California Regulatory Notice Register

 
GAVIN NEWSOM, GOVERNOR                                                                      OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW

California Regulatory Notice Register
REGISTER 2021, NUMBER 2-Z          PUBLISHED WEEKLY BY THE OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW                          JANUARY 8, 2021

PROPOSED ACTION ON REGULATIONS
TITLE 2. FAIR POLITICAL PRACTICES COMMISSION
Conflict–of–Interest Code..................................................................................................... 17

Amendment
State:
  California State Transportation Agency
Multi–County:
  Caliber Schools
TITLE 14. OFFICE OF SPILL PREVENTION AND RESPONSE/DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
Non–tank Vessel Fee Increase — Notice File Number Z2020–1229–05..................................................... 18
TITLE 17. CALIFORNIA AIR RESOURCES BOARD
2020 State Area Designations — Notice File Number Z2020–1222–03..................................................... 20
TITLE 22/M P P. DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES
CalWORKs Reporting and Resource Limits — Notice File Number Z2020–1229–02...................................... 25
TITLE 27. OFFICE OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH HAZARD ASSESSMENT
Proposition 65 Short Form Warnings — Notice File Number Z2020–1229–01............................................. 28

GENERAL PUBLIC INTEREST
DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
California Endangered Species Act, Consistency Determination No. 2080–2020–011–01
Re: Lower Moffett Creek Scour — D E S Brokered Project................................................................... 31
FISH AND GAME COMMISSION
Notice of Receipt of Petition to Change Listing — Milo Baker’s Lupine.................................................... 35

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                                                                                                               Time-
                                                                                                               Dated
                                                                                                               Material
OFFICE OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH HAZARD ASSESSMENT
Hot Spots Trivalent Chromium R E L Document.............................................................................. 35

SUMMARY OF REGULATORY ACTIONS
Regulations filed with Secretary of State..................................................................................... 36

  The California Regulatory Notice Register is an official state publication of the Office of Administrative Law containing
notices of proposed regulatory actions by state regulatory agencies to adopt, amend or repeal regulations contained in the
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                                                             Director of the Commission, relative to review of the
         PROPOSED ACTION ON                                  proposed conflict–of–interest code(s). Any written
                                                             comments must be received no later than February 22,
            REGULATIONS                                      2021. If a public hearing is to be held, oral comments
                                                             may be presented to the Commission at the hearing.

Information contained in this document is                               COST TO LOCAL AGENCIES
published as received from agencies and is                     There shall be no reimbursement for any new or
      not edited by Thomson Reuters.                         increased costs to local government which may re-
                                                             sult from compliance with these codes because these
        TITLE 2. FAIR POLITICAL                              are not new programs mandated on local agencies by
                                                             the codes since the requirements described herein
        PRACTICES COMMISSION                                 were mandated by the Political Reform Act of 1974.
  NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Fair Political             Therefore, they are not “costs mandated by the state”
Practices Commission, pursuant to the authority              as defined in Government Code Section 17514.
vested in it by Sections 82011, 87303, and 87304 of
the Government Code to review proposed conflict–                          EFFECT ON HOUSING
of–interest codes, will review the proposed/amended                      COSTS AND BUSINESSES
conflict–of–interest codes of the following:
                                                               Compliance with the codes has no potential effect
        CONFLICT–OF–INTEREST CODES                           on housing costs or on private persons, businesses or
                                                             small businesses.
                   AMENDMENT
                                                                                 AUTHORITY
STATE: California State Transportation Agency
                                                               Government Code Sections 82011, 87303 and 87304
MULTI–COUNTY: Caliber Schools
                                                             provide that the Fair Political Practices Commission
   A written comment period has been established             as the code–reviewing body for the above conflict–of–
commencing on January 8, 2021 and closing on                 interest codes shall approve codes as submitted, revise
February 22, 2021. Written comments should be di-            the proposed code and approve it as revised, or return
rected to the Fair Political Practices Commission,           the proposed code for revision and re–submission.
Attention Amanda Apostol, 1102 Q Street, Suite 3000,
Sacramento, California 95811.                                                    REFERENCE
   At the end of the 45–day comment period, the pro-
posed conflict–of–interest code(s) will be submitted to        Government Code Sections 87300 and 87306 pro-
the Commission’s Executive Director for his review,          vide that agencies shall adopt and promulgate conflict–
unless any interested person or his or her duly autho-       of–interest codes pursuant to the Political Reform Act
rized representative requests, no later than 15 days pri-    and amend their codes when change is necessitated by
or to the close of the written comment period, a public      changed circumstances.
hearing before the full Commission. If a public hear-
ing is requested, the proposed code(s) will be submit-                            CONTACT
ted to the Commission for review.
   The Executive Director of the Commission will               Any inquiries concerning the proposed conflict–of–
review the above–referenced conflict–of–interest             interest code(s) should be made to Amanda Apostol,
code(s), proposed pursuant to Government Code                Fair Political Practices Commission, 1102 Q Street,
Section 87300, which designate, pursuant to                  Suite 3000, Sacramento, California 95811, telephone
Government Code Section 87302, employees who                 (916) 322–5660.
must disclose certain investments, interests in real
property and income.                                                 AVAILABILITY OF PROPOSED
   The Executive Director of the Commission, upon                   CONFLICT–OF–INTEREST CODES
his or its own motion or at the request of any interested
person, will approve, or revise and approve, or return         Copies of the proposed conflict–of–interest codes
the proposed code(s) to the agency for revision and re–      may be obtained from the Commission offices or
submission within 60 days without further notice.            the respective agency. Requests for copies from the
   Any interested person may present statements, ar-         Commission should be made to Amanda Apostol, Fair
guments or comments, in writing to the Executive             Political Practices Commission, 1102 Q Street, Suite
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3000, Sacramento, California 95811, telephone (916)                       AUTHORITY AND REFERENCE
322–5660.
                                                                   Government Code sections 8670.37.58, 8670.39,
                                                                 and 8670.41 grant the Administrator of O S P R the
       TITLE 14. OFFICE OF SPILL                                 authority to adopt regulations and guidelines for the
      PREVENTION AND RESPONSE/                                   proposed regulations.
       DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND                                      The proposed regulations implement, interpret and
                WILDLIFE                                         make specific Government Code sections 8670.37.54,
                                                                 8670.39, 8670.40, and 8670.41.
                Fund Administration                                       INFORMATIVE DIGEST/POLICY
                   (Section 870.17)                                          STATEMENT OVERVIEW
               Financial Responsibility
                 (Sections 791.7, 793)                           Existing Law
                                                                    The     Lempert–Keene–Seastrand           Oil    Spill
  Notice is hereby given that the Department of                  Prevention and Response Act (Act) of 1990 created
Fish and Wildlife, Office of Spill Prevention and                a comprehensive state program for the protection
Response (O S P R) proposes to amend sections 870.17,            of waters of the state from spills of oil and other
791.7, and 793, within subdivision 4 of title 14 of the          deleterious materials. The Act provides, in part, for
California Code of Regulations, pertaining to the fee            the development of oil spill contingency plans and a
assessed against non–tank vessels. O S P R invites               demonstration of financial responsibility by vessels
interested persons to present comments, statements,              arriving in California. Further, among its many
or arguments with respect to the proposed rulemaking             provisions, the Act created the Oil Spill Prevention
during the written comment period.                               and Administration Fund (O S P A F), funded by fees
                                                                 paid by such vessels.
                 PUBLIC HEARING                                     Under existing law (Government Code section
                                                                 8670.41), the Administrator for oil spill response
  As a result of the coronavirus pandemic and the
                                                                 shall charge a non–tank vessel owner or operator a
Executive Order of the Governor of California to
                                                                 reasonable fee based upon the Administrator’s costs to
protect public health by limiting public gatherings
                                                                 carry out the purposes of the Act. This fee is collected
and requiring physical distancing, O S P R has not
                                                                 at the time an application for financial responsibility is
scheduled a public hearing on this proposed action.
                                                                 submitted. A reduced fee for non–tank vessels which
  Pursuant to Government Code section 11346.8,                   pose a reduced risk of pollution may be charged.
O S P R will hold a virtual public hearing via electronic
                                                                 Policy Statement Overview and Anticipated Benefits
communication if a written request is received at the
                                                                 of the Proposed Action
address below from any interested person or his or
her authorized representative no later than fifteen (15)            These regulatory amendments are necessary
calendar days before the end of the 45–day comment               to increase the non–tank vessel fee and to make
period.                                                          corresponding changes to the non–tank vessel
                                                                 application for certificate of financial responsibility.
    SUBMISSION OF WRITTEN COMMENTS                               O S P R believes that the additional revenue generated
                                                                 from this fee increase would more appropriately
  Any interested person or his or her authorized                 approximate O S P R’s costs to continue to manage
representative may submit to O S P R written                     a comprehensive non–tank vessel program, which
comments relevant to the proposed regulatory action.             includes field monitoring and support of non–tank
The written comment period closes at 11:59 p.m.                  vessels, a drills and exercise program, financial
(Pacific Standard Time) on Monday, February                      responsibility program, a contingency planning
22, 2021. All written comments must be received                  program, and an accounting element to track and
by O S P R by then in order to be considered. Written            audit receipts. Benefits include additional funding to
comments may be submitted by mail or e–mail, as                  support governmental entities including public and
follows:                                                         local that depend upon O S P A F–supported programs
                                                                 such as the Oiled Wildlife Care Network, State Lands
   Department of Fish and Wildlife                               Commission, the San Francisco Bay Conservation
   Office of Spill Prevention and Response                       and Development Commission, and the Office of
   P.O. Box 944209                                               Environmental Health Hazard Assessment to name a
   Sacramento, California 94244–2090                             few. Non–monetary benefits include the protection of
   E–mail: OSPRRegulations@wildlife.ca.gov                       the environment through this increased funding.
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Evaluation of Inconsistency or Incompatibility with                   DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED
Existing Regulations                                                       BY REFERENCE
  The proposed regulations are not inconsistent
                                                                The following revised form is incorporated by ref-
or incompatible with existing regulations. After
                                                             erence in the financial responsibility regulations and
conducting a review for any regulations that relate to
                                                             is available on the O S P R website and upon request.
fees assessed against non–tank vessels, O S P R has
concluded none exist in California.                          ● Application for Certificate of Financial
                                                                  Responsibility for Owners or Operators of
                                                                  Nontank Vessels, Form DFW 1972 (Rev. 07/21).
      DETERMINATIONS REGARDING THE
            PROPOSED ACTION                                            RESULTS OF THE ECONOMIC
                                                                          IMPACT ASSESSMENT
  O S P R has made the following determinations, as
required by Government Code section 11346.5(a)(5),             Pursuant to Government Code sections 11346.2 and
(6), (7), (9) and State Administrative Manual section        11346.3, and State Administrative Manual section
6601:                                                        6601, with regard to the proposed regulations, O S P R
(a) Mandate upon local agencies and school districts:        determines the following:
    None.                                                    ● Whether this is a “major regulation”, having an
                                                                  economic impact on businesses and individuals
(b) Costs or savings to any state agency: None.                   exceeding $50,000,000 in any 12–month period
                                                                  between the date the regulation is estimated to
(c) Costs or savings to any local agency: None.
                                                                  be filed with the Secretary of the State through 12
(d) Costs or savings to any local agency or school                months after the regulation is fully implemented.
    districts which must be reimbursed in accordance              These are not considered “major regulations”
    with part 7, division 4 (commencing with section              because the economic impact assessment
    17500) of the Government Code: None.                          concludes that the impacts, summing both costs
(e) Other non–discretionary costs or savings                      and benefits, will be considerably less than $50
    imposed upon local agencies: None.                            million dollars annually.
                                                             ● Effects of the regulation on the creation or
(f) Costs or savings in federal funding to the state:             elimination of jobs within the State of California.
    None.                                                         None.
(g) Significant statewide adverse economic impact            ● Effects of the regulation on the creation of
    directly affecting business, including the ability of         new businesses or the elimination of existing
    California businesses to compete with businesses              businesses within the State of California. None.
    in other states:                                         ● Effects of the regulation on the expansion of
      The proposed fee increase would not significantly           businesses currently doing business within the
      impact non–tank vessel owners or operators as it            State of California. None.
      is an adjustment for inflation that has occurred       ● Benefits of the regulation to the health and
      since the fee was last increased in 2012. See               welfare of California residents, worker safety,
      analysis in the Economic and Fiscal Impact                  and the State’s environment.
      Statement (Form S T D 399) and its attachment.              The fee funds the non–tank vessel program,
                                                                  which supports the protection of the environment
(h) Cost a representative private person or
                                                                  and the public from the potential damages from
    business would necessarily incur in reasonable
                                                                  spills by ensuring that non–tank vessels develop
    compliance:
                                                                  oil spill contingency plans, demonstrate financial
      The cost a representative private person or                 responsibility, and participate in oil spill response
      business would incur with these proposed                    drills and exercises.
      regulations is minor. The vessels that pay the         ● Business Reporting Requirement. None.
      largest fee are those vessels that have the largest    ● Effect on small business
      carrying capacity and would experience a $500
      fee increase every other year.                              This regulatory action will not affect small
                                                                  business. None of the businesses affected are
(i)   Significant effect on housing costs: None.                  small businesses as described and defined by

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     sections 11346.3(b)(4)(A) or 11342.610 of the                       AVAILABILITY OF CHANGED OR
     Government Code.                                                          MODIFIED TEXT

                                                                   At the close of the 45–day comment period,
     CONSIDERATION OF ALTERNATIVES                               and considering all timely and relevant comments
                                                                 received, O S P R may adopt the proposed regulations
   In accordance with Government Code section                    substantially as described in this notice. If O S P R
11346.5, subdivision (a)(13), O S P R must determine             makes modifications which are sufficiently related to
that no reasonable alternative it considered, or that has        the originally proposed text, the modified text (with
otherwise been identified and brought to the attention           the changes clearly indicated) will be made available
of O S P R, would be more effective in carrying out the          to the public for at least 15 days prior to the date of
purpose for which the action is proposed, or would be            adoption. Any such modifications will also be posted
as effective and less burdensome to affected private             on O S P R’s website identified above. Please send
persons than the proposed action, or would be more               requests for copies of any modified regulations to the
cost–effective to affected private persons and equally           attention of the contact person(s) as indicated above.
effective in implementing the statutory policy or other          O S P R will accept written comments on the modified
provision of law.                                                regulations for 15 days after the date on which they are
                                                                 made available.
  O S P R invites interested persons to present
reasonable alternatives to the proposed regulations                       AVAILABILITY OF THE FINAL
during the written comment period                                          STATEMENT OF REASONS

                                                                   Upon its completion, the Final Statement of Reasons
    AVAILABILITY OF DOCUMENTS/O S P R
                                                                 will be available on O S P R’s website and may be
            CONTACT PERSON                                       requested from the contact person(s) named in this
                                                                 notice.
  O S P R will have the entire rulemaking file available
for inspection and copying by appointment only. As
of the date this notice is published in the California
                                                                        TITLE 17. CALIFORNIA AIR
Notice Register, the rulemaking file consists of this                      RESOURCES BOARD
notice, the modified text of the regulations, the Initial
Statement of Reasons, the Economic and Fiscal Impact              NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER
Statement (Form S T D 399), any other information                  PROPOSED 2020 AMENDMENTS TO AREA
upon which the rulemaking is based. For inquiries                  DESIGNATIONS FOR STATE AMBIENT AIR
concerning the regulatory process or to request an
                                                                           QUALITY STANDARDS
appointment to view and/or copy the rulemaking
documents identified above, please contact:                        The California Air Resources Board (CARB or
                                                                 Board) will conduct a public hearing at the date and
   Department of Fish and Wildlife                               time noted below to consider adoption of the proposed
   Office of Spill Prevention and Response                       2020 amendments to the regulations designating
   Attention: Christine Kluge                                    areas of California as Attainment, Nonattainment,
   1010 Riverside Parkway                                        Nonattainment–Transitional, or Unclassified for
   West Sacramento, California 95605                             pollutants with State ambient air quality standards.
   Phone: (916) 375–4676
   Email: Christine.Kluge@wildlife.ca.gov                           DATE: February 25, 2021

  The backup contact person is: Ryan Todd at (916)                  TIME: 9:00 a.m.
375–2077, or Ryan.Todd@wildlife.ca.gov.                            Please see the public agenda which will be posted
                                                                 ten days before the February 25, 2021 Board Meeting
             AVAILABILITY OF                                     for any appropriate direction regarding a possible
                                                                 remote–only Board Meeting. If the meeting is to be
        DOCUMENTS ON THE INTERNET                                held in person, it will be held at the California Air
                                                                 Resources Board, Byron Sher Auditorium, 1001 I
  This notice and related rulemaking documents                   Street, Sacramento, California 95814.
identified above can be accessed online on the Non–                This item will be considered at a meeting of the
Tank Vessel Fee webpage on O S P R’s website.                    Board, which will commence at 9:00 a.m., February
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25, 2021, and may continue at 8:30 a.m., on February            INFORMATIVE DIGEST OF PROPOSED
26, 2021. Please consult the agenda for the hearing,                    ACTION AND POLICY
which will be available at least ten days before                       STATEMENT OVERVIEW
February 25, 2021, to determine the day on which this            (Gov. Code, § 11346.5, subdivision (a)(3))
item will be considered.
                                                           Sections Affected: Proposed amendment to
      WRITTEN COMMENT PERIOD AND                           California Code of Regulations, title 17, sections
        SUBMITTAL OF COMMENTS                              60201 and 60210.
                                                           Background and Effect of the Proposed Regulatory
   In accordance with the Administrative Procedure         Action:
Act, interested members of the public may present            CARB is charged with the responsibility of adopting
comments orally or in writing during the hearing and       ambient air quality standards in consideration of the
may provide comments by postal mail or by electronic       public health, safety, and welfare (Health and Safety
submittal before the hearing. The public comment           Code [H&S C] section 39606). To date, CARB has
period for this regulatory action will begin on January    adopted State ambient air quality standards (State
8, 2021. Written comments not submitted during the         standards) for ten pollutants, set forth in the California
hearing must be submitted on or after January 8,           Code of Regulations (C C R), title 17, section 70200. In
2021, and received no later than February 22, 2021.        addition, H&S C section 39607(e) requires CARB to
Comments submitted outside that comment period are         establish designation criteria which provide the basis
considered untimely. CARB may, but is not required to,     for designating areas of California as Attainment or
respond to untimely comments, including those raising      Nonattainment with respect to the State standards.
significant environmental issues. CARB requests that       The designation criteria are set forth in C C R, title
when possible, written and email statements be filed       17, sections 70300 through 70306, and appendices
at least ten days before the hearing to give CARB staff    1 through 3 thereof. H&S C section 39608 further
and Board members additional time to consider each         requires CARB to establish and annually review area
comment. The Board also encourages members of the          designations, based on these designation criteria, for
public to bring to the attention of staff in advance of    State standards.
the hearing any suggestions for modification of the          CARB may also consider other changes to the
proposed regulatory action. Comments submitted in          sections affected, as listed below, during the course of
advance of the hearing must be addressed to one of         this rulemaking process.
the following:
   Postal mail:                                                  OBJECTIVES AND BENEFITS OF THE
     Clerks’ Office, California Air Resources Board               PROPOSED REGULATORY ACTION
     1001 I Street, Sacramento, California 95814
                                                              During the annual review, CARB determines
   Electronic submittal:                                   whether changes to the existing area designations
     https://www.arb.ca.gov/lispub/comm/bclist.php         are warranted based on an evaluation of recent air
                                                           quality data. The proposed amendments to the area
  Please note that under the California Public Records     designations classify the air quality in communities
Act (Gov. Code, § 6250 et seq.), your written and          as to whether it meets the State standards. Depending
oral comments, attachments, and associated contact         on the proposed changes to an area’s designation, the
information (e.g., your address, phone, email, etc.)       local air quality management district or air pollution
become part of the public record and can be released       control district (district) may be required to adopt and
to the public upon request.                                submit a plan to correct for deficiencies in meeting the
  Additionally, the Board requests but does not            State standards for ozone, carbon monoxide, nitrogen
require that persons who submit written comments to        dioxide, and sulfur dioxide. Districts may modify the
the Board reference the title of the proposal in their     emissions reduction strategy or alternative measure
comments to facilitate review.                             of progress in the plan if the district demonstrates
                                                           to CARB’s satisfaction that the modified strategy is
         AUTHORITY AND REFERENCE                           at least as effective in improving air quality as the
                                                           strategy in the plan.
  This regulatory action is proposed under the                The annual review and update of the area designations
authority granted in California Health and Safety Code,    gives the public, businesses, and government an
sections 39600, 39601, 39607(e), 39608, and 40925.5.       indication of whether the health–based standards are
This action is proposed to implement, interpret, and       being met. This information allows the public to make
make specific sections 39607(e), 39608, and 40925.5.       more educated decisions regarding personal health
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and residency, as well as participation in outdoor              local air quality. As discussed above, depending on the
activities. In addition, businesses and government are          proposed changes to an area’s designation, a district
given the opportunity to make informed decisions                may be required to adopt and submit a plan to correct
regarding worker health and safety.                             for deficiencies in meeting the State standards for
Objectives:                                                     ozone, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and sulfur
   This year’s review of the area designations is               dioxide. As a result, indirect benefits to the quality
based on air quality data from 2017 through 2019.               of the physical environment may result if the district
The proposed amendments provide for the following               adopts or amends its regulations with a goal toward
changes:                                                        achieving the State standards.
● Ozone Area Designations (section 60201):                         Encouraging a regional approach to the State
                                                                ambient air quality, whenever possible. The proposed
     ○ Redesignate North Central Coast Air
                                                                designations by discrete areas allow each local district
           Basin as Attainment. This area is currently
                                                                to assess the air quality of individual areas and address
           designated as Nonattainment–Transitional.
                                                                their unique situations and needs. This approach
     ○ Redesignate Amador County in the                         allows each local district to identify the most cost–
           Mountain Counties Air Basin as                       effective, efficient, and acceptable approach to achieve
           Nonattainment–Transitional. This area is             the State standards.
           currently designated as Nonattainment.                  Consistency with the State goal of providing a
     ○ Redesignate Shasta County in the                         decent home and suitable living environment. The
           Sacramento Valley Air Basin as                       annual review and update of the area designations
           Nonattainment–Transitional. This area is             gives local districts an updated and more accurate
           currently designated as Nonattainment.               indication of whether the health–based standards are
     ○ Redesignate Santa Barbara County in                      being met. This information allows local districts
           the South Central Coast Air Basin as                 to make informed decisions regarding appropriate
           Nonattainment. This area is currently                actions to meet the State standards.
           designated as Attainment.                               Protection of worker safety. The annual review
● PM2.5 (fine particulate matter) Area Designations             and update of the area designations gives the public,
     (section 60210):                                           businesses, and government an updated and more
     ○ Redesignate the remainder of San                         accurate indication of whether the health–based
           Bernardino County (outside the county                standards are being met. This information also allows
           portion of the federal Southeast Desert              businesses and government the opportunity to make
           Modified Air Quality Management Area                 better informed decisions regarding worker health and
           (A Q M A) for Ozone) and those portions              safety.
           of Kern County, Los Angeles County, and
           Riverside County in the Mojave Desert                   COMPARABLE FEDERAL REGULATIONS
           Air Basin as Attainment. These areas are
           currently designated as Unclassified.                  There are no comparable federal or local regulations
                                                                that address area designations for the State standards.
Benefits:
   Environmental Justice. Some communities                         AN EVALUATION OF INCONSISTENCY OR
experience higher exposures to air pollutants, and it                INCOMPATIBILITY WITH EXISTING
is a priority of CARB to ensure that full protection                        STATE REGULATIONS
is afforded to all Californians. CARB’s designations
                                                                    (Gov. Code, § 11346.5, subdivision (a)(3)(D))
provide members of these communities with updated
information about the air quality of their communities            The proposed changes, as well as the process for
which, as stated, allows them to make more educated             affecting those changes, to the area designations
decisions regarding personal health and residency, as           are consistent and compatible with existing State
well as participation in outdoor activities.                    regulations.
   Safeguarding the quality of the physical environment.
                                                                  In proposing the designation changes, CARB has
An area’s designation status provides a classification
                                                                considered the data for record (defined in California
that assists local districts to more accurately assess

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Code of Regulations, title 17, section 70301(a)),1                      Code sections 40910–40930 and potentially create
which meet the representativeness and completeness                      costs to one local district, which are not reimbursable
criteria. The representativeness criteria are set forth in              by the State under Government Code, title 2, division
Appendix B to the Initial Statement of Reasons and in                   4, part 7 (commencing with section 17500), and cost
the California Code of Regulations, title 17, Division                  savings to other local districts by allowing suspension
3, Chapter 1, Subchapter 1.5, Article 3, Appendix                       of the reporting requirements under the Health and
1. The completeness criteria are also set forth in                      Safety Code sections 40910–40930. The proposed
Appendix B to the Initial Statement of Reasons and in                   regulatory action would not impose any other non–
the California Code of Regulations, title 17, Division                  discretionary costs or savings on local agencies.
3, Chapter 1, Subchapter 1.5, Article 3, Appendix 3.                    Housing Costs (Gov. Code, § 11346.5, subdivision
   In addition, CARB has considered the criteria for                    (a)(12)):
designating areas as Nonattainment (California Code                       The Executive Officer has also made the initial
of Regulations, title 17, section 70303), Nonattainment–                determination that the proposed regulatory action
transitional for pollutants other than ozone (California                would not have a significant effect on housing costs.
Code of Regulations, title 17, section 70303.1),                        Significant Statewide Adverse Economic Impact
Nonattainment–transitional for ozone (California                        Directly Affecting Business, Including Ability to
Code of Regulations, title 17, section 70303.5), and
                                                                        Compete (Gov. Code, §§ 11346.3, subdivision (a),
Attainment (California Code of Regulations, title 17,
                                                                        11346.5, subdivision (a)(7), 11346.5, subdivision
section 70304) in making these proposed designations.
                                                                        (a)(8)):
   During the process of developing the proposed
                                                                          The Executive Officer has made an initial
regulatory action, CARB conducted a search of any
                                                                        determination that the proposed regulatory action
similar regulations on this topic and concluded these
                                                                        would not have a significant statewide adverse
regulations are neither inconsistent nor incompatible
                                                                        economic impact directly affecting businesses,
with existing state regulations.
                                                                        including the ability of California businesses to
                                                                        compete with businesses in other states, or on
          DISCLOSURES REGARDING THE
                                                                        representative private persons.
             PROPOSED REGULATION
                                                                        Results of The Economic Impact Analysis/
Fiscal Impact/Local Mandate Determination                               Assessment (Gov. Code, § 11346.5, subdivision
Regarding the Proposed Action (Gov. Code,                               (a)(10)):
§ 11346.5, subdivisions (a)(5)&(6)):
                                                                            NON–MAJOR REGULATION: STATEMENT
   The determinations of the Board’s Executive
                                                                             OF THE RESULTS OF THE ECONOMIC
Officer concerning the costs or savings incurred by
public agencies and private persons and businesses in                            IMPACT ASSESSMENT (E I A)
reasonable compliance with the proposed regulatory
action are presented below.                                             Effect on Jobs/Businesses:
   Under Government Code section 11346.5,                                 The Executive Officer has determined that the
subdivisions (a)(5) and (a)(6), the Executive Officer has               proposed regulatory action would not affect the creation
determined that the proposed regulatory action would                    or elimination of jobs within the State of California,
not create costs or savings to any State agency and                     the creation of new businesses or elimination of
would not create costs or savings in federal funding to                 existing businesses within the State of California, or
the State. The proposed regulatory action would trigger                 the expansion of businesses currently doing business
reporting requirements under the Health and Safety                      within the State of California. A detailed assessment
                                                                        of the economic impacts of the proposed regulatory
1
  California Code of Regulations, title 17, section 70301(a) pro-       action can be found in the Economic Impact Analysis
vides: “Except as otherwise provided in this article, designations      in the Initial Statement of Reasons (I S O R).
shall be based on ‘data for record.’ (1) Data for record are those
data collected by or under the auspices of the state board or the         The area designations are labels that describe the
districts for the purpose of measuring ambient air quality, and         healthfulness of the air quality in each area. Because
which the Executive Officer or his or her delegate has determined       these regulations by themselves are simply labels of
comply with the siting and quality assurance procedures estab-          an area’s air quality, they do not contain any specific
lished in Part 58, Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations or other
equivalent procedures. (2) Any other data which are provided by         requirements for action, but may trigger or suspend
a district or by any other person will be data for record if the Ex-    the review, adoption, and submittal of a triennial plan
ecutive Officer or his or her delegate determines within 90 days        by a local district. As a result, in most cases they have
of submittal of complete supporting documentation that the data         no specific, direct economic impact. In general, this
comply with the siting and quality assurance procedures estab-
lished in Part 58, Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations or other       regional approach to categorizing air quality allows
equivalent procedures . . .”                                            each district to identify the most cost–effective and
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efficient approach to achieve the ambient air quality         representative private persons or businesses. CARB
standards. The change in ozone designation from               is not aware of any cost impacts that a representative
Attainment to Nonattainment for Santa Barbara                 private person or business would necessarily incur in
County would reinstate a reporting requirement for the        reasonable compliance with the proposed action.
Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District           Effect on Small Business (Cal. Code Regs., title 1,
and would result in costs to the District. Conversely,        § 4, subdivisions (a) and (b)):
the change in ozone designation from Nonattainment–              The Executive Officer has also determined under
Transitional to Attainment for the North Central Coast        California Code of Regulations, title 1, section 4, that
Air Basin would suspend a reporting requirement               the proposed regulatory action would not affect small
for that Air Basin and would result in cost savings.          businesses because the proposed regulatory actions
For Shasta County in the Sacramento Valley Air                are simply labels of an area’s air quality; they do not
Basin and Amador County in the Mountain Counties              contain any specific requirements for action, other
Air Basin, the change in ozone designation for both           than triggering the review, adoption, and submittal of
from Nonattainment to Nonattainment–Transitional              a triennial plan by the local district. As a result, they
could suspend some reporting requirements and                 have no specific, direct impact on small businesses.
could result in cost savings. The change in PM2.5
designation from Unclassified to Attainment for the           Consideration of Alternatives (Gov. Code, § 11346.5,
portion of San Bernardino County outside the federal          subdivision (a)(13)):
Southeast Desert Modified A Q M A for Ozone as                   Before taking final action on the proposed regulatory
well as those portions of Kern County, Los Angeles            action, the Board must determine that no reasonable
County, and Riverside County in the Mojave Desert             alternative considered by the Board, or that has
Air Basin would not result in any change in reporting         otherwise been identified and brought to the attention
requirements.                                                 of the Board, would be more effective in carrying out
   In addition, the annual review and update of the           the purpose for which the action is proposed, would
area designations gives the public an indication of           be as effective and less burdensome to affected private
whether the health–based standards are being met,             persons than the proposed action, or would be more
thereby allowing the public to make more educated             cost–effective to affected private persons and equally
decisions regarding personal health and residency,            effective in implementing the statutory policy or other
as well as participation in outdoor activities. These         provisions of law.
personal health and residency decisions may translate
into cost savings from reduced medical expenses,                        ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS
hospitalizations, and time off from work, as well
as improved psychological benefits. It also allows              CARB, as the lead agency under the California
businesses and government the opportunity to make             Environmental Quality Act (C E Q A), has reviewed
informed decisions about worker health and safety.            the proposed regulation and concluded that
These business and government decisions may also              this is exempt pursuant to C E Q A Guidelines
translate into cost savings from reduced workers’             §15061(b)(3) because it can be seen with certainty
expenses such as medical expenses, hospitalizations,          that there is no possibility that the proposed action
time off from work, and worker’s compensation, as             may result in significant adverse impact on the
well as improved worker morale.                               environment. A brief explanation of the basis for
                                                              reaching this conclusion is included in Section VII of
Benefits of the Proposed Regulation:                          the Initial Statement of Reasons (I S O R).
   The objective of the proposed regulatory action is
to review and update the area designations which give             SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION REQUEST
the public, businesses, and government an indication
of whether the health–based standards are being met.            Consistent with California Government Code
   A summary of these benefits is provided above              section 7296.2, special accommodation or language
in “Objectives and Benefits” under the Informative            needs may be provided for any of the following:
Digest of Proposed Action and Policy Statement                ● An interpreter to be available at the hearing;
Overview Pursuant to Government Code section                  ● Documents made available in an alternate format
11346.5, subdivision (a)(3) discussion above.                      or another language; and
Cost Impacts on Representative Private Persons                ● A disability–related reasonable accommodation.
or Businesses (Gov. Code, § 11346.5, subdivision                To request these special accommodations or
(a)(9)):                                                      language needs, please contact the Clerks’ Office at
   In developing this regulatory proposal, CARB               (916) 322–5594 as soon as possible, but no later than
staff evaluated the potential economic impacts on             ten business days before the scheduled Board hearing.
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T T Y/T D D/Speech to Speech users may dial 711 for          The Board staff has compiled a record for this
the California Relay Service.                                rulemaking action, which includes all the information
  Consecuente con la sección 7296.2 del Código de            upon which the proposal is based. This material is
Gobierno de California, una acomodación especial             available for inspection upon request to the contact
o necesidades lingüísticas pueden ser suministradas          persons.
para cualquiera de los siguientes:
● Un intérprete que esté disponible en la audiencia;                      HEARING PROCEDURES
● Documentos disponibles en un formato alterno u
                                                               The public hearing will be conducted in accordance
     otro idioma; y
                                                             with the California Administrative Procedure Act,
● Una acomodación razonable relacionados con                 Government Code, title 2, division 3, part 1, chapter
     una incapacidad.                                        3.5 (commencing with section 11340).
  Para solicitar estas comodidades especiales o                Following the public hearing, the Board may take
necesidades de otro idioma, por favor llame a la             action to approve for adoption of the regulatory
oficina del Consejo al (916) 322–5594 o envié un fax a       language as originally proposed, or with non–
(916) 322–3928 lo más pronto posible, pero no menos          substantial or grammatical modifications. The
de 10 días de trabajo antes del día programado para          Board may also approve for adoption the proposed
la audiencia del Consejo. T T Y/T D D/Personas que           regulatory language with other modifications if the
necesiten este servicio pueden marcar el 711 para el         text as modified is sufficiently related to the originally
Servicio de Retransmisión de Mensajes de California.         proposed text that the public was adequately placed on
                                                             notice and that the regulatory language as modified
          AGENCY CONTACT PERSONS                             could result from the proposed regulatory action.
                                                             If this occurs, the full regulatory text, with the
  Inquiries concerning the substance of the proposed         modifications clearly indicated, will be made available
regulatory action may be directed to the agency              to the public, for written comment, at least 15 days
representative, Jenette Kwong, Air Resources                 before final adoption.
Engineer, Air Quality Analysis Section, at (916) 324–          The public may request a copy of the modified
9460 or (designated back–up contact) Theresa Najita,         regulatory text from CARB’s Public Information
Air Pollution Specialist, Central Valley Air Quality         Office, Air Resources Board, 1001 I Street, Visitors
Planning Section, at (916) 282–6295.                         and Environmental Services Center, First Floor,
                                                             Sacramento, California, 95814.
        AVAILABILITY OF DOCUMENTS

  CARB staff has prepared a Staff Report: the I S O R                      FINAL STATEMENT OF
for the proposed regulatory action, which includes a                      REASONS AVAILABILITY
summary of the economic and environmental impacts
                                                               Upon its completion, the Final Statement of Reasons
of the proposal. The report is entitled: “Proposed 2020
                                                             (F S O R) will be available and copies may be requested
Amendments to Area Designations for State Ambient
                                                             from the agency contact persons in this notice or may
Air Quality Standards.”
                                                             be accessed on CARB’s website listed below.
  Copies of the I S O R and the full text of the proposed
regulatory language, in underline and strikeout format
                                                                             INTERNET ACCESS
to allow for comparison with the existing regulations,
may be accessed on CARB’s website listed below,                 This notice, the I S O R and all subsequent regulatory
or may be obtained from the Public Information               documents, including the F S O R, when completed,
Office, California Air Resources Board, 1001 I Street,       are available on CARB’s website for this rulemaking
Visitors and Environmental Services Center, First            at https://ww2.arb.ca.gov/rulemaking/2021/sad2020.
Floor, Sacramento, California, 95814, on January 5,
2021. Because of current travel, facility, and staffing
restrictions, the California Air Resources Board’s               TITLE 22/M P P. DEPARTMENT OF
offices may have limited public access. Please contact                  SOCIAL SERVICES
Bradley Bechtold, Regulations Coordinator, at bradley.
bechtold@arb.ca.gov or (916) 322–6533 if you need            				                                   ORD #0520–03
physical copies of the documents.                            CalWORKs Reporting and Resource Limits
  Further, the agency representative to whom                   California Department of Social Services (C D S S)
nonsubstantive inquiries concerning the proposed             hereby gives notice of the proposed regulatory action(s)
administrative action may be directed is Bradley             described below. Any person interested may present
Bechtold, Regulations Coordinator, (916) 322–6533.           statements or arguments relating to the proposed
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regulations in writing, e–mail, or by facsimile to the                              CHAPTERS
address, e–mail address, or numbers listed below. All
comments must be received by February 23, 2021.                  Manual of Policies and Procedures (M P P) sections
                                                               42–201, 42–207, 42–211, 42–213, 42–215, 44–111, 44–
  Following the close of the public notice, C D S S            113, 44–207 and 44–316.
may thereafter adopt the proposals substantially
as described below or may modify the proposals                          INFORMATIVE DIGEST/POLICY
if the modifications are sufficiently related to the                       STATEMENT OVERVIEW
original text. Except for nonsubstantive, technical, or
grammatical changes, the full text of any modified                These proposed regulations make the following
proposal will be available for 15 days prior to its            changes to the California Work Opportunity and
adoption to all persons who submit written comments            Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program:
during the public comment period and all persons who           ● Increases the Earned Income Disregard (E I D) and
request notification on this proposal. Please address               Disability–Based Unearned Income Disregards
requests for regulations as modified to the agency                  (D B I) used to calculate grant amounts from $225
contact identified below.                                           to $500, initially, followed by additional increases
   Copies of the express terms of the proposed                      to $550 one year after the first increase, and to
regulations and the Initial Statement of Reasons are                $600 two years after the initial increases;
available from the office listed below. This notice,           ● Replaces the 3–tier Income Reporting Threshold
the Initial Statement of Reasons and the text of                    (I R T) system with a 2–tier system; the existing
the proposed regulations are available on C D S S’                  Tier 2 I R T will be replaced with the existing Tier
emergency regulations page (https://www.cdss.                       3 I R T, which is 130 percent of the Federal Poverty
ca.gov/inforesources/letters–regulations/legislation–               Level (F P L), or the amount likely to render a
and–regulations/regulations–home –page/cdss–                        recipient ineligible for federal Supplemental
regulation–changes–in–process–and–completed–                        Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits
regulations/emergency–regulations). Additionally, all               (known as CalFresh in California);
the information which C D S S considered as the basis          ● Allows recipient Assistance Units (A Us) to
for these proposed regulations (i.e., rulemaking file)              maintain CalWORKs eligibility until their gross
is available for public reading at the address listed               income exceeds the new Tier 2 I R T;
below. Following the public notice period, copies of           ● Increases the maximum resource limit from
the Final Statement of Reasons will also be available               $2,250 to $10,000, or $15,000 for A Us that
at the following address:                                           include a member who is 60 years of age or older
                                                                    or disabled; and
                     CONTACT                                   ● Increases the maximum equity value of any
                                                                    nonexempt motor vehicle from $9,500 to $25,000.
                                                                  These changes are a result of Senate Bill (S B) 80
   California Department of Social Services                    (Chapter 27, Statutes of 2019), effective June 1, 2020,
   Office of Regulations Development                           or when the C D S S notifies the Legislature that the
   744 P Street, MS 8–4–192                                    Statewide Automated Welfare Systems (SAWS) can
   Sacramento, C A 95814                                       perform the necessary automation, whichever is later.
   Tel: (916) 657–2586, Fax: (916) 654–3286                       These proposed regulations increase the disability–
   Email: ord@dss.ca.gov                                       based unearned income and earned income disregards
                                                               from $225 to $500 effective June 2020, from $500
                                                               to $550 effective June 2021, and from $550 to $600
   Contact Person: Kenneth Jennings (916) 657–2586             effective June 2022. The 50 percent disregard on the
   Backup: Oliver Chu (916) 657–2586                           remaining earned income remains unchanged. Income
                                                               disregards are used in the calculation of CalWORKs
  C D S S has not scheduled a public hearing on this           grants. When calculating the amount of the grant,
proposed action. However, C D S S will hold a public           some of the income is not counted, or disregarded.
hearing if it receives a written request for a public          By disregarding more income, more applicants and
hearing from any interested person, or his or her              recipients will be eligible for CalWORKs, allowing
authorized representative, no later than 15 days before        them access to supportive services and longer
the close of the written comment period. Any request           engagement with the program, allowing them to
should be made to the contact information provided             achieve more economic balance prior to exit, and
above.                                                         effectively create a bridge to stability.
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   These proposed regulations revise the CalWORKs               regulations only affect recipients of the CalWORKs
I R T for better alignment with the CalFresh I R T, as          program.
the majority of CalWORKs families are also enrolled             Consistency:
in CalFresh. The three–tier system will be replaced                C D S S conducted a review of existing regulations
by a two–tier system. The Tier 1 I R T will remain the          and evaluated the proposed regulations for any
same, and the existing CalWORKs Tier 2 I R T will               inconsistency or incompatibility. C D S S has found
be replaced with the existing CalWORKs Tier 3 I R T,            that these are the only regulations concerning the
which is 130 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (F P L),      I R T, E I D, D B I, resource limits, and equity value
or the amount likely to render a recipient ineligible for       of vehicles in CalWORKs. Therefore, the proposed
federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program               regulations are neither inconsistent nor incompatible
(SNAP) benefits (known as CalFresh in California).              with existing state regulations but do fulfill the intent
   The I R T is the level of income that triggers the           of the legislature in enacting S B 80.
need for a CalWORKs assistance unit (A U) to report             Incorporation by Reference:
a mid–period change in income. A Us with income
over I R T will have their benefits lowered or stopped.            This regulatory action does not incorporate
Replacement of the CalWORKs Tier 2 I R T with the               documents by reference.
higher CalWORKs Tier 3 I R T allows recipients to
receive aid for a longer period of time, reflecting a                             COST ESTIMATE
positive step toward mitigating the far–reaching and
long–lasting effects of poverty. This provision of S B          1.    Costs or Savings to State Agencies: None.
80 supports increased economic gains and mobility               2.    Costs to Local Agencies or School Districts
opportunities among employed CalWORKs recipients,                     Which Must Be Reimbursed in Accordance with
and improves alignment with updates to the minimum                    Government Code Sections 17500–17630: None.
wage. CalWORKs families will receive additional                 3.    Nondiscretionary Costs or Savings to Local
support through longer engagement with the program                    Agencies: None.
and allow them to achieve more economic balance                 4.    Federal Funding to State Agencies: None.
prior to exit, and effectively create a bridge to stability.
   These proposed regulations increase the maximum                       LOCAL MANDATE STATEMENT
asset and vehicle value limits for CalWORKs
applicants and recipients. The maximum equity value               These regulations do not impose a mandate upon
of any non–exempt motor vehicle will be $25,000 for             local agencies or on school districts. There are no
all applicants and recipients. The maximum resource             “state–mandated local costs” in these regulations
limit will be $10,000, or $15,000 for A Us that include         which require state reimbursement under Government
a member who is 60 years of age or older or disabled.           Code section 17500 et seq.
These changes will allow families to save money
and build assets without fear of losing eligibility for              STATEMENT OF SIGNIFICANT ADVERSE
CalWORKs benefits.                                                      ECONOMIC IMPACT ON BUSINESS
Benefits:
   The benefits of the regulatory action to the health            C D S S has made an initial determination that
and welfare of California residents, worker safety,             the proposed action will not have a significant,
and the state’s environment are as follows: These               statewide adverse economic impact directly affecting
amended regulations that reflect the increased Earned           businesses, including the ability of California
Income Disregard (E I D) and resource and vehicle               businesses to compete with businesses in other states.
value limits, and replacement of the CalWORKs Tier              This determination was made based on the proposed
2 I R T with the CalWORKs Tier 3 I R T present a                regulatory action, which was designed to impact only
positive step toward mitigating the far–reaching and            the CalWORKs population to aid and strengthen needy
long–lasting effects of poverty. These provisions of            families towards achieving economic self–sufficiency.
S B 80 support increased economic gains and mobility
opportunities among employed CalWORKs recipients,                    STATEMENT OF POTENTIAL COST IMPACT
and improve alignment with updates to the minimum                      ON PRIVATE PERSONS OR BUSINESSES
wage. These increases will assist CalWORKs families
with additional supports through longer engagement                C D S S is not aware of any cost impacts that a
with the program by allowing them to achieve more               representative private person or business would
economic balance prior to exit, and effectively create          necessarily incur in reasonable compliance with the
a bridge to stability. There are no additional benefits         proposed action. This regulatory action is designed to
for worker safety or the state’s environment, as the            impact only the CalWORKs population in order to aid
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and strengthen needy families and there are no known                AUTHORITY AND REFERENCE CITATIONS
expected costs associated to the individuals.
                                                                  Welfare and Institutions Code sections 10553,
                                                                10554, 10604, 11265, 11450, 11451, 11155, and 18900;
    SMALL BUSINESS IMPACT STATEMENT
                                                                S B 80 (Chapter 27, Statues of 2019); 34 C F R VI.

  C D S S has determined that there is no impact                             EMERGENCY STATEMENT
on small businesses because these regulations are
only applicable to state and county agencies. These               These regulations are to be adopted on an emergency
regulations are mandated by S B 80 and are only                 basis. To allow interested persons an opportunity to
applicable to CalWORKs applicants and recipients;               submit statements or arguments concerning these
therefore, they do not have a cost impact on the private        regulations noticed to the public for a minimum of 45
sector, including small businesses.                             days in accordance with Government Code Section
                                                                11346.4.
         STATEMENT OF RESULTS OF
       ECONOMIC IMPACT ASSESSMENT                                          TITLE 27. OFFICE OF
                                                                         ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
  The adoption of the proposed amendments will                             HAZARD ASSESSMENT
neither create nor eliminate jobs in the State of
California nor result in the elimination of existing
businesses or create or expand businesses in the State               SAFE DRINKING WATER AND TOXIC
of California. The implementation of this regulatory                    ENFORCEMENT ACT OF 1986
action will benefit CalWORKs applicants and                                  PROPOSITION 65
recipients. There are no additional benefits for worker
safety or the state’s environment, as the regulations               PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO ARTICLE 6
only affect individuals receiving or applying for                    CLEAR AND REASONABLE WARNINGS
CalWORKs benefits.
                                                                  NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Office of
           STATEMENT OF EFFECT ON                               Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (O E H H A)
               HOUSING COSTS                                    proposes to amend certain sections of Article 6 of
                                                                Title 27 of the California Code of Regulations.1
                                                                O E H H A adopted new Article 6 Clear and Reasonable
  The proposed regulatory action will have no effect            Warnings regulations in August 2016, which became
on housing costs.                                               operative in August 2018. The Article 6 regulations
                                                                adopted safe harbor warning methods and content for
              STATEMENT OF                                      consumer product exposures that included provisions
         ALTERNATIVES CONSIDERED                                for a short–form warning. However, there has been
                                                                widespread use of short–form warnings in ways that
                                                                were not intended and do not further the purposes of
  In developing the regulatory action, C D S S did not          Proposition 65. O E H H A has also received numerous
consider alternatives because regulations for Welfare           inquiries from businesses seeking clarification as to
and Institutions Code (WIC) sections 11155, 11265.3,            whether the short–form warning could be used to
and 11451.5 are required by S B 80, Sections 34, 41,            provide safe harbor warnings for food products, and for
42, 59 and 60. C D S S is legally bound to develop              additional guidance on the safe harbor warning content
regulations for this WIC section.                               for short–form food warnings. O E H H A has therefore
   C D S S must determine that no reasonable alternative        determined that further amendments of certain
considered or that has otherwise been identified and            sections of Article 6 are necessary. This rulemaking
brought to the attention of C D S S would be more               includes amendments to Section 25601, Safe Harbor
effective in carrying out the purpose for which the             Clear and Reasonable Warnings — Method and
regulations are proposed or would be as effective as            Content; Section 25602, Consumer Product Exposure
and less burdensome to affected private persons than            Warnings — Methods of Transmission; Section 25603,
the proposed action, or would be more cost–effective            Consumer Product Exposure Warnings — Content;
to affected private persons and equally effective in
implementing the statutory policy or other provision            1
                                                                 All further references are to sections of Title 27, Cal. Code of
of law.                                                         Regs., unless indicated otherwise.

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