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California green energy bills target gas storage safety, protecting low-income communities

May 10, 2016

UtilityDive

May 5, 2016

By Robert Walton

The California Environmental Justice Alliance has issued its 2016 Environmental Justice Legislative Agenda, focusing on climate, land use, budget investments, power plant siting and natural gas storage, among other issues the group says have an outsized impact on disadvantaged communities

“Low-income communities and communities of color have borne a disproportionate burden of pollution for too long, and these policies will equitably reduce emissions in all communities while bringing good jobs to communities that most need them,” Strela Cervas, CEJA co-coordinator, said in a statement. “California needs a strong renewable energy mandate to get to 50% renewable energy by 2030 with a clear roadmap to transition off of fossil fuels.”

The slate of bills the group is focusing on includes 14 measures it supports and one it opposes: AB  2292, introduced by Assembly Member Richard Gordon, which would include additional indicators into the California Environmental Health Hazard Assessment’s California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool, CalEnviroScreen Version 2.0.

“These indicators are redundant and unattainable,” CEJA said. The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment “is already updating the tool and this bill results in legislative overreach since it is OEHHA that is charged with protecting public health through scientific evaluation,” the group said.

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