AB 1071, as amended, Atkins. Supplemental environmental projects.
Existing law requires the Secretary for Environmental Protection to convene a Working Group on Environmental Justice to assist the secretary in developing an agencywide strategy for identifying and addressing gaps in existing programs, policies, or activities of the
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This bill would require each board, department, and office within the
begin delete California Environmental Protection Agencyend delete to establish a specified policy on supplemental environmental projects, as defined, that benefits begin delete environmental justiceend delete communities, as defined.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Section 71118 is added to the Public Resources Code,
(a) For purposes of this section, the following terms
31have the following meanings:
32(1) “Agency” means the California Environmental Protection
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35a community identified pursuant to Section 39711 of the Health
36and Safety Code.
37(3) “Supplemental environmental project” means an
38environmentally beneficial project that a person subject to an
P3 1enforcement action voluntarily agrees to undertake in settlement
2of the action and to offset
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3(b) Each board, department, and office within the agency shall
4establish a policy on supplemental environmental projects that
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6policy shall include, but need not be limited to, all of the following:
7(1) A public process to solicit potential
8environmental projects from
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10(2) Allowing the amount of a supplemental environmental
11project to be up to 50 percent of the enforcement action brought
12under the jurisdiction of a board, department, or office within the
14(3) An annual list of supplemental environmental projects that
15may be selected to settle a portion of an enforcement action under
16the jurisdiction of a board, department, or office within the agency.
20(c) The Secretary for Environmental Protection shall consolidate
21the projects compiled pursuant subdivision (b) into one list and
22post that list on the agency’s Internet Web site.