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          AB 796 (Muratsuchi)
          As Amended  April 10, 2013
          Majority vote 

           UTILITIES & COMMERCE            12-3                NATURAL  
          RESOURCES              6-2      
          |Ayes:|Bradford, Bonilla,        |Ayes:|Chesbro, Garcia,          |
          |     |Buchanan, Chávez, Fong,   |     |Muratsuchi, Skinner,      |
          |     |Garcia, Gorell,           |     |Stone, Williams           |
          |     |Roger Hernández, Quirk,   |     |                          |
          |     |Rendon, Skinner, Williams |     |                          |
          |     |                          |     |                          |
          |Nays:|Patterson, Beth Gaines,   |Nays:|Grove, Patterson          |
          |     |Jones                     |     |                          |
          |     |                          |     |                          |
           APPROPRIATIONS      12-5                                        
          |Ayes:|Gatto, Bocanegra,         |     |                          |
          |     |Bradford,                 |     |                          |
          |     |Ian Calderon, Campos,     |     |                          |
          |     |Eggman, Gomez, Hall,      |     |                          |
          |     |Rendon, Pan, Quirk, Weber |     |                          |
          |     |                          |     |                          |
          |Nays:|Harkey, Bigelow,          |     |                          |
          |     |Donnelly, Linder, Wagner  |     |                          |
          |     |                          |     |                          |
           SUMMARY  :  Requires the California Energy Commission (CEC) to  
          consider the effects of sea level rise on the proposed site and  
          related facility during the certification process. 

           FISCAL EFFECT  :  According to the Assembly Appropriations  
          Committee, the certification process workload increase is minor  
          and absorbable.

           COMMENTS  :   


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           1)Author's Statement  . "This bill is an important step towards  
            preparing our coastal cities against the possible, negative  
            effects of climate change. Sea level rise has the dangerous  
            potential of wreaking havoc upon our cities' infrastructures,  
            and we must ensure we prepare adequately to respond to  
            possible future crises."

          2)According to "The Impacts of Sea-Level Rise on the California  
            Coast," a 2009 report by the California Climate Change Center,  
            funded through CEC's Public Interest Energy Research Program  

               We estimate that a 1.4 meter sealevel rise will put  
               480,000 people at risk of a 100year flood event, given  
               todays population. Among those affected are large  
               numbers of lowincome people and communities of color,  
               which are especially vulnerable. Critical  
               infrastructure, such as roads, hospitals, schools,  
               emergency facilities, wastewater treatment plants,  
               power plants, and more will also be at increased risk  
               of inundation, as are vast areas of wetlands and other  
               natural ecosystems.

               Sea levels are expected to continue to rise, and the  
               rate of increase will likely accelerate. In order to  
               evaluate climate change impacts, the Intergovernmental  
               Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) developed future  
               emission scenarios that differ based on assumptions  
               about economic development, population, regulation,  
               and technology. Based on these scenarios, mean sea  
               level was projected to rise by 0.2 m to 0.6 m by 2100,  
               relative to a baseline of 19801999, in response to  
               changes in oceanic temperature and the exchange of  
               water between oceans and landbased reservoirs, such as  
               glaciers and ice sheets.

               Based on a set of climate scenarios prepared for the  
               California Energy Commissions Public Interest Energy  
               Research (PIER) Climate Change Research Program  
               project that, under medium to mediumhigh emissions  
               scenarios, mean sea level along the California coast  
               will rise from 1.0 to 1.4 meters (m) by the year 2100.

          3)CEC regulations currently require power plant permit  


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            applicants to provide a detailed description of the hydrologic  
            setting of the project, including a map and narrative  
            description that includes ground water bodies and related  
            geologic structures, water inundation zones, such as 100-year  
            flood plain and tsunami run-up zones, flood control  
            facilities, groundwater wells within half of a mile of the  
            project that includes pumping. (Title 20, Division 2, Section  

          4)CEC prepares environmental documentation as required by the  
            California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). 

           5)Flood Insurance Rate Maps  . In addition to Department of Water  
            Resources floodplain maps, Federal Emergency Management Agency  
            (FEMA) uses Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) to determine the  
            flood risk that home and business owners face.  FEMA maps are  
            the official maps of a community on which FEMA has delineated  
            both the special hazard areas and the risk premium zones  
            applicable to the community.  FEMA's Risk Analysis Division  
            applies engineering, planning, and advanced technology to  
            determine the potential impact of natural hazard events and to  
            develop strategies to manage the risks associated with these  
           6)What Is a Floodplain? A floodplain is defined as any land area  
            subject to inundation by floodwaters from any source and a  
            100-year flood is a flood having a 1% chance of being equaled  
            or exceeded in any given year (a 1/100th chance or 1% chance  
            of occurring in any year).

           7)Projected Flood Impacts of Climate Change Vary  . According to a  
            PIER report they used a medium-high scenario of 1.0 to 1.4  
            meters by 2100. They note however that IPCC panel projected a  
            rise of 0.2 to 0.6 meters by 2100.

          Analysis Prepared by  :    Susan Kateley / U. & C. / (916)  

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