Bills Impacting Water and Hazardous Waste Facilities are Signed into Law

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bills (AB) 1438 and 1439, by the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials (ESTM), have been signed into law. ESTM was led by Chairman Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) and Vice-Chairman Brian Dahle (R-Redding).

In July 2014, responsibility for enforcing the State’s Drinking Water Program was transferred from the California Department of Public Health to the California State Water Resources Control Board (Board). Due to the massive size of the program and the various code sections impacted, not every appropriate code section was updated to reflect the Board’s jurisdiction over the program.  AB 1438 makes those necessary code clean-up changes to the environmental lab accreditation program.


AB 1439 will allow the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to require hazardous waste facilities to submit hazardous waste facility applications, reports, and other information generated by these facilitates electronically. “These documents can be thousands of pages long, and can include various reports, work-plans, schedules, and other documents,” explained Assemblymember Quirk. “AB 1439 will improve overall efficiency and provide for timely public access to these documents,” he concluded.


“I am proud of the work the committee did this year. This was a bi-partisan approach to solve needed problems that are under the direct jurisdiction of this committee,” said Assemblymember Quirk upon learning both bills had been signed by Governor Jerry Brown.  


AB 1439 and AB 1439 go into effect January 1, 2018.


Assemblymember Dahle was named Republican Caucus Leader in September 2017 and appointed Assemblymember Phillip Chen (R-Whittier) as the new Vice-Chair.