California Association of Sanitation Agencies
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CASA asks members to continue to keep up the heat in opposition of AB 371 (Salas). AB 371 is the bill which would authorize Kern County to regulate or prohibit by ordinance the land application of biosolids in unincorporated areas in the county. AB 371 passed out of the Local Government Committee this week but not without significant efforts by CASA, CASA members and others to stop the bill with opposition letters and persuasive and science-based testimony.
On Friday, October 10th the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) will begin the formal rulemaking to address compost and anaerobic digestion. The rule will exclude publicly owned treatment works (POTWs) accepting hauled in organic waste for co-digestion. CASA has been actively engaged in the development of the rules to ensure that wastewater agencies are not subject to duplicative and overlapping regulation by CalRecycle and the water boards. CASA will be developing comments to be submitted to CalRecycle.
Governor Jerry Brown has signed landmark legislation that will provide California households and businesses with access to recycled water. Authored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), AB 2282 would require the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and the Building Standards Commission to adopt building standards for the installation of recycled water infrastructure for newly constructed commercial and residential buildings. In a statement, Gatto said that “Recycled water is cleaner than most of the water in our natural aquifers. It’s wasteful and inefficient to du
Through a public-private partnership, the City of Thousand Oaks announced on Thursday, October 2nd that its Hill Canyon Wastewater Treatment Plant is now capable of generating enough power on site to cover the entire plant’s usage.
The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday, September 30th upheld Alameda County’s ordinance requiring drug manufacturers to collect and pay the disposal costs for unused medication. This decision represents a significant victory for Alameda County and other local governments seeking to develop and fund programs to properly manage and dispose of unwanted or unused medications.
Recently, residents across California who depend on domestic wells or very small water systems have been severely impacted by the ongoing drought. As a result, families have lost access to water supplies for drinking and sanitation purposes. In response, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued Executive Order B-26-14 today, which will provide relief for those who have been affected by water shortages.
In a final report released today, the United States House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Panel on Public-Private Partnership (P3 Panel) provided recommendations on how to meet the needs of both public and private parties when participating in P3s. Led by the Committee’s Vice Chairman, U.S. Representative John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN), the panel held roundtables, hearings, and meetings to examine P3 across all modes of transportation, economic development, public buildings, water and maritime infrastructure and equipment.
This week, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) released its proposed Water Quality Fees for Fiscal Year 2014 – 2015 and the 2014 - 2015 Annual Fee Schedules. There have been some modifications to the proposed fee schedule since the draft Water Quality Fee document was released on August 14.
CASA recently provided comments on the Low Carbon Fuel Standard in regard to methane anaerobically digested wastewater sludge that is converted to transportation fuel. In response, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) provided feedback:
1. CARB encourages those operating at thermophilic temperatures to apply for a pathway under the site-specific Method 2B application process. Thermophilic digesters are not included in the pathway since there are so few operating in the state and CARB assumes that more energy is required to maintain thermophilic conditions.
Taking on more than 90 bills at the beginning of the 2014 legislative session, the CASA Legislative Committee and state lobbyists worked tirelessly to engage with decision makers and ensure the voice of the wastewater community was heard.
Today federal officials, including DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart, Acting Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director Michael Botticelli, and United States Attorney for Vermont Tristram Coffin announced the release of final regulations to promote the safe return of pharmaceuticals.
CWCCG Submits Comments to California Natural Resources Agency on Fourth California Climate Change Assessment
On August 29, CASA submitted comments through the California Wastewater Climate Change Group (CWCCG) to the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) on the draft Scope of Work for the fourth California Climate Change Assessment. Since 2006, California has produced three climate assessments as a mechanism to guide state policy that will strengthen comprehensive actions to address climate change. This year, the CNRA released its fourth draft, which will allocate $2.5 million each year for the next two years to a number of research projects. Prior to selecting the projects, the CNRA requ
The California Senate Environmental Quality Committee (EQ) on Monday pulled back a bill that would place additional testing requirements on the land application of biosolids in Kern County. AB 371, authored by Assemblyman Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) faced another round of amendments requested by the Senate EQ Committee to eliminate aspects of the bill that would have mandated testing at all land application sites within Kern County. This would result in impacts to a much broader set of cities in the County, not just the unincorporated sections as was the original intent of the bill.
A discussion took place on a recently released report by the Orange County Grand Jury titled, Let There Be Light: Dragging Special Districts from the Shadows. As part of the Special District Caucus, CASA was asked to be a signatory to a joint response to the Orange County Grand Jury spearheaded by the California Special Districts Association.
Governor Brown Jr. announced the following appointments to the State Water Resources Control Board:
Felicia Marcus has been western director at the Natural Resources Defense Council since 2008 and was executive vice president and chief operating officer at the Trust for Public Land from 2001 to 2008. She served as the administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9 from 1993 to 2001. Marcus was a commissioner on the City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works. She has been a member of the Delta Stewardship Council since 2010.
Notice Of Opportunity To Comment Proposed Amendment To The Recycled Water Policy To Incorporate Monitoring Requirements For Constituents Of Emerging Concern
Governor Jerry Brown was scheduled to release his January 2012-13 Budget tomorrow, January 10, per the annual constitutional deadline. However, last Thursday the Administration became aware that someone in the Department of Finance had accidentally posted an early copy of the Governor's 2012-13 Budget to its public website, which necessitated a quick change in plans for the Governor. We received word that the Governor would call the press corps together shortly thereafter to unveil the Budget a little ahead of schedule.
Today Assemblymember Roger Dickinson released his long-awaited report from the Legislative Analyst’s Office on Special Districts, in conjunction with the return of the Legislature for the commencement of the 2012 Legislative Session. The report is dated October 21, 2011.
CASA Achieves Significant Victory in Opposing AB 371 - Bill Moved to Assembly "Inactive File" and Unlikely to be Heard in 2013
After several weeks of strong lobbying efforts and significant grassroots efforts by CASA members, AB 371 was placed on the Assembly "Inactive File" during this morning's Assembly Floor Session. CASA, the City of Los Angeles, San Francisco PUC, LACSD, OCSD and several other groups engaged in a concerted effort in recent weeks to oppose AB 371 which would have banned the use of biosolids in Kern County setting a bad precedent and threatening the use of land application of biosolids which is a safe, sustainable, highly regulated process.
Early yesterday afternoon, the Senate, and subsequently the Assembly, passed, on a party-line vote, what is being labeled the “On-Time Budget,” meeting the June 15th Constitutional deadline for the first time in 25 years. Absent an agreement by the Republicans to extend the temporary sales tax, VLF, and personal income tax increases due to expire June 30th, for another five years, the Democrats drafted an alternative proposal, known as “Plan B” in an attempt to address the nearly $10 billion shortfall created without the tax extensions.
"Plan C" Budget is Sent to the Governor: 'Triggered" Reductions May be Necessary if Revenues Fail to Materialize
Late last night the Assembly and the Senate Democrats successfully passed the State Budget, SB 87, with a solid majority vote – using the powers that the voters bestowed on them when they enacted Proposition 25 (majority vote Budget) in November of 2010. Over the last several weeks, when talks broke down with a group of Republican Senators, known as the “GOP 4,” over extending the current taxes that were set to expire on June 30th, the Democrats and the Governor worked to craft an alternative Budget, known as “Plan C.”
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For the next two and a half days, the State Legislature will be scrambling to process approximately 300 remaining pieces of legislation before their official adjournment of the 2011 session at midnight on Friday evening. The Senate and Assembly have spent a large portion of the day today holding expedited policy committee hearings to vet last minute amendments to controversial or complex pieces of legislation.
Governor Brown had until Sunday at midnight to sign or veto approximately 600 bills that were sent to him during the final weeks of the 2011 legislative session, and like Governor's before him, he had Capitol watchers in rapt anticipation heading up to the deadline.
By Eric Sapirstein, Federal Legislative Advocate
Ranking Member of the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee, Representative Tim Bishop (D-NY), has released a draft rewrite of his proposal to renew the state revolving loan fund program that supports POTW construction. The draft is under review by the Federal Legislative and Liaison Committee.
The Senate and Assembly recessed the Regular Legislative Session for 2011, in the early hours of Saturday morning, after voting on hundreds of pieces of legislation in the final days leading up to the September 9th deadline for bills to be passed to the Governor.