Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez’s Bill to Raise Fine Cap on Heavy Industrial Polluters Passes Assembly

Monday, April 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez’s (D-Los Angeles) bill to raise the fine cap on heavy industrial polluters such as Exide passed the Assembly floor today with bipartisan support by a vote of 64 to 0.

Assembly Bill 249 will increase the maximum penalties that California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control can assess to match the maximum federal penalties for similar violations. "With uncertain times in Washington, D.C., California must pass AB 249 and uphold its commitment to all communities by making sure polluters receive a just penalty when prosecuted by any agency. This measure will help us avoid another toxic disaster like we experienced with Exide."

The bill now moves forward to the Senate and is part of a broader package of bills by California Assembly Democrats aimed at reforming DTSC in the wake of repeated regulatory failures at the Exide plant in Los Angeles. A full fact sheet for AB 249 can be found here.

CONTACT: Gibran Maciel, (916) 319-2051

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 Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez represents the 51st Assembly District which includes the Northeast Los Angeles neighborhoods of Echo Park, Historic Filipinotown, Chinatown, Glassell Park, Montecito Heights, Monterey Hills, El Sereno, Highland Park, Mt. Washington, Lincoln Heights, City Terrace, Elysian Valley, Cypress Park, Eagle Rock, portion of Silver Lake, and unincorporated East Los Angeles.