(1) Existing law creates, within the office of the Governor, the Office of Emergency Services, which, under the Director of Emergency Services, coordinates disaster response, emergency planning, emergency preparedness, disaster recovery, disaster mitigation, and homeland security activities. This bill would establish the Office of Emergency Services as the lead agency for emergency response to a large, ongoing leak or release of natural gas and associated gases from a natural gas storage facility that poses a significant present or potential hazard to the public health and safety, property, or the environment. The bill would require the Office of Emergency Services to coordinate among other state and local agencies the emergency response, public health and environmental assessment, monitoring, and long-term management and control of the leak. (2) The Public Utilities Act provides that any public utility that violates any provision of the California Constitution or the act, or that fails or neglects to comply with any order, decision, decree, rule, direction, demand, or requirement of the Public Utilities Commission where a penalty has not otherwise been provided, is subject to a penalty of not less than $500 and not more than $50,000 for each offense. Existing law requires that any fine or penalty imposed by the commission and collected from a public utility be paid to the State Treasury to the credit of the General Fund. The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency charged with monitoring and regulating sources of emissions of greenhouse gases. The act requires the state board to adopt a statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit equivalent to the statewide greenhouse gas emissions level in 1990 to be achieved by 2020. Existing law requires the California Environmental Protection Agency to identify disadvantaged communities. This bill would require a penalty assessed against a gas corporation pursuant to the Public Utilities Act in regards to a natural gas storage facility leak to at least equal the amount necessary to fully offset the impact on the climate from the greenhouse gases emitted by the leak from the natural gas storage facility, as determined by the state board, and would require the commission to consider the extent to which the gas corporation has mitigated, or is in the process of mitigating, the impact on the climate from greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the leak, as specified. The bill would require the commission to deposit moneys from penalties assessed against a gas corporation in regards to a natural gas storage facility leak into the Gas Storage Facility Leak Mitigation Account, which the bill would establish in the State Treasury. The bill would require that moneys in this account be expended, upon appropriation by the Legislature, solely for direct emissions reductions in furtherance of achieving the greenhouse gas emissions limit and, if sufficient moneys remain after mitigating the impact on the climate from the gas corporation's emissions, to reimburse state and local response costs. The bill would require these moneys to be expended in a manner that achieves a reduction in greenhouse gases that will fully offset the impact on the climate from those gases emitted by the leak, and in accordance with provisions requiring specified allocations to disadvantaged communities. The bill would require the state board to determine the amount of, and impact on the climate from, greenhouse gases emitted by a leak for these purposes. The bill would require that moneys in the fund resulting from penalties assessed for the Aliso Canyon gas leak be expended, consistent with the state board's Aliso Canyon Climate Impacts Mitigation Program, for specified purposes.
Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 536, Statutes of 2016.
Approved by the Governor.
Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 5 p.m.
Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 28. Noes 11. Page 5445.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
In Senate. Concurrence in Assembly amendments pending.
Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 59. Noes 21. Page 6232.) Ordered to the Senate.
Read third time and amended. (Ayes 53. Noes 19. Page 5987.)
Ordered to third reading.
Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 14. Noes 2.) (August 11).
August 3 set for first hearing. Placed on APPR. suspense file.
Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
From committee: Do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 8. Noes 0.) (June 27).
From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on NAT. RES. (Ayes 16. Noes 2.) (June 22). Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 28. Noes 10. Page 4127.) Ordered to the Assembly.
In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.
Read second time and amended. Ordered to third reading.
From committee: Do pass as amended. (Ayes 5. Noes 2. Page 3999.) (May 27).
Set for hearing May 27.
May 16 hearing: Placed on APPR. suspense file.
From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
Set for hearing May 16.
Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
From committee: Do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 9. Noes 2. Page 3593.) (April 19).
Set for hearing April 19.
April 5 hearing postponed by committee.
Set for hearing April 5.
From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on E., U., & C. (Ayes 9. Noes 0. Page 3192.) (March 8). Re-referred to Com. on E., U., & C.
Set for hearing March 8.
From printer. May be acted upon on or after February 20.
Introduced. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.
|Bill Text Versions||Format|
|01/20/16 - Introduced|
|04/25/16 - Amended Senate|
|05/11/16 - Amended Senate|
|05/31/16 - Amended Senate|
|06/29/16 - Amended Assembly|
|08/19/16 - Amended Assembly|
|08/30/16 - Enrolled|
|09/23/16 - Chaptered|
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