California Association of Sanitation Agencies
Below is a list of recently updated related topics, sorted by date updated.
The first update to the AB 32 Scoping Plan is taking place in 2013 and will be final by April of 2014. The California Wastewater Climate Change Group (CWCCG) submitted comments for the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) consideration in developing the draft AB 32 Scoping Plan Update revisions, which were released on October 1, 2013. The original intent of the 2013 Update to the Scoping Plan was to define the CARB climate change priorities for the next five years and lay the groundwork for reaching post-2020 goals (i.e., 2050 goals) set in Executive Orders S-3-05 and B-16-2012.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) adopted the California Cap on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Market-Based Compliance Mechanisms, otherwise known as “cap and trade” at its December 16, 2010 meeting. Cap and trade is a market-based regulatory framework in which regulated entities can trade “allowances” for their CO2 emissions. Adoption of this regulation is part of the state’s implementation of AB 32 - The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.
The California Wastewater Climate Change Group (CWCCG) develops comment letters in response to developing climate change related regulations or initiatives that could affect the wastewater community. A comment letter is one way CWCCG can directly communicate with and educate regulatory bodies on specific issues its members face and ways that it can contribute toward the success of those regulations or initiatives. Below are comment letters CWCCG has prepared in response to various State and Federal regulations and initiatives.
Climate change poses one of the most significant challenges of our time. Not only must our society curb greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel use, but we must adapt to rising sea levels, increased droughts and floods, and extreme storm events, all of which will affect our wastewater infrastructure. The wastewater community has a significant role to play in addressing climate change.
In an effort to get a handle on emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs), both the US EPA and the California Air Resources Board have implemented programs that require mandatory reporting of GHGs for regulated facilities.
SAN DIEGO — Almost hidden in the northern hills, the pilot water treatment plant here does not seem a harbinger of revolution. It cost $13 million, uses long-established technologies and produces a million gallons a day.
On May 13, 2010, US EPA published its final Tailoring Rule. The Tailoring Rule lays out Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Title V Major Source permitting requirements for greenhouse gases (GHGs) under the Federal Clean Air Act. It is called the Tailoring Rule because it “tailors” the thresholds from the usual 100 or 250 tons/year thresholds used in the Clean Air Act for criteria pollutants to higher thresholds that are more implementable for GHGs.
On July 12, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia vacated the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) “Deferral Rule” which deferred regulation of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from biogenic (natural) sources under the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Title V Programs. Biogenic CO2 emissions (as distinguished from more traditional anthropogenic or human-caused CO2 emissions) are generated from, among other things, the biological decomposition of waste in landfills and wastewater treatment processes. Many human-caused CO2 sources are currently subject to reporting and other control requirements under the federal Clean Air Act (CAA) as well as the “Tailoring Rule”.
On March 8, CASA submitted comments to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) regarding the recently released AB 32 Cap-and-Trade Auction Proceeds Investment Plan Draft Concept Paper (Concept Paper). The Concept Paper was designed to facilitate discussion regarding development of an investment plan for cap-and-trade auction proceeds, and was the subject of three different multi-agency workshops held on February 19, 25, and 27.
The presentations from a wastewater biogas forum was held on February 7th, 2013 are available now at the links below. The forum was organized and sponsored by CASA, CPUC, US EPA Region 9, Cal EPA, SCAP, SCAQMD, CEC, UC Davis and others. The forum was held at the South Coast AQMD offices in Diamond Bar. The forum was attended by more than 100 people in person plus numerous others via a webcast.
Below you will find presentations and articles on the topic of climate change. You can also view presentations from the February 7th, 2013 waste water biogas forum held at the South Coast AQMD offices in Diamond Bar.