BILL NUMBER: AB 1045	AMENDED
	BILL TEXT

	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  MARCH 26, 2015

INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Irwin
   (Coauthor: Assembly Member Chiu)

                        FEBRUARY 26, 2015

   An act to add  Section   Sections 42649 
 .87 and  43032 to the Public Resources Code, relating to
solid waste.



	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 1045, as amended, Irwin.  Composting facilities:
streamline permitting and regulation.   Organic waste:
composting.  
   (1) The existing California Integrated Waste Management Act of
1989, which is administered by the Department of Resources Recycling
and Recovery, establishes an integrated waste management program.
Existing law requires each city, county, city and county, and
regional agency, if any, to develop a source reduction and recycling
element of an integrated waste management plan. Those entities are
required to divert 50% of all solid waste through source reduction,
recycling, and composting.  
   This bill would require the California Environmental Protection
Agency, in coordination with the department, to develop and implement
policies to aid in diverting 50% of organic waste from landfills by
2020 by promoting the composting of specified organic waste and by
promoting the appropriate use of that compost throughout the state.
The bill would require the agency to promote a goal of reducing at
least 5 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year
through the development and application of compost on working lands,
and would authorize the agency to work with the Department of Food
and Agriculture to achieve this goal. The bill would also require the
agency to convene the department, the State Water Resources Control
Board, and the State Air Resources Board to ensure proper
coordination of agency regulations and goals to implement these
requirements.  
    Existing 
    (2)     Existing  law requires the
Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to adopt regulations
relating to waste management, including standards for the design,
operation, maintenance, and ultimate reuse of solid waste facilities,
and for solid waste handling, transfer, composting, transformation,
and disposal. Existing law prohibits the solid waste handling,
transfer, composting, transformation, and disposal standards from
including any requirement that is under the authority of the State
Air Resources Board for the prevention of air pollution or the State
Water Resources Control Board for the prevention of water pollution
and prohibits the solid waste facilities standards from including
aspects of solid waste handling and disposal that are within the
jurisdiction of the State Air Resources Board, air pollution control
districts, and air quality management districts, or the State Water
Resources Control board or a regional water district.
   Existing law prohibits a person from discharging a quantity of air
contaminants or other material that causes injury, detriment,
nuisance, or annoyance to the public, or that endangers the comfort,
repose, health, or safety of the public, or that causes injury or
damage to business or property, except as provided.
   Under existing law, the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act,
the State Water Resources Control Board and the California regional
water quality control boards are the principal state agencies with
responsibility for the coordination and control of water quality in
the state. The act, with certain exceptions, requires a waste
discharger to file certain information with the appropriate regional
board and to pay an annual fee.
   This bill would require the Department of Resources Recycling and
Recovery, in coordination with the State Air Resources Board and the
State Water Resources Control Board, to develop a policy that
promotes the development of streamlined permitting and regulation of
composting facilities while protecting air and water quality.
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program: no.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

   SECTION 1.    The Legislature finds and declares all
of the following:  
   (a) With the enactment of the California Integrated Waste
Management Act of 1989 (Division 30 (commencing with Section 40000)
of the Public Resources Code), the Legislature declared that the
Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery and local agencies
shall promote composting.  
   (b) Since the enactment of the act, local governments and private
industries have worked jointly to create an extensive material
collection infrastructure and have implemented effective programs to
achieve a statewide diversion rate greater than 50 percent. 

   (c) Although California now leads the nation in waste reduction
and recycling, the state continues to dispose of more than 15 million
tons of compostable organics each year in solid waste landfills.
 
   (d) Composting organic materials results in substantial
environmental and agricultural benefits, including the reduction of
naturally occurring volatile organic compounds and ammonia. 

   (e) The Economic and Technology Advancement Advisory Committee,
formed pursuant to the California Global Warming Solutions Act of
2006 (Division 25.5 (commencing with Section 38500) of the Health and
Safety Code), has identified composting as a cost-effective
technology for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  
   (f) The application of compost in agriculture and landscaping has
been shown to offer significant soil-carbon sequestration and water
quality benefits, provide erosion control, reduce the need for
synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and conserve water and
irrigation-associated energy.  
   (g) In 2007, the department's predecessor agency adopted Strategic
Directive 6.1 to reduce the amount of organics in the waste stream
by 50 percent by the year 2020.  
   (h) In 2014, the state required organic waste generators that
produce four cubic yards or more of organic waste a week to arrange
to recycle this material (Chapter 12.9 (commencing with Section
42649.8) of the Public Resources Code).  
   (i) To reduce the amount of organics in landfills, the state must
promote the development and permitting of composting facilities and
ensure that state regulations account for the lifecycle emissions
reduction and water quality benefits of diverting organic waste from
landfills and into compost facilities, while continuing to protect
air and water quality. 
   SEC. 2.    Section 42649.87 is added to the 
 Public Resources Code   , to read:  
   42649.87.  (a) The California Environmental Protection Agency, in
coordination with the department, shall develop and implement
policies to aid in diverting 50 percent of organic waste from
landfills by 2020 by promoting the use of agricultural, forestry, and
urban organic waste as a feedstock for compost and by promoting the
appropriate use of that compost throughout the state.
   (b) In developing policies pursuant to subdivision (a), the
California Environmental Protection Agency shall promote a goal of
reducing at least five million metric tons of greenhouse gas
emissions per year through the development and application of compost
on working lands, which includes, but is not limited to,
agricultural land, land used for forestry, and rangeland. The
California Environmental Protection Agency may work with the
Department of Food and Agriculture to achieve this goal.
   (c) The California Environmental Protection Agency shall convene
the department, the State Water Resources Control Board, and the
State Air Resources Board to ensure proper coordination of agency
regulations and goals to implement this section. 
   SECTION 1.   SEC. 3.   Section 43032 is
added to the Public Resources Code, to read:
   43032.  The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, in
coordination with the State Air Resources Board and the State Water
Resources Control Board, shall develop a policy that promotes the
development of streamlined permitting and regulation of composting
facilities while protecting air and water quality.