California Environmental Laws and Policies Update – November 2022 #2 | Allen Matkins

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Ball The Hill – November 10

California Attorney General Rob Bonta on Thursday announced a lawsuit against 3M and DuPont, makers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), alleging that the two companies concealed the health risks associated with PFAS from the public and continued produce them for public use. Although PFAS is an umbrella term for thousands of compounds, the lawsuit applies specifically to seven compounds detected in California waters. According to data from California’s State Water Resources Control Board, the compounds, which resist degradation in the environment, are detectable in 146 water systems that provide water to approximately 16 million state residents. .


Ball The Washington Post – November 2

As the expansion of the freight transportation industry brings more warehouses and heavy trucks to cities in the Inland Empire, local organizers and state regulators have worked to tackle pollutant emissions by sector, which they say are poisoning vulnerable communities, many of which are populated. largely with people of color. In what may be one of the most significant developments to date, the California Air Resources Board appears likely to pass a rule that would ban most large diesel trucks and other large fossil fuel-powered vehicles over the next two decades. For some, the transition would begin as early as 2024. The move, considered by the Board at an Oct. 27 meeting, would radically reshape the trucking industry and set a standard for the country, just months after the state banned the sale of new gasoline. -motor cars after 2035.

Associated Press – November 9

Federal health officials are conducting a new study to determine whether veterans once stationed at the former Ford Ord Army Base in Monterey were exposed to dangerously high levels of cancer-causing toxins, including trichlorethylene, or TCE. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s decision comes nine months after a Associated press An investigation found that drinking water at Fort Ord contained toxic chemicals and that hundreds of veterans who lived on the base in the 1980s and 1990s later developed rare and terminal blood cancers.

Ball KQED – November 4

Chevron will pay $200,000 as part of a settlement with regulators related to a pipeline rupture at its Richmond refinery that led to the release of hundreds of gallons of diesel fuel into San Francisco Bay in February 2021. The decision comes months after the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. investigators reported their findings on the spill to the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office. In October 2021, Contra Costa’s Hazardous Materials Programs Department released a three-page report from the oil company that said its inspections failed to detect corrosion on the pipeline that led to the release.

Ball Reuters – November 7

German automaker Bosch has agreed to pay $25 million to resolve the California investigation into the company’s role in diesel emissions scandals at Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler, the company and the state announced Monday. The settlement, which is subject to court approval, resolves allegations that Bosch participated in misconduct by supplying hardware, software and software programming or calibration services to Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler, now known as Stellantis, “even though it knew or should have known that these automakers were violating environmental and consumer protection laws,” California Attorney General Rob Bonta said.

Ball US News & World Report – November 9

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Wednesday it was considering new regulations to tackle air pollution from locomotives. The EPA does not approve of the California Air Resources Board’s 2017 request to set stricter emission standards for new locomotives and new locomotive engines, but said it plans to propose revisions to the regulations preemption of locomotives ‘to ensure they do not inappropriately restrict California and other states’ authorities under the Clean Air Act to address their air quality concerns. According to the CARB proposal, from 2030, only locomotives under 23 years old could be operated in California and, from 2024, to reduce emissions from extended engine idling, all locomotives equipped with automatic shutdown devices would not be allowed to idle for more than 30 minutes, except for an exempt reason.

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