered into pursuant to this section shall, if applicable, include costs of reviewing and overseeing corrective action as set forth in subdivision (b).
(b) An applicant pursuant to paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) and the owner and the operator of the facility shall pay the department’s costs in reviewing and overseeing any corrective action program described in the application for a standardized permit pursuant to subparagraph (C) of paragraph (2) of subdivision (c) of Section 25201.6 or required pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 25200.10, and in reviewing and overseeing any corrective action work undertaken at the facility pursuant to that corrective action program.
(c) (1) An applicant pursuant to paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) and the owner and the operator of the facility shall, pursuant to Section 21089 of the Public Resources Code, pay all costs incurred by the department for purposes of complying with the California Environmental Quality Act (Division 13 (commencing with Section 21000) of the Public Resources Code), in conjunction with an application or request for any of the activities identified in subdivision (a), including any activities associated with correction action.
(2) Paragraph (1) does not apply to projects that are exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (Division 13 (commencing with Section 21000) of the Public Resources Code).
(d) Any reimbursements received pursuant to this section shall be placed in the Hazardous Waste Control Account for appropriation in accordance with Section 25174.
(e) Subdivision (a) does not apply to any variance granted pursuant to Article 4 (commencing with Section 66263.40) of Chapter 13 of Division 4.5 of Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations.
(f) Subdivision (a) does not apply to any of the following:
(1) Any variance issued to a public agency to transport wastes for purposes of operating a household hazardous waste collection facility, or to transport waste from a household hazardous waste collection facility, which receives household hazardous waste or hazardous waste from conditionally exempted small quantity generators pursuant to Article 10.8 (commencing with Section 25218).
(2) A permanent household hazardous waste collection facility.
(3) Any variance issued to a public agency to conduct a collection program for agricultural wastes.
(g) Fees imposed pursuant to this section shall be administered and collected by the department.
(h) (1) The changes made in this section by the act that added this subdivision apply to applications and requests submitted to the department on and after April 1, 2016.
(2) If, on and after April 1, 2016, an applicant has submitted an application and paid a fee pursuant to subdivision (d), as that subdivision read on April 1, 2016, but before the act that added this subdivision took effect, the department shall determine the difference between the amount paid by the applicant and the amount due pursuant to subdivision (a), and that applicant shall be liable for that amount.
(3) Acknowledging a limited period of retroactive application of the elimination of the flat fee option pursuant to this subdivision, the Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(A) The department expends a substantial amount of time and resources in processing permit applications and modifications.
(B) The former flat fee option paid by applicants was most often insufficient to cover actual costs to the department in reviewing and processing the applications and modifications.
(C) The applicant, being the primary beneficiary of the permit process, in fairness should pay the actual costs of the department in reviewing permit applications and modifications.
(D) The amendment to this section during the 2015–16 Regular Session eliminating the flat fee option and requiring applicants to enter into a written reimbursement agreement with the department is intended to apply to applications and modification requests filed on or after April 1, 2016, in order to remedy this financial inequity and to avoid an influx of the submission of applications to the department before amendment to this section goes into effect.
(4) Acknowledging a limited period of retroactive application of the elimination of the flat fee option pursuant to this subdivision, the Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(A) The department expends a substantial amount of time and resources in processing permit applications and modifications.
(B) The former flat fee option paid by applicants was most often insufficient to cover actual costs to the department in reviewing and processing the applications and modifications.
(C) The applicant, being the primary beneficiary of the permit process, in fairness should pay the actual costs of the department in reviewing permit applications and modifications.
(D) The amendment to this section during the 2015–16 Regular Session eliminating the flat fee option and requiring applicants to enter into a written reimbursement agreement with the department is intended to apply to applications and modification requests filed on or after April 1, 2016, in order to remedy this financial inequity and to avoid an influx of the submission of applications to the department before amendment to this section goes into effect.

SEC. 11.

 Section 25205.14 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

25205.14.
 (a) (1) Except as provided in Section 25404.5, the owner or operator of a facility or transportable treatment unit operating pursuant to a permit-by-rule shall pay a fee to the board per facility or transportable treatment unit for each reporting period, or portion thereof.
(2) (A) The fee for the 1997 reporting period shall be nine hundred fifty-eight dollars ($958). Until July 1, 1998, the owner or operator of a facility or transportable treatment unit operating pursuant to a permit-by-rule shall also pay a fee in the amount of 50 percent of the fee specified in this subdivision for each modification of the notification required by Sections 67450.2 and 67450.3 of Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations, as those sections read on January 1, 1995, or as those sections may subsequently be amended. Thereafter, the fee shall be adjusted annually by the board to reflect increases and decreases in the cost of living, as measured by the Consumer Price Index issued by the Department of Industrial Relations or a successor agency.
(B) This paragraph shall become inoperative on the operative date of a regulation adopted and ratified pursuant to Section 25205.25 setting the amount of the fee imposed pursuant to this subdivision.
(3) The reporting period shall begin January 1 of each calendar year. On or before January 31 of each calendar year, the department shall notify the board of all known owners or operators operating pursuant to a permit-by-rule who are not exempted from this fee pursuant to Section 25404.5. The department shall also notify the board of any owner or operator authorized to operate pursuant to a permit-by-rule, who is not exempted from this fee pursuant to Section 25404.5, within 60 days after the owner or operator is authorized.
(b) (1) Except as provided in Section 25404.5, a generator operating under a grant of conditional authorization pursuant to Section 25200.3 shall pay a fee to the board per facility for each reporting period, or portion thereof, unless the generator is subject to a fee under a permit-by-rule.
(2) (A) The fee for the 1997 reporting period shall be nine hundred fifty-eight dollars ($958). Thereafter, the fee shall be adjusted annually by the board to reflect increases and decreases in the cost of living, during the prior fiscal year, as measured by the Consumer Price Index issued by the Department of Industrial Relations or a successor agency.
(B) This paragraph shall become inoperative on the operative date of a regulation adopted and ratified pursuant to Section 25205.25 setting the amount of the fee imposed pursuant to this subdivision.
(3) The reporting period shall begin January 1 of each calendar year. On or before January 31 of each calendar year, the department shall notify the board of all known generators operating pursuant to a grant of conditional authorization under Section 25200.3 who are not exempted from this fee pursuant to Section 25404.5. The department shall also notify the board of any generator authorized to operate under a grant of conditional authorization, who is not exempted from this fee pursuant to Section 25404.5, within 60 days of the receipt of notification.
(c) (1) Except as provided in Section 25404.5, a generator performing treatment conditionally exempted pursuant to Section 25144.6 or subdivision (a) or (c) of Section 25201.5 shall pay a fee pursuant to this subdivision to the board per facility for each reporting period.
(2) (A) The fee shall be thirty-eight dollars ($38), unless that generator is subject to a fee under a permit-by-rule or a conditional authorization pursuant to Section 25200.3. Until July 1, 1998, a generator performing treatment conditionally exempted pursuant to Section 25144.6 or subdivision (a) or (c) of Section 25201.5 shall pay one hundred dollars ($100) to the board per facility for the initial operating period, or portion thereof, unless that generator is subject to a fee under a permit-by-rule or a conditional authorization pursuant to Section 25200.3.
(B) This paragraph shall become inoperative on the operative date of a regulation adopted and ratified pursuant to Section 25205.25 setting the amount of the fee imposed pursuant to this subdivision.
(3) The reporting period shall begin January 1 of each calendar year. On or before January 31 of each calendar year, the department shall notify the board of all known facilities performing treatment conditionally exempted by Section 25144.6 or subdivision (a) or (c) of Section 25201.5 who are not exempted from this fee pursuant to Section 25404.5. The department shall also notify the board of any generator who notifies the department that the generator is conducting a conditionally exempt treatment operation, and who is not exempted from this fee pursuant to Section 25404.5, within 60 days of the receipt of the notification.
(d) The fees imposed pursuant to this section shall be paid in accordance with Part 22 (commencing with Section 43001) of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code.
(e) Notwithstanding subparagraph (A) of paragraph (2) of subdivision (a), subparagraph (A) of paragraph (2) of subdivision (b), and subparagraph (A) of paragraph (2) of subdivision (c), fee amounts for fees imposed pursuant to this section shall be determined pursuant to regulations adopted and ratified pursuant to Section 25205.25, upon the enactment of those regulations.

SEC. 12.

 Section 25205.15 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

25205.15.
 (a) Except for the first four manifests used in a calendar year by a business with less than 100 employees, and except as provided in paragraph (2), in addition to any fees to cover printing and distribution costs, the department shall impose a manifest fee of seven dollars and fifty cents ($7.50), or in the amount set pursuant to a regulation adopted and ratified pursuant to Section 25205.5, for each California Hazardous Waste Manifest form or electronic equivalent used after June 30, 1998, by any person, in the following manner:
(1) The department shall bill generators for each California Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest form, manifest number, or electronic equivalent used after June 30, 1998. The billing frequency specified by the department may range from monthly to annually, with the payment by the generator required within 30 days from the date of receipt of the billing, and shall be determined based on consultation with the regulated community. In preparing the bills, the department shall distinguish between manifests used solely for recycled hazardous wastes and those used for nonrecycled hazardous wastes. In determining the billing frequency, the department may take into account each person’s volume of manifest usage.
(2) (A) The manifest fee shall not be collected on the use of California Hazardous Waste Recycling Manifests that are used solely for hazardous wastes that are recycled.
(B) The manifest fee for each California Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest form used solely for hazardous waste derived from air compliance solvents, shall be three dollars and fifty cents ($3.50), or in the amount set pursuant to a regulation adopted and ratified pursuant to Section 25205.5. This is in addition to any fees charged to cover printing and distribution costs.
(3) The department shall implement a system for the use of manifests that distinguishes among recycling manifests used solely for hazardous wastes that are to be recycled, manifests used solely to transport hazardous waste derived from air compliance solvents, and general manifests that may be used for transporting waste for any purpose.
(4) (A) If a person erroneously reports on a California Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest that the manifest is being used for the transport of hazardous wastes that are being shipped for recycling or for the transport of hazardous wastes derived from air compliance solvents rather than the transport of other types of hazardous waste, the person shall pay the seven-dollar-and-fifty-cent ($7.50) manifest fee, or the applicable amount set pursuant to a regulation adopted and ratified pursuant to Section 25205.25, and an additional error correction fee of twenty dollars ($20) per manifest, as required pursuant to Section 25160.5.
(B) Notwithstanding subparagraph (A) the department shall provide the manifest user with a reasonable opportunity to notify the department of any incorrect use of the recycling manifest, as described in subparagraph (A), and to provide the department with the appropriate manifest fee payment without additional fines, penalties, or payment of the error correction fee.
(5) The department may adopt regulations to implement and administer the manifest fee system imposed pursuant to this subdivision.
(b) For purposes of subdivision (a), a California Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest means either of the following:
(1) A manifest document printed and supplied by the state for a shipment initiated on and before September 4, 2006.
(2) The Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest printed by a source registered with the United States Environmental Protection Agency for a shipment initiated on and after September 5, 2006, if the manifest originates from a generator located in California, is received by the designated facility located in California where the manifest is signed and terminated, or is imported or exported through a point of entry or exit in California.
(c) On and after July 1, 1999, commencing with 1999–2000 fiscal year and annually thereafter, the department shall expend, upon appropriation by the Legislature in the annual Budget Act, not less than one million fifty thousand dollars ($1,050,000) from the manifest fees, deposited in the Hazardous Waste Control Account, to establish a program to encourage hazardous waste generators to implement pollution prevention measures. The program shall be administered pursuant to administrative and expenditure criteria to be established by the Legislature.
(d) The manifest fees shall be deposited in the Hazardous Waste Control Account and be available for expenditure, upon appropriation by the Legislature.
(e) For purposes of this section, “air compliance solvent” means a solvent, including aqueous solutions, that are required or approved for use by regulations adopted by the State Air Resources Board, an air pollution control district, or an air quality management district, to meet air emission standards adopted by that board or district and, pursuant to those regulations, is required to be used instead of another solvent that was used and recycled prior to the adoption of those regulations.

SEC. 12.5.

 Section 25205.15 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

25205.15.
 (a) Except for the first four manifests used in a calendar year by a business with less than 100 employees, and except as provided in paragraph (2), in addition to any fees to cover printing and distribution costs, the department shall impose a manifest fee of seven dollars and fifty cents ($7.50) ($7.50), or the amount set pursuant to a regulation adopted and ratified pursuant to Section 25205.5, for each California Hazardous Waste Manifest form or electronic equivalent used after June 30, 1998, shipment of hazardous waste that is conducted under a hazardous waste manifest, including under the United States Environmental Protection Agency electronic manifest (e-Manifest) system, by any person, in the following manner:
(1) The department shall bill generators for each California Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest form, manifest number, or electronic equivalent used after June 30, 1998. manifested shipment. The billing frequency specified by the department may range from monthly to annually, with the payment by the generator required within 30 days from the date of receipt of the billing, and shall be determined based on consultation with the regulated community. In preparing the bills, the department shall distinguish between manifests used manifested shipments of solely for recycled hazardous wastes and those used for manifested shipments of nonrecycled hazardous wastes. In determining the billing frequency, the department may take into account each person’s volume of manifest usage. the number of manifested shipments initiated by each person.
(2) (A) The manifest fee shall not be collected on the use of California Hazardous Waste Recycling Manifests that are used for manifested shipments of solely for hazardous wastes that are recycled.
(B) The manifest fee for each California Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest form used manifested shipment of solely for hazardous waste derived from air compliance solvents, shall be three dollars and fifty cents ($3.50) This is in addition to any fees charged to cover printing and distribution costs. ($3.50), or in the amount set pursuant to a regulation adopted and ratified pursuant to Section 25205.5.
(3) The department shall implement a system for the use of manifests manifested shipments that distinguishes among recycling manifests used solely for hazardous wastes that are to be recycled, manifests used solely to transport hazardous waste derived from air compliance solvents, and general manifests that may be used for transporting waste for any purpose.
(4) (A) If a person erroneously reports on a California Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest report that the a manifest is being used for the transport of hazardous wastes that are being shipped for recycling or for the transport of hazardous wastes derived from air compliance solvents rather than the transport of other types of hazardous waste, the person shall pay the seven dollars and fifty cents seven-dollar-and-fifty-cent ($7.50) manifest fee fee, or the applicable amount set pursuant to a regulation adopted and ratified pursuant to Section 25205.25, and an additional error correction fee of twenty dollars ($20) per manifest, as required pursuant to Section 25160.5.
(B) Notwithstanding subparagraph (A) the department shall provide the manifest user with a reasonable opportunity to notify the department of any incorrect use of the recycling manifest, as described in subparagraph (A), and to provide the department with the appropriate manifest fee payment without additional fines, penalties, or payment of the error correction fee.
(5) The department may adopt regulations to implement and administer the manifest fee system imposed pursuant to this subdivision.
(b) For purposes of subdivision (a), a California Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest “manifest” means either of the following:

(1)A manifest document printed and supplied by the state for a shipment initiated on and before September 4, 2006.

(2)

(1) The Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest printed by a source registered with the United States Environmental Protection Agency for a shipment initiated on and after September 5, 2006, if the manifest originates from a generator located in California, is received by the designated facility located in California where the manifest is signed and terminated, or is imported or exported through a point of entry or exit in California.

(c)On and after July 1, 1999, commencing with 1999–2000 fiscal year and annually thereafter, the department shall expend, upon appropriation by the Legislature in the annual Budget Act, not less than one million fifty thousand dollars ($1,050,000) from the manifest fees, deposited in the Hazardous Waste Control Account, to establish a program to encourage hazardous waste generators to implement pollution prevention measures. The program shall be administered pursuant to administrative and expenditure criteria to be established by the Legislature.

(2) An electronic manifest, which is the electronic format of a hazardous waste manifest, that is obtained from the United States Environmental Protection Agency electronic manifest (e-Manifest) system and transmitted electronically to the system, and that is the legal equivalent of United States Environmental Protection Agency Forms 8700-22 (Manifest) and 8700-22A (Manifest Continuation Sheet), and that has been deemed appropriate by the Legislature and the Governor through enacted future legislation.

(d)

(c) The manifest fees collected pursuant to this section shall be deposited in the Hazardous Waste Control Account and be available for expenditure, upon appropriation by the Legislature.

(e)

(d) For purposes of this section, “air compliance solvent” means a solvent, including aqueous solutions, that are required or approved for use by regulations adopted by the State Air Resources Board, an air pollution control district, or an air quality management district, to meet air emission standards adopted by that board or district and, pursuant to those regulations, is required to be used instead of another solvent that was used and recycled prior to the adoption of those regulations.

SEC. 13.

 Section 25205.16 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

25205.16.
 (a) (1) The department may impose an annual verification fee upon all generators, transporters, and facility operators with 50 or more employees that possess a valid identification number issued either by the department or by the Environmental Protection Agency.
(2) (A) The fee charged shall be one hundred fifty dollars ($150) for each generator, transporter, and facility operator with 50 or more employees, but less than 75 employees; one hundred seventy-five dollars ($175) for each generator, transporter, and facility operator with 75 or more employees, but less than 100 employees; two hundred dollars ($200) for each generator, transporter, and facility operator with 100 or more employees, but less than 250 employees; two hundred twenty-five dollars ($225) for each generator, transporter, and facility operator with 250 or more employees, but less than 500 employees; two hundred fifty dollars ($250) for each generator, transporter, and facility operator with 500 or more employees. However, no generator, transporter, or facility operator shall be assessed fees pursuant to this section that exceed, in total, five thousand dollars ($5,000).
(B) This paragraph shall become inoperative on the operative date of a regulation adopted and ratified pursuant to Section 25205.25 setting the amount of the fee imposed pursuant to this subdivision.
(3) The generator, transporter, or facility operator subject to the fee shall submit payment of the fee within 30 days from the date of receiving a notice of assessment from the department. The notice shall be sent once during each fiscal year to each holder of a valid identification number. The fee imposed by this section shall be deposited in the Hazardous Waste Control Account and be available for expenditure, upon appropriation by the Legislature. For purposes of this section, “employee” shall have the same meaning set forth in Section 25205.6.
(4) Notwithstanding subparagraph (A) of paragraph (2), the fee amounts for fees imposed pursuant to this subdivision shall be determined pursuant to regulations adopted and ratified pursuant to Section 25205.25, upon the enactment of those regulations.
(b) The department shall establish an identification number certification system to biennially verify the accuracy of information related to generators, transporters, and facilities authorized to treat, store, or dispose of hazardous waste. However, if the number of identification numbers issued since the previous certification exceeds 20 percent of the active identification numbers, the department may implement an annual certification. Each entity issued an identification number shall provide or verify the information specified in paragraphs (1) to (9), inclusive, when requested by the department. The system shall include the provision or verification of all of the following information:
(1) The name, mailing address, facsimile number, fictitious business name, federal employer number, California Department of Tax and Fee Administration identification number, SIC code, electronic mail address, if available, and telephone number of the firm or organization engaged in hazardous waste activities.
(2) The name, mailing address, facsimile number, and telephone number of the owner of the firm or organization.
(3) The name, title, mailing address, facsimile number, and telephone number of a contact person for the firm or organization.
(4) The identification number assigned to the firm or organization.
(5) The site location address or description associated with the firm or organization’s identification number provided in paragraph (4).
(6) The number of employees of the firm or organization.
(7) If the firm or organization is a generator, a statement of whether the generator produces RCRA hazardous waste or non-RCRA hazardous waste.
(8) An identification of any of the following hazardous waste activities in which the firm or organization is engaged:
(A) Generation.
(B) Transportation.
(C) Onsite treatment, storage, or disposal.
(9) The waste codes associated with the four largest hazardous waste streams, by volume, of the firm or organization. The federal waste code shall be verified for RCRA hazardous waste and the California waste code shall be verified for non-RCRA hazardous waste.
(c) Any generator, transporter, and facility operator who fails to comply with this section, or who fails to provide information required by the department to verify the accuracy of hazardous waste activity data, shall be subject to suspension of any and all identification numbers assigned to the generator, transporter, or facility operator and to any other authorized enforcement action.

SEC. 14.

 Section 25205.25 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

25205.25.
 (a) No later than January 1, 2019, the department shall adopt, and the California Toxic Substances Board shall ratify, regulations updating the fees collected pursuant to Sections 25174.1, 25205.2, 25205.5, 25205.14, 25205.15, and 25205.16, and pursuant to Section 25187.2 to the extent that those fees are for the oversight of corrective action taken under this chapter, as necessary to further the purposes for which the fees are collected and establishing a fee schedule that is set at a rate sufficient to reimburse the department’s costs to implement this chapter. The department may update the fee schedule periodically as necessary and shall update the fee amounts pursuant to this section to cover the reasonable and necessary costs of the department to implement this chapter. The regulations may provide for the consolidation of existing fees to facilitate administrative efficiencies. The regulations shall include a provision authorizing a hazardous waste facility to petition the California Toxic Substances Board to review and establish a cap on the fees collected pursuant to Section 25205.7 that provides for an adequate, fair, and clear maximum amount that a hazardous waste facility can be charged for a permit pursuant to Section 25205.7.
(b)  A regulation adopted pursuant to this section may be adopted as an emergency regulation in accordance with Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, and for the purposes of that chapter, including Section 11349.6 of the Government Code, the adoption of these regulations is an emergency and shall be considered by the Office of Administrative Law as necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, safety, and general welfare. Notwithstanding Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, an emergency regulation adopted by the department pursuant to this section shall be filed with, but not be repealed by, the Office of Administrative Law and shall remain in effect for a period of two years or until revised by the department, whichever occurs sooner.

SEC. 15.

 Section 25404.5 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

25404.5.
 (a) (1) Each certified unified program agency shall institute a single fee system, which shall replace the fees levied pursuant to Sections 25201.14 and 25205.14, except as provided in paragraph (5), and except for transportable treatment units permitted under Section 25200.2, and which shall also replace any fees levied by a local agency pursuant to Sections 25143.10, 25287, 25513, and 25535.5, or any other fee levied by a local agency specifically to fund the implementation of the provisions specified in subdivision (c) of Section 25404. The single fee system shall additionally include the fee established pursuant to Section 25270.6. Notwithstanding Sections 25143.10, 25201.14, 25287, 25513, and 25535.5, a person who complies with the certified unified program agency’s “single fee system” fee shall not be required to pay any fee levied pursuant to those sections, except for transportable treatment units permitted under Section 25200.2.
(2) (A) The governing body of the local certified unified program agency shall establish the amount to be paid by each person regulated by the unified program under the single fee system at a level sufficient to pay the necessary and reasonable costs incurred by the certified unified program agency and by any participating agency pursuant to the requirements of subparagraph (E) of paragraph (1) of subdivision (d) of Section 25404.3.
(B) The secretary shall establish the amount to be paid when the unified program agency is a state agency.
(3) The fee system may also be designed to recover the necessary and reasonable costs incurred by the certified unified program agency, or a participating agency pursuant to the requirements of subparagraph (E) of paragraph (1) of subdivision (d) of Section 25404.3, in administering provisions other than those specified in subdivision (c) of Section 25404, if the implementation and enforcement of those provisions has been incorporated as part of the unified program by the certified unified program agency pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 25404.2, and if the single fee system replaces any fees levied as of January 1, 1994, to fund the implementation of those additional provisions.
(4) The amount to be paid by a person regulated by the unified program may be adjusted to account for the differing costs of administering the unified program with respect to that person’s regulated activities.
(5) A regulation adopted and ratified pursuant to Section 25205.25 setting the fee specified in Section 25205.14 shall supersede any fees instituted by a certified unified program agency pursuant to paragraph (1) that replaced the fees levied pursuant to Section 25205.14.
(b) (1) Except as provided in subdivision (d), the single fee system instituted by each certified unified program agency shall include an assessment on each person regulated by the unified program of a surcharge, the amount of which shall be determined by the secretary annually, to cover the necessary and reasonable costs of the state agencies in carrying out their responsibilities under this chapter. The secretary may adjust the amount of the surcharge to be collected by different certified unified program agencies to reflect the different costs incurred by the state agencies in supervising the implementation of the unified program in different jurisdictions, and in supervising the implementation of the unified program in those jurisdictions for which the secretary has waived the assessment of the surcharge pursuant to subdivision (d). The certified unified program agency may itemize the amount of the surcharge on any bill, invoice, or return that the agency sends to a person regulated by the unified program. Each certified unified program agency shall transmit all surcharge revenues collected to the secretary on a quarterly basis. The surcharge shall be deposited in the Unified Program Account, which is hereby created in the General Fund and which may be expended, upon appropriation by the Legislature, by state agencies for the purposes of implementing this chapter.
(2) On or before January 10, 2001, the secretary shall report to the Legislature on whether the number of persons subject to regulation by the unified program in any county is insufficient to support the reasonable and necessary cost of operating the unified program using only the revenues from the fee. The secretary’s report shall consider whether the surcharge required by subdivision (a) should include an assessment to be used to supplement the funding of unified program agencies that have a limited number of entities regulated under the unified program.
(c) Each certified unified program agency and the secretary shall, before the institution of the single fee system and the assessment of the surcharge, implement a fee accountability program designed to encourage more efficient and cost-effective operation of the program for which the single fee and surcharge are assessed. The fee accountability programs shall include those elements of the requirements of the plan adopted pursuant to former Section 25206, as it read on January 1, 1995, that the secretary determines are appropriate.
(d) The secretary may waive the requirement for a county to assess a surcharge pursuant to subdivision (b), if both of the following conditions apply:
(1) The county meets all of the following conditions:
(A) The county submits an application to the secretary for certification on or before January 1, 1996, that incorporates all of the requirements of this chapter, and includes the county’s request for a waiver of the surcharge, and contains documentation that demonstrates, to the satisfaction of the secretary, both of the following:
(i) That the assessment of the surcharge will impose a significant economic burden on most businesses within the county.
(ii) That the combined dollar amount of the surcharge and the single fee system to be assessed by the county pursuant to subdivision (a) exceeds the combined dollar amount of all existing fees that are replaced by the single fee system for most businesses within the county.
(B) The application for certification, including the information required by subparagraph (A), is determined by the secretary to be complete, on or before April 30, 1996. The secretary, for good cause, may grant an extension of that deadline of up to 90 days.
(C) The county is certified by the secretary on or before December 31, 1996.
(D) On or before January 1, 1994, the county completed the consolidation of the administration of the hazardous waste generator program, the hazardous materials release response plans and inventories program, and the underground storage tank program, referenced in paragraphs (1), (3), and (4) of subdivision (c) of Section 25404, into a single program within the county’s jurisdiction.
(E) The county demonstrates that it will consolidate the administration of all programs specified in subdivision (c) of Section 25404, and that it will also consolidate the administration of at least one additional program that regulates hazardous waste, hazardous substances, or hazardous materials, as specified in subdivision (d) of Section 25404.2, other than the programs specified in subdivision (c) of Section 25404, into a single program to be administered by a single agency in the county’s jurisdiction at the time that the county’s certification by the secretary becomes effective.
(2) The secretary makes all of the following findings:
(A) The county meets all of the criteria specified in paragraph (1).
(B) The assessment of the surcharge would impose a significant economic burden on most businesses within the county.
(C) The combined dollar amount of the surcharge and the single fee system to be assessed by the county pursuant to subdivision (a) would exceed the combined dollar amount of all existing fees that are replaced by the single fee system for most businesses within the county.
(D) The waiver of the surcharge for those counties applying for and qualifying for a waiver, and the resulting increase in the surcharge for other counties, would not, when considered cumulatively, impose a significant economic burden on businesses in any other county that does not apply for, or does not meet the criteria for, a waiver of the surcharge.
(e) The secretary shall review all of the requests for a waiver of the surcharge made pursuant to subdivision (d) simultaneously, so as to adequately assess the cumulative impact of granting the requested waivers on businesses in those counties that have not applied, or do not qualify, for a waiver, and shall grant or deny all requests for a waiver of the surcharge within 30 days from the date that the secretary certifies all counties applying, and qualifying, for a waiver. If the secretary finds that the grant of a waiver of the surcharge for all counties applying and qualifying for the waiver will impose a significant economic burden on businesses in one or more other counties, the secretary shall take either of the following actions:
(1) Deny all of the applications for a waiver of the surcharge.
(2) Approve only a portion of the waiver requests for counties meeting the criteria set forth in subdivision (d), to the extent that the approved waivers, when taken as a whole, meet the condition specified in subparagraph (D) of paragraph (2) of subdivision (d). In determining which of the counties’ waiver requests to grant, the secretary shall consider all of the following factors:
(A) The relative degree to which the assessment of the surcharge will impose a significant economic burden on most businesses within each county applying and qualifying for a waiver.
(B) The relative degree to which the combined dollar amount of the surcharge and the single fee system to be assessed, pursuant to subdivision (a), by each county applying and qualifying for a waiver exceeds the combined dollar amount of all existing fees that are replaced by the single fee system for most businesses within the county.
(C) The relative extent to which each county applying and qualifying for a waiver has incorporated, or will incorporate, upon certification, additional programs pursuant to subdivision (d) of Section 25404.2, into the unified program within the county’s jurisdiction.
(f) The secretary may, at any time, terminate a county’s waiver of the surcharge granted pursuant to subdivisions (d) and (e) if the secretary determines that the criteria specified in subdivision (d) for the grant of a waiver are no longer met.

SEC. 16.

 Section 1.5 of this bill incorporates amendments to Section 11553.5 of the Government Code proposed by this bill and bill, Assembly Bill 133. 133, and Senate Bill 118. That section shall only become operative if (1) both bills this bill and Assembly Bill 133 or Senate Bill 118, or all three bills, are enacted and become effective on or before January 1, 2018, (2) each enacted bill amends Section 11553.5 of the Government Code, and (3) this bill is enacted after Assembly Bill 133, 133 or Senate Bill 118, whichever is enacted, or after both bills if both bills are enacted, in which case Section 11553.5 of the Government Code, as amended by Assembly Bill 133, 133 or Senate Bill 118, as applicable, shall remain operative only until the operative date of this bill, at which time Section 1.5 of this bill shall become operative, and Section 1 of this bill shall not become operative.

SEC. 17.

 Section 12.5 of this bill incorporates amendments to Section 25205.15 of the Health and Safety Code proposed by both this bill and Assembly Bill 1441. That section shall only become operative if (1) both bills are enacted and become effective on or before January 1, 2018, (2) each bill amends Section 25205.15 of the Health and Safety Code, and (3) this bill is enacted after Assembly Bill 1441, in which case Section 12 of this bill shall not become operative.