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CAL/EPA SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT ON PERMIT STREAMLINING PROPOSALS

 CAL/EPA SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT ON PERMIT STREAMLINING PROPOSALS
 SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The California Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it will hold a series of statewide public meetings on its draft recommendations for consolidating and streamlining the Cal/EPA permit processes. The agency also announced an extension, to May 31, 1992, of the public review and comment period on its proposals.
 "A critical element of the Cal/EPA goal to create a more efficient environmental permitting system in California is the feedback received from all affected parties about our proposals," said Secretary for Environmental Protection James M. Strock.
 "The public meetings we have scheduled, together with an extended comment period, provides more opportunity to examine these issues, and better prepares Cal/EPA for moving ahead with legislation and administrative actions to improve the process," said Strock.
 The Cal/EPA proposal, officially released for public review and comment on March 16, responds to a commitment from Gov. Pete Wilson to streamline the State permitting system. The proposal has been circulated to several thousand interested parties, including those representing environmental interests, industry, agriculture, labor, and local government.
 In a related effort to focus discussion on his Agency's proposals, Strock released legislative amendments to implement some of the recommendations. The language has been added to Senate Bill 2093, introduced by Sen. Marion Bergeson of Newport Beach.
 "While we recognize that modifications may be needed, this legislation lays the foundation for implementing those permit streamlining recommendations that cannot be accomplished administratively," said Strock. "Some of what we propose requires approval from the Legislature, and we look forward to the legislative dialogue that will build that support."
 Copies of Cal/EPA's proposal, "Draft Recommendations for Consolidating and Streamlining the Cal/EPA Permit Processes," may be obtained by calling 916-322-2858, or by writing the Office of the Secretary, Attn: Permit Streamlining, 555 Capitol Mall, Suite 235, Sacramento, Calif. 95814.
 Eleven public meetings have been scheduled around the state to receive public comment on the draft recommendations:
 Monday, April 27 -- MONTEREY
 6-10 p.m.
 Monterey City Council Chambers
 City Hall
 Pacific and Madison Streets
 Tuesday, April 28 -- RIVERSIDE
 5-9 p.m.
 Riverside Public Library
 3581 7th Street, 2nd Floor Auditorium
 Wednesday, April 29 -- SANTA BARBARA
 6-10 p.m.
 Santa Barbara City Council Chambers
 City Hall
 735 Anacapa Street, 2nd Floor
 Tuesday, May 5 -- SAN DIEGO
 6-10 p.m.
 State of California Building
 1350 Front Street
 Basement Auditorium, Room B-109
 Wednesday, May 6 -- SAN JOSE
 6-10 p.m.
 State of California Building
 100 Paseo de San Antonio
 Thursday, May 7 -- FRESNO
 6-10 p.m.
 State of California Building
 2550 Mariposa Mall, Room 1036
 Tuesday, May 12 -- LOS ANGELES
 2-4 p.m. and 7-10 p.m.
 Los Angeles County
 Hall of Administration
 500 West Temple Street, Room 140
 Wednesday, May 13 -- SACRAMENTO
 2-5 p.m.
 Resources Building, State of California
 1416 Ninth Street, First Floor
 Thursday, May 14 -- REDDING
 7-10 p.m.
 Redding City Council Chambers
 (Police Department)
 1313 California Street
 Tuesday, May 19 -- FOUNTAIN VALLEY
 2-4 p.m. and 7-10 p.m.
 Orange County Water District
 Board Room
 10500 Ellis Avenue
 Wednesday, May 20 -- SAN FRANCISCO
 6-10 p.m.
 State of California Building
 455 Golden Gate Avenue, Room 1194
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 /CONTACT: Bob Borzelleri, 916-324-9670, or Patrick Dorais, 916-322-2858, both of the California Environmental Protection Agency/ CO: California Environmental Protection Agency ST: California IN: SU:


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