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          Date of Hearing:   May 15, 2013

                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
                                  Mike Gatto, Chair

                   AB 1251 (Gorell) - As Amended:  April 10, 2013 

          Policy Committee:                              Environmental  
          Safety and Toxic Materials                    Vote: 7-0

          Urgency:     No                   State Mandated Local Program:  
          No     Reimbursable:              

           SUMMARY  

          Establishes the Stormwater Task Force (Task Force) to develop  
          recommended control for sources of stormwater pollution.   
          Specifically, this bill:

          1)Requires the Secretary for Environmental Protection, of the  
            California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal-EPA), to  
            convene a Task Force to review, plan, and coordinate  
            stormwater-related activity to maximize regulatory  
            effectiveness in reducing water pollution. The Task Force  
            would include:

             a)   Representatives agencies and departments within Cal-EPA.
             b)   The Secretary of Food and Agriculture.
             c)   A representative from the Office of Planning and  
               Research.

          2)Requires the Task Force to provide a statewide stormwater  
            plan, by January 1, 2017, that makes recommendations on  
            appropriate legislation to integrate the control of sources of  
            stormwater pollutants with existing programs related to water  
            quality in an efficient manner.

          3)Sunsets on January 1, 2021.


           FISCAL EFFECT  

          Minor, absorbable costs for CalEPA to convene and staff the task  
          force.









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           COMMENTS  

           1)Rationale.   According to the author, The current regulatory  
            scheme that guides California's stormwater clean-up efforts  
            has primarily focused on end-of-pipe requirements. As  
            compliance standards increase, the burden of clean-up has  
            disproportionally fallen on property owners who are tasked  
            with cleaning up pollutants that they did not leave behind.     


            The author intends the task force to provide a venue for  
            coordination among existing regulatory programs to better  
            achieve the goals of state and federal law, while minimizing  
            costs for stakeholders.


           2)Background.   Under the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control  
            Act, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) and the  
            Regional Water Quality Control Boards (RWQCBs) regulate  
            discharges of pollutants in storm-water and urban runoff by  
            regulating, through the National Pollutant Discharge  
            Elimination System (NPDES), industrial discharges and  
            discharges through the municipal storm drain systems and from  
            industrial activity.  
           

           Analysis Prepared by  :    Jennifer Galehouse / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081