News Worth Noting, legislative edition: Enviro groups and legislators respond to accomplishments (and not) of the legislative session

Clean-Water-LogoCalifornia Legislators’ Inconsistent Response to Plastic Pollution: Yesterday, the California Legislature failed by one vote to enact AB 1699 (Bloom) a ban on the use of plastic microbeads in personal care products. Meanwhile, SB 270 (Padilla) passed making California the second state in the nation to ban single use plastic grocery bags. According to Miriam Gordon, California Director of Clean Water Action, “passage of the single use plastic bag ban and the failure of the microbead ban by the California legislature makes no sense. Both bills are aimed at eliminating plastic pollution in the marine environment. Thousands of plastic microbeads are discharged to waterways every time someone washes facial and skin scrubs containing plastics down the drain.” … ”   Read more from Clean Water Action here: California Legislators’ Inconsistent Response to Plastic Pollution

nrdc-logoCalifornia Legislature Sends a Bumper Crop of  Environmental Legislation to Governor Brown for Signature: “Californians can breathe easier today knowing that the state legislature passed groundbreaking policies to protect public health and clean up our environment.  As the 2013-14 California Legislative session drew to a close early this morning, environmental and health groups – including the Natural Resources Defense Council, The Greenlining Institute, Communities for a Better Environment, Environment California, California League of Conservation Voters, Californians Against Waste, Sierra Club California, Environmental Defense Fund, Environmental Working Group, Coalition for Clean Air, Surfrider Foundation, Clean Water Action, Community Water Center, Blue Green Alliance, and Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment – celebrated big wins for clean air, clean transportation, coastal protection, chemical disclosure, healthy communities and clean water.  Environmental advocates and legislative champions worked together to deliver a host of new bills to the Governor’s desk … ”  Continue reading this press release from the NRDC here:  CA legislation wrap-up – 14 quotes from enviro groups

pavleyBills to modernize California’s water infrastructure system pass legislature:The California Senate gave final approval Thursday to legislation by Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) to encourage the capture and reuse of stormwater, one of a series of bills designed to create more reliable water supplies and make California’s water system more sustainable. … Senate Bill 985, approved 22-11 yesterday, improves the stormwater resource planning process to encourage the capture and use of stormwater and dry weather runoff. It requires stormwater resource plans to identify opportunities to use parks, school sites, government office buildings and complexes and other existing publicly owned lands to capture and reuse stormwater, among other requirements. Stormwater has the potential to supply up to 630,000 acre feet of water in Southern California and the Bay Area alone, roughly the equivalent of a year’s supply for the City of Los Angeles. … ”  Read more from Senator Pavley’s office here: Bills to modernize California’s water system pass Legislature

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About News Worth Noting:  News Worth Noting is a collection of press releases, media statements, and other materials produced by federal, state, and local government agencies, water agencies, and academic institutions, as well as non-profit and advocacy organizations.  News Worth Noting also includes relevant legislator statements and environmental policy and legal analyses that are publicly released by law firms.  If your agency or organization has an item you would like included here, please email it to Maven.

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