AB 732

  • California Assembly Bill
  • 2021-2022 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly
  • Assembly
  • Senate
  • Governor

Department of Toxic Substances Control: Toxic Substances Control Account.

Abstract

(1) Existing law establishes the Carpenter-Presley-Tanner Hazardous Substance Account Act and expresses the intent of the Legislature to establish a program to provide response authority for releases of hazardous substances, including spills and hazardous waste disposal sites that pose a threat to public health or the environment, among other objectives. The act imposes liability for hazardous substance removal or remedial actions and requires the Department of Toxic Substances Control to adopt, by regulation, criteria for the selection and priority ranking of hazardous substance release sites for removal or remedial action under the act. The act requires the department to publish and revise, at least annually, its listing of the hazardous substances release sites selected for, and subject to, a response action. This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to also identify and remediate releases of hazardous substances throughout the state to protect human health and the environment and enable productive reuse of contaminated sites. The bill would require the department to publish on its internet website, the list of hazardous substances release sites selected for, and subject to, a response action. The bill would also make nonsubstantive changes to these provisions. (2) Existing law establishes the Toxic Substances Control Account in the General Fund and requires that specified moneys be deposited in that account, including the charge imposed on organizations that use, generate, store, or conduct activities in this state related to hazardous materials, and penalties imposed pursuant to the hazardous waste control laws or the Carpenter-Presley-Tanner Hazardous Substance Account Act. Existing law provides that the Legislature may appropriate moneys from the Toxic Substances Control Account to the department for specified purposes, including, among other things, site remediation and response costs. Existing law, known as the Green Chemistry program, requires the department to adopt regulations to establish a process to identify and prioritize chemicals or chemical ingredients in consumer products that may be considered as being chemicals of concern. The department's Safer Consumer Products Program implements the Green Chemistry program pursuant to regulations adopted by the department known as the Safer Consumer Products regulations. This bill would provide that the Legislature may appropriate moneys from the Toxic Substances Control Account for the Green Chemistry program and for the administration of the Safer Consumer Products Program. The bill would also make nonsubstantive and conforming changes to these provisions. (3) Existing law requires the department to provide the State Board of Equalization with a schedule of codes identifying the types of organizations that use, generate, store, or conduct activities in the state related to hazardous materials. Existing law requires each organization type identified in the schedule to pay an annual tax, known as the "environmental fee," at a specified amount based on the number of employees at the organization, which is deposited in the Toxic Substances Control Account. Existing law requires the State Board of Equalization to annually adjust those amounts to reflect the increase or decrease in the cost of living, as provided. This bill would require the department to provide the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration with the schedule of codes identifying the types of organizations that use, generate, store, or conduct activities in the state related to hazardous materials. The bill would increase the amount of the annual tax required to be paid by the categories of organizations identified in the schedule for the 2021 calendar year and each subsequent calendar year, and would remove the requirement that the annual tax be annually adjusted to reflect the increase or decrease in the cost of living. (4) This bill would include a change in state statute that would result in a taxpayer paying a higher tax within the meaning of Section 3 of Article XIIIA of the California Constitution, and thus would require for passage the approval of 23 of the membership of each house of the Legislature.

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Apr 07, 2021

Assembly

In committee: Testimony taken. Hearing postponed by committee.

Feb 25, 2021

Assembly

Referred to Com. on E.S. & T.M.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on E.S. & T.M.

Feb 17, 2021

Assembly

From printer. May be heard in committee March 19.

Feb 16, 2021

Assembly

Read first time. To print.

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