Job Killer Watch: CalChamber Identifies 18th Job Killer Bill

Contact: Denise Davis

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Chamber of Commerce today added SB 654 (de León) to its job killer list, bringing the total number of bills on the list to 18.

SB 654 (de León) would deem hazardous waste permit applications in violation of the law per se – absent any due process protections – solely because the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) failed to act on a permit application within a specified timeframe. The bill would impose an automatic legal violation on the permit applicant even if the permit applicant has acted diligently and in good faith throughout the entire permit application process.

According to CalChamber’s letter of opposition, the type of public policy SB 654 (de León) would create is “legally unsupportable and discourages investment in upgrading and improving in-state hazardous waste facilities, where environmental and other treatment, storage and disposal protocols are far more rigorous in comparison to those in other states.”

Further, CalChamber states, “SB 654 imposes arbitrary and unworkable timing requirements with respect to hazardous waste permit processing. The bill is substantially flawed both as a legal and policy matter.”

SB 654 (de León) is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee tomorrow.

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