Water, Chemistry, and Waste Project

About This Project
Geographic focus: statewide

Main activity: legislative and administrative efforts, state regulatory agencies

The Water, Chemistry, and Waste Project focuses on statewide regulatory and legislative issues dealing with water, green chemistry, waste management, and hazardous materials. The project works closely with state regulatory agencies, administration officials and the Legislature to promote accountability, procedural streamlining and proactive, evidence based policies that can be successfully implemented. Project members are represented at a host of state agencies including the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), the Certified Unified Program Agencies (CUPA) Forum Board, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), the Department of Water Resources (DWR), the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), and the Ocean Protection Council (OPC), and other state agencies, as well as the California legislature.

Project Details

Project Manager: Dawn Koepke, McHugh, Koepke & Associates

Meeting Location: Sacramento, CA

Project Issues
  • Certified Unified Program Agencies (CUPAs)
  • Hazardous waste – facility post- closure and SB 1325, generator fees, e-manifesting, permitting
  • SB 673 implementation and cumulative impacts
  • Green chemistry and the Safer Consumer Products Program
  • DTSC Independent Review Panel
  • Water Quality Objectives (WQO), sediment quality objectives, beneficial uses
  • Stormwater capture, reuse, management and funding
  • Stormwater permitting (industrial and construction)
  • Water quality fees
  • Recycled water
  • Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW) discharges, toxicity testing
  • Dredge and fill procedures
  • Drought conservation
  • Proposition 65