NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) proposes to amend Title 27, Cal. Code of Regulations, section 259031, to allow electronic service on the Attorney General’s offices for Notices of Violation. The text of the proposed amendment is attached to this notice.
OEHHA is requesting public comment concerning the proposed amendment to the regulation. A public hearing to present oral comments will be scheduled only upon request. Such a request must be submitted in writing no later than 15 days before the close of the comment period on October 18, 2011. The written request must be received by OEHHA at the address listed below no later than October 3, 2011. A notice for the public hearing, if one is requested, will be posted on the OEHHA web site at least ten days in advance of the hearing date. The notice will provide the date, time, location and subject matter to be heard. Notices will also be sent to those individuals requesting such notification.
Any written statements or arguments, regardless of the form or method of transmission, must be received by OEHHA by 5:00 p.m. on October 18, 2011, which is hereby designated as the close of the written comment period. Written comments regarding this proposed action may be sent by fax, mail or by e-mail addressed to:
Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
P. O. Box 4010
Sacramento, California 95812-4010
Comments sent by courier should be delivered to:
Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
1001 I Street, 23rd Floor
Sacramento, California, 95814
It is requested, but not required, that hard-copy statements or arguments be submitted in triplicate.
Inquiries concerning the action described in this notice may be directed to Fran Kammerer, Staff Counsel via e-mail at email@example.com, or via mail at OEHHA, P.O. Box 4010 Sacramento, California 95812-4010. Monet Vela is a back-up contact person for inquiries concerning processing of this action and is available at (916) 323-2517 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
INFORMATIVE DIGEST/POLICY STATEMENT OVERVIEW
Proposition 65 was enacted as a voters’ initiative on November 4, 1986, and codified at Health and Safety Code section 25249.5 et seq. OEHHA, within the California Environmental Protection Agency, is the state entity responsible for the implementation of Proposition 65. OEHHA has the authority to promulgate and amend regulations to further the purposes of Proposition 652. Proposition 65 requires a private person who brings an action in the public interest for violation of Proposition 65 to first give notice of the alleged violation to the alleged violator, the Attorney General, district attorneys, and certain city attorneys.
Currently, the district attorneys or district attorneys can receive the notice electronically, if they so elect, but the office of the Attorney General must be notified via U.S. Mail. The proposed amendments to Section 25903(c)(1) would allow electronic service on the Attorney General’s office.
Health and Safety Code section 25249.12.
Health and Safety Code sections 25249.5, 25249.6, 25249.10(c), 25249.11, and 25249.12
IMPACT ON LOCAL AGENCIES OR SCHOOL DISTRICTS
OEHHA has determined the proposed regulatory action would not impose a mandate on local agencies or school districts; nor does it require reimbursement by the State pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of the Government Code.
OEHHA has also determined that no nondiscretionary costs or savings to local agencies or school districts will result from the proposed regulatory action. Proposition 65 expressly does not apply to federal, state or local governmental agencies (Health and Safety Code section 25249.11(b)).
COSTS OR SAVINGS TO STATE AGENCIES
OEHHA has initially determined that no significant savings or increased costs to any State agency will result from the proposed regulatory action. Proposition 65 expressly does not apply to federal, state or local governmental agencies (Health and Safety Code section 25249.11(b)).
EFFECT ON FEDERAL FUNDING TO THE STATE
OEHHA has initially determined that no costs or savings in federal funding to the State will result from the proposed regulatory action.
EFFECT ON HOUSING COSTS
OEHHA has initially determined that the proposed regulatory action will have no effect on housing costs.
SIGNIFICANT STATEWIDE ADVERSE ECONOMIC IMPACT DIRECTLY AFFECTING BUSINESS, INCLUDING ABILITY TO COMPETE
OEHHA has made an initial determination that the adoption of the amendments to the regulation will not have a significant statewide adverse economic impact directly affecting businesses, including the ability of California businesses to compete with businesses in other states. The proposed regulation does not impose any new requirements upon private persons or businesses.
IMPACT ON THE CREATION, ELIMINATION, OR EXPANSION OF JOBS/BUSINESSES
OEHHA has initially determined that the proposed regulatory action will not have any impact on the creation or elimination of jobs, the creation of new businesses or the elimination of existing businesses, or the expansion of businesses currently doing business within the State of California.
COST IMPACTS ON REPRESENTATIVE PRIVATE PERSONS OR BUSINESSES
The OEHHA is not aware of any cost impacts that a representative private person or business would necessarily incur in reasonable compliance with the proposed action.
EFFECT ON SMALL BUSINESSES
OEHHA has determined that the proposed regulatory action will not impose any new or additional requirements on small businesses. Proposition 65 exempts businesses with less than 10 employees3.
CONSIDERATION OF ALTERNATIVES
Pursuant to Government Code section 11346.5(a)(13), OEHHA must determine that no reasonable alternative considered by OEHHA, or that has otherwise been identified and brought to the attention of OEHHA, would be more effective in carrying out the purpose for which Proposition 65 is proposed, or would be as effective and less burdensome to affected private persons than the proposed action.
AVAILABILITY OF STATEMENT OF REASONS AND TEXT OF PROPOSED REGULATIONS
OEHHA has prepared and has available for public review an Initial Statement of Reasons for the proposed regulatory amendments, all the critical information upon which the regulation is based, and the text of the proposed amendments to the regulation. A copy of the Initial Statement of Reasons and a copy of the text of the proposed regulation are available upon request from Monet Vela at the telephone number indicated above. These documents are also posted on OEHHA’s Web site at www.oehha.ca.gov.
AVAILABILITY OF CHANGED OR MODIFIED TEXT
The full text of any proposed regulation which is changed or modified from the express terms of the proposed action will be made available at least 15 days prior to the date on which OEHHA adopts the resulting regulation. Notice of the comment period on the changed proposed regulations and the full text will be mailed to individuals who testified or submitted oral or written comments at the public hearing, whose comments were received by OEHHA during the public comment period, and who request notification from OEHHA of availability of such change. Copies of the notice and the changed regulation will also be available at OEHHA’s web site at www.oehha.ca.gov.
FINAL STATEMENT OF REASONS
A copy of the Final Statement of Reasons may be obtained, when it becomes available, from OEHHA’s Monet Vela at the telephone number indicated above. The Final Statement of Reasons will also be available at OEHHA’s web site at www.oehha.ca.gov.
OFFICE OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH HAZARD ASSESSMENT
Chief Deputy Director
Dated: August 22, 2011
1All further references are to Title 27, California Code of Regulations, unless otherwise indicated.
2Health and Safety Code section 25249.12
3Health and Safety Code section 25249.11(b)