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California: Senate Advances "Baseline" Bill Intended to Compensate for "Roll-Backs" of Federal Environmental and Safety Standards

Last month, California's legislature advanced Senate Bill ("SB" or "Bill") SB-1 to the Assembly. The Bill is intended to ensure that California's health and safety standards remain as rigorous as those in place on January 17, 2017, during the Obama Administration. SB-1 would require state agencies to monitor various federal standards and amend California's standards to remain as stringent as the Obama-Era "baseline" when federal roll-backs under the current Administration occur. It would also allow citizens to file suit to enforce "baseline" federal and state standards if such standards are weakened.

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Scott Elliot, Katten Law Firm, Houston, Health and Environmental Law Attorney

Scott Elliott advises a wide range of clients on environmental, health and safety issues. Scott routinely counsels clients in the chemical and energy industries on matters involving major industrial accidents, crisis response, process safety incidents and workplace fatalities. Scott counsels clients with regards to compliance obligations under the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s Risk Management Program (RMP) regulations issued under the Clean Air Act (CAA), and Process Safety Management (PSM) program regulations by the Occupational Safety & Health...