Projects

CCEEB’s regulatory and legislative strategies are executed through our issue-specific projects and task forces. Projects bring together members with our expert policy and advocacy staff to set priorities, raise concerns, and brainstorm solutions.

Principles

Our work operates on the following principles:

We support evidence-based policy positions, regardless of the politics.

We call for accurate, transparent, and understandable public information to support broad public participation.

We advocate for policies and programs that maximize environmental benefit in the most cost-effective way.

We aim to ensure clear compliance pathways and avoid overlapping, duplicative, and conflicting regulations.

We engage and listen to all stakeholders and promote shared understanding.

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We strike an appropriate balance between command-and-control and market-based programs.

Our Work

Projects

Air Project

The Air Project covers statewide regulatory and legislative air quality issues.

Details

Project Team

Kendra Daijogo, The Gualco Group, Inc.

Clifford Moriyama, The Gualco Group, Inc.

Jon Costantino, Tradesman Advisors

Meeting Frequency: Twice Monthly

About

Geographic focus: Statewide

Main activity: Legislative and administrative efforts, state regulatory agencies

CCEEB’s Air Project covers statewide regulatory and legislative air quality issues. The project works to ensure that local, state, and federal air quality requirements are integrated in ways that deliver public health benefits while maximizing cost-effectiveness and technological feasibility. The project seeks to ensure consistency across programs and reduce regulatory duplication, working closely with our regional air district projects.

The Air Project is also the lead for issues related to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and environmental justice. CCEEB members are represented on the statewide advisory body to CARB on AB 617, California’s Community Air Protection Program.

CCEEB represents members before the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and other state agencies, as well as at the legislature and the governor’s office.

Issues

  • Legislation on air quality, CEQA, and environmental justice
  • Advanced Clean Fleets and other zero emission rulemaking
  • Off-road engine rules and the Portable Equipment Registration Program
  • AB 617 Community Air Protection Program
  • Clean Air Act Implementation
  • Statewide air toxics and criteria pollutant reporting, including AB 2588 and CARB’s Criteria Pollutant and Toxics Emissions Reporting (CTR) Program
  • CalEPA’s CalEnviroScreen
  • CAPCOA efforts
  • CEQA Guidelines updates
  • Economic analyses for regulatory proceedings
  • Interagency engagement on air quality and zero-emission transportation
  • Air quality and mobile source incentive programs

Bay Area Project

The Bay Area Project covers proceedings before the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

Details

Project Manager: Christine Wolfe, CCEEB

Meeting frequency: Monthly

About

Geographic focus: San Francisco Bay Area

Main activity: Bay Area Air Quality Management District policies and programs

CCEEB’s Bay Area Project is engaged with policy development and implementation at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD). The project works to promote the application of sound science, transparency, and consistency in decisionmaking in the effort to realize emissions reductions. The project seeks to ensure that policy development at BAAQMD is consistent with federal, state, and local policy and balances improved public health outcomes, environmental protection and resiliency, and economic growth in the Bay Area.

CCEEB represents members before the BAAQMD Board of Directors, its Community and Technical Advisory Councils, as well as at public workshops and in rulemaking proceedings.

Issues

  • District rulemaking efforts and CEQA guidelines development
  • Planning and policy development related to fine particulate matter (PM2.5)
  • District-wide environmental justice policy development and implementation
  • Air toxics and criteria pollutant reporting
  • Rule 11-18 Implementation
  • New source review and permitting
  • Engine permitting and alignment with the statewide Portable Equipment Registration Program (PERP)
  • Economic analyses for regulatory proceedings
  • BAAQMD-related legislation

Climate Change Project

The Climate Change Project covers state-level climate policy, with a focus on the California Air Resources Board.

Details

Project Manager: Mikhael Skvarla, CA Lobby

Meeting frequency: Twice Monthly

About

Geographic focus: Statewide

Main activity: Legislative and administrative efforts, state regulatory agencies

CCEEB’s Climate Change Project works to ensure that California cost-effectively reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, minimizes leakage, and promotes the development of infrastructure needed to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045. The project seeks credible, peer-reviewed, and transparent economic evaluation of state programs. Consistent with CCEEB’s commitment to a balance between market-based and command-and-control programs, the project works to ensure the success of California’s Cap-and-Trade Program as well as complementary climate policies.

CCEEB represents members before the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and other state agencies, as well as at the legislature and the governor’s office.

Issues

  • Legislation on climate change, energy, and adaptation
  • Facilitating infrastructure buildout to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045
  • Decarbonization permit expediting
  • California’s Cap-and-Trade Program and linkages to other jurisdictions
  • Implementation of GHG emissions reporting protocols and procedures
  • Low Carbon Fuel Standard
  • SB 1383 and Short-Lived Climate Pollutant programs

South Coast Air Project

The South Coast Air Project covers proceedings before the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Details

Project Manager: Bill Quinn, CCEEB

Meeting frequency: Monthly

About

Geographic focus: South Coast Air Basin

Main activity: South Coast Air Quality Management District policies and programs

CCEEB’s South Coast Air Project works directly with the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) in its efforts to continuously improve the region’s air quality and public health. SCAQMD enforces some of the most stringent air pollution control regulations in the world, achieving significant emission reductions in one of the most populated urban areas in the United States. CCEEB works with SCAQMD to ensure the adoption of balanced, cost-effective policies that help to maintain a strong economy while working to achieve the region’s air quality goals.

CCEEB meets regularly with senior staff and represents members before the SCAQMD Board of Directors and in numerous proceedings and stakeholder groups, including the Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP) Advisory Committee, Budget Advisory Committee, RECLAIM and New Source Review Working Group, Permit Streamlining Task Force, and other priority meetings.

Issues

  • District rulemaking efforts and CEQA guidelines development
  • Air Quality Management Plan and State Implementation Plan
  • RECLAIM phase out and Regulation XX
  • Post-RECLAIM New Source Review
  • Best Available Control Technology and Best Available Retrofit Control Technology determinations
  • Facility based mobile source measures (e.g. indirect source rules and enforceable measures)
  • AB 617 Community Air Protection Plan implementation
  • Air toxics and criteria pollutant reporting, including Rule 1402 and Annual Emissions Reporting program
  • Permitting/permit streamlining
  • SCAQMD-related legislation

Water, Chemistry, and Waste Project

The Water Chemistry and Waste Project covers statewide regulatory dealing with water, green chemistry, waste management, and hazardous materials.

Details

Project Manager: Dawn Koepke, McHugh Koepke Padron Government Relations

Meeting frequency: Monthly

About

Geographic focus: Statewide

Main activity: Legislative and administrative efforts, state regulatory agencies

CCEEB’s 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 proceedings before 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), the Ocean Protection Council (OPC), and other state agencies, as well as the California legislature.

Issues

  • PFAS Chemicals and Chemicals of Emerging Concern
  • Generator Improvement Rule
  • Release, Spill Reporting Regulations, HMBP Reporting
  • Drought, Water Supply, Infrastructure, Permitting
  • SB 673 implementation and analysis of cumulative impacts and community vulnerability
  • Remediation and corrective actions, post-closure
  • Construction General Permit, Dewatering Permit, Industrial General Permit, Utility Vault General Permit, LA Regional Board Commercial Industrial & Institutional Permit
  • Constituents of Emerging Concern
  • Human Right to Water
  • Water Quality fees, objectives, MCLs, NLs, RLs
  • Underground Storage Tanks
  • Vapor Intrusion
  • Hazardous waste issues, including classification, inspections, treated wood, used oils, contaminated soils
  • DTSC reform and fees paid by generators and treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDF)
  • Single-Use Plastic EPR, SB 54 Regulatory Development
  • Certified Unified Program Agencies (CUPAs)
  • Imminent Threat, Facility Closures
  • Interagency Coordination
  • Proposition 65
  • Recycled water

Task Forces

Natural Resources Task Force

The Natural Resources Task Force covers legislative, regulatory, and permitting issues at the state and federal wildlife agencies.

Details

Project Manager: Jackson Gualco, The Gualco Group, Inc.

Regulatory Lead: Cliff Moriyama, The Gualco Group, Inc.

Meeting frequency: Monthly

About

Geographic focus: Statewide

Main activity: Legislative and administrative efforts, state regulatory agencies

CCEEB’s Natural Resources Task Force is engaged with legislative, regulatory, and permitting issues at the state and federal wildlife agencies. The Natural Resources Task Force focuses on natural resource policy and regulatory programs managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and other state agencies, as well as the California Legislature. The task force addresses linear projects, such as pipelines, transmission lines, water conveyance systems, and permit decision-making in relation to the protection of fish, wildlife, and their habitats. It also meets regularly with CDFW senior leadership and staff and monitors federal issues that create jurisdictional challenges in California.

Issues

  • State Wildlife Action Plan
  • California Endangered Species Act
  • Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreement and jurisdiction
  • Natural Community Conservation Planning Act
  • Budget, fees, and accountability/transparency
  • Permitting and enforcement
  • California Endangered Species Act Incidental Take Permit
  • Nesting birds and critical habitat
  • Western Joshua Tree Conservation Act
  • Conservation and Mitigation Banking

Transportation Energy Task Force

The Transportation Energy Task Force explores the nexus between transportation and energy in a carbon neutral economy.

Details

Task Force Facilitator: Darcy Wheeles, ArkSpring Consulting

Meeting Frequency: Monthly

About

Geographic Focus: Statewide

CCEEB’s Transportation Energy Task Force brings together medium- and heavy-duty fleets, facility owners and operators, energy providers, and utilities to explore the nexus between transportation and energy in a carbon neutral economy. The task force is not intended for direct advocacy, nor does it subscribe to any one technological pathway. Rather, it is meant as a forum for honest dialogue and information sharing between key stakeholders and thought leaders working collaboratively to remove implementation barriers and identify opportunities. Task force members share perspectives and case studies to accelerate lessons learned and investigate long-term infrastructure planning- and project-level issues as the state transitions to zero-emission vehicles and equipment.

Issues and Task Force Scope

The Task Force agenda spans the following topics:

  • Commercialization of heavy-duty battery electric vehicles, electrical system infrastructure, and grid reliability
  • Advancement of fuel cells for heavy-duty vehicles and industrial applications, and development of hydrogen supplies and infrastructure
  • Assessment of key regulatory programs
  • Role of renewable liquid fuels in a carbon-neutral transportation system
  • Incentives and attracting capital

Water Quality Task Force

The Water Quality Task Force supports the state and regional water boards on priority actions, efficient use of limited resources, and improvement of water quality outcomes.

Details

Project Managers: Gerald Secundy, The Secundy Group & Susan Paulsen, Exponent

About

Geographic focus: Statewide

Main activity: Legislative and administrative efforts, state regulatory agencies

CCEEB’s Water Quality Task Force supports resource alignment efforts at the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) by providing technical guidance to agency staff. Membership is comprised of municipal and regional governmental entities and businesses with experience administering water quality programs. The goals of the task force are to support the California water boards on priority actions, efficient use of limited resources, and improvement of water quality outcomes. These goals are critical for the development of reliable and sustainable water policies in a state challenged by drought and climate change.

Issues

  • SWRCB STORMs Advisory Committee
  • Implementation of CCEEB white paper recommendations
  • Policy for recycled water and related general permit
  • Municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4) permit implementation
  • Anti-Degradation Policy
  • Proposition 218, SB 213 funding
  • Regional Board Water Quality Control Plans (Basin Plans)
  • Implementation of statewide general permits for stormwater, Construction General Permit, and Industrial General Permit
  • Development of guidelines for economic analysis within state water quality programs
  • Identification of funding and implementation of financial capability assessments

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