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CAL/EPA RELEASES LEGISLATION PROPOSALS

 CAL/EPA RELEASES LEGISLATION PROPOSALS
 SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The California


Environmental protection Agency released today its consolidated package of legislation for the 1992 session. This package, the first to be released by the agency since the creation of Cal/EPA in July, 1991, contains a number of groundbreaking proposals.
 "I am proud of our legislative package," stated Cal/EPA Secretary James M. Strock. "This set of proposals, Governor Wilson's first for our new agency, establishes an aggressive agenda for 1992. The Governor's package includes improvements in our hazardous waste program, based on our 90-day review; enhancement of our enforcement authorities; the second phase of our 'rolling reorganization;' improvements in the fee structure supporting parts of our agency; and a plan to streamline Cal/EPA's permitting process."
 The Cal/EPA legislative package was presented today to representatives of environmental organizations, industry, local governments and the press. All of the bill proposals have been introduced in the Legislature, by a number of different authors. The following is a list of the specific bills which constitute Cal/EPA's 1992 package:
 Reorganization
 -- Additional Reorganization Changes (AB 3747, Tanner)
 Simplify Fees and Provide a Stable Funding Base
 -- Leaking Underground Tank Cost Recovery Fund (AB 3180, Woodruff)
 -- Grant Application Processing Fees (AB 3181, Woodruff)
 -- Disposal Facility Definition (AB 3418, Allen)
 -- Funding for Environmental Programs (AB 3574, Wright)
 -- Mill Assessment Sunset Repeal (AB 3650, Costa)
 -- Water Board Funding Sources (AB 3693, Chandler)
 Permit Streamlining and Consolidation
 -- Streamlining Cal/EPA Permits (SB 2039, Bergeson)
 Follow-up to 90-Day Review of Hazardous Waste Program
 -- Interim Status Authority (AB 3540, Lempert)
 -- Elimination of Two Year Variance Limitation (SB 1798, Roberti)
 -- Reform of Hazardous Waste Program (SB 2057, Calderon)
 Enhanced Enforcement Program
 -- Cal/EPA as Co-Plaintiff - Prop. 65 (AB 3815, Campbell)
 -- Water Quality Cleanup (SB 1277, Ayala)
 -- Criminal and Civil Penalties Revisions (SB 2054, Davis)
 Enhancing Market Incentives for Environmental Protection
 -- Availability of Emissions Offsets (AB 3785, Quackenbush)
 -- Responsible Party Incentives for Cleanups (SB 2056, Calderon)
 Other Miscellaneous Legislative Proposals
 -- Certification of Air Pollution Control Equipment (AB 2449,
 Bentley)
 -- Legislative Report Consolidation (AB 2481, Brulte)
 -- Trade Secret Protection (AB 2696, Wright)
 -- Subpoenaed Employees (SB 1546, Craven)
 -- Interim Relief Proceedings (SB 1900, McCorquodale)
 -- PCE Cleanup and Abatement (SB 2058, Beverly)
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 /CONTACT: Bob Borzelleri of the California Environmental Protection Agency, 916-324-9670/ CO: California Environmental Protection Agency ST: California IN: SU:


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