|Assembly Bill 1329|
We are excited to announce that for the first time CRPE is sponsoring a bill this legislative season authored by V. Manuel Pérez (D-Coachella). AB 1329 will prioritize enforcement of hazardous waste facilities in overburdened communities. Currently all of California's toxic waste dumps are located in low income, Latino communities. These communities have experienced serious health problems such as high rates of birth defects and childhood cancers. The bill will ensure that facilities in these communities comply with the laws designed to protect public health and safety.
WHAT IS AB 1329?
AB 1329 directs the Department of Toxic Substances Control to prioritize enforcement in over-burdened communities and prohibits the transportation of toxics to all unpermitted sites outside of state boundaries.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
In California, 80 percent of residents living next to a toxic waste facility are people of color. This is the highest percentage of any state in the US. Many of these communities are already overburdened by other polluting land-uses and suffer serious health effects. It is vital for DTSC to ensure the toxic waste facilities in these communities comply with the law and permits designed to protect public health and safety.
+ October 5, 2013: Governor Jerry Brown signs AB 1329 into law!
+ September 11, 2013: AB 1329 is on its way to the governor's desk.
+ September 4, 2013: AB 1329 passed the Senate.
+ May 30, 2013: AB 1329 has passed the Assembly! This summer it will go for its final vote on the Senate floor.
+ May 24, 2013: The bill cleared the appropriations committee! Next it heads to the Assembly floor and should be heard during the week of May 27th. If approved by the democrat-majority assembly it will head to the Senate for the final vote.
+April 30, 2013: AB 1329 cleared the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety & Toxic Materials with a vote of 5-2 along party lines. Additionally, the committee chair, assemblymember Luis Alejo--who reps the 30th district (roughly Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties)--signed on as co-author. The bill currently has 54 letters of support and no opposition. The next stop on its journey to being signed into law is the Appropriations Committee, which is in charge of government spending and budgets. Author V. Manual Pérez had this to say about the bill: “Examples of poisoned air, water, and soil can be found across the state, with poor and minority communities experiencing a disproportionate burden due to hazardous waste facilities near their communities. This bill will ensure the State revisits its siting processes to reduce these disparities.”