TOXIC CHEMICAL DISCHARGE PUBLIC AGENCIES. LEGISLATIVE STATUTE. The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Proposition 65) prohibits businesses from discharging or releasing into water chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity, and requires warnings to persons exposed to such chemicals. This measure extends to public agencies, other than publicly owned water systems, the discharge and release prohibition and warning requirement. Exempts specified public agencies from discharge and release prohibition during public emergency, to protect public health, specified storm water or runoff situations, other circumstances. Exempts specified public agencies from clear and reasonable warning requirements during emergency. SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE ANALYST'S ESTIMATE OF STATE NET AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT FISCAL IMPACT: Beginning in 1991, unknown state and local government costs, which could exceed $1 million in first year, for posting signs and providing notices warning employees and public about exposures to toxic chemicals. Thereafter, ongoing state and local government costs, which may be less than the first year. Beginning in 1992, unknown costs could result from preventing discharges into drinking water. Amount of costs would depend upon extend existing waste discharge controls used at state and local governmental facilities are not sufficient to comply with discharge prohibitions of Proposition 65, and could be tens of millions of dollars.
Legislative Vote Results
Final Votes Cast by the Legislature on SB 165 (Proposition 141) Assembly -- Ayes, 52; Noes, 13 -- Senate -- Ayes, 34; Noes, 3
Popular Vote Results
Y: 3332755; A: 48.47; N: 3542894; B: 51.53
Senator Quentin L. Kopp, State Senator, Independent -- 8th District; Assemblyman Lloyd G. Connelly, Member of the Assembly, 6th District; Richard Gann, President, Paul Gann's Citizens Committee
Stanley E. Sprague, Chairman, California Water Resources Association; Le Val Lund, Chairman, Water Quality Task Force, Association of California Water Agencies; John M. Gaston, Chairman, Safe Drinking Water Committee California-Nevada Section, American Water Works Association
Rebuttal Against Author
Senator Quentin L. Kopp, State Senator, Independent -- 8th District; Ron Linden, Chairman, Citizens for Safe Drinking Water -- Sacramento; Mark S. Pollock, Past Chairman, Consumer & Environmental Protection Council, California District Attorneys Association
TOXIC CHEMICAL DISCHARGE. PUBLIC AGENCIES. LEGISLATIVE STATUTE. California Proposition 141 (1990).