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League Supports Two Bills to Address State Water Resources Control Board Concerns

April 6, 2012

The League is supporting two recently introduced bills by Sen. Rod Wright (D-Los Angeles) that provide additional communication with State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) staff and members during the drafting and updating of statewide water quality permits.


SB 964 would limit the circumstances under which the SWRCB is exempt from the Administrative Procedures Act (APA). Specifically, this measure would require the SWRCB to adopt regulations using the procedural safeguards set forth in the APA whenever it issues, denies, or revokes waste discharge requirements, general permits and waivers that apply on a statewide, region wide or industry wide basis. Under this bill, SWRCB would be required to evaluate the cost impacts to those affected by the action when it issues the general permit.

SB 965 would promote greater transparency during permit development by clarifying that there is no prohibition on ex parte communications between members of SWRCB or the California Regional Water Quality Control Boards, and the regulated community in connection with permit proceedings, including those involving the issuance or modification of general storm water permits.

Both bills will be before the Senate Environmental Quality Committee on April 16. City officials are encouraged to submit support letters on SB 964 and SB 965. Sample letters for the bills along with the League's support letters can be accessed on the League's website by typing the bill number into the search box.

For more information or questions, please contact Kyra Ross at (916) 658-8252.

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