New Law Fixes Hazardous Management Standards for Treated Wood Waste
On September 1, Governor Newsom signed UCON supported bill, AB 332 regarding treated wood waste (TWW) and hazardous waste management standards.
UCON worked with a broad coalition of stakeholders to successfully pass this bill and correct a serious issue that was created for our contractors when the alternative management standards (AMS) for TWW expired on December 31, 2020, as the result of the veto of SB 68 (Galgiani 2020).
The expiration of the AMS created considerable uncertainty regarding how TWW would be managed in California and left very few options for the disposal of hazardous treated wood waste. Furthermore, the limited options involved in managing treated wood waste, without the AMS in place and as a fully regulated hazardous waste, would have been procedurally more difficult and incredibly costly for our contractors.
The passage of AB 322 solves this problem by re-authorizing the same management standards for TWW that have been in Department of Toxic Substances Control regulations since 2008 and places them into statute.
Given that the statutory authority for the AMS expired on December 31, 2020, and the variances that DTSC is currently issuing are only good for a six month period, AB 332 includes an urgency clause so that the AMS will take effect immediately.