Blue Diamond Almond Facts September-October 2022


ALMOND ALLIANCE 2022 PRIORITY BILLS AB 1757 (C. Garcia/R. Rivas) California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: climate goal: natural and working lands. This bill requires the Natural Resources Agency, in collaboration with specified entities to determine on or before January 1, 2024, an ambitious range of targets for natural carbon sequestration, and nature-based climate solutions, that reduce greenhouse gas emissions for 2030, 2038, and 2045, to support state goals to achieve carbon neutrality and foster climate adaptation and resilience. Status: Signed and Chaptered. AB 2101 (Flora) California Carbon Sequestration and Climate Resiliency Project Registry: whole orchard recycling projects. This bill expands the list of projects that may be included on the registry to include whole orchard recycling projects. The bill defined “whole orchard recycling” to mean the onsite grinding or chipping of whole trees during orchard removal, and incorporation of the ground or chipped biomass into the topsoil prior to replanting. Status: Signed by Governor 7.19.22 AB 2146 (Bauer-Kahan) Neonicotinoid pesticides: prohibited nonagricultural. This bill beginning January 1, 2024, prohibits a person from selling, possessing, or using a neonicotinoid pesticide, except for use on an agricultural commodity. Status: Vetoed. AB 2183 (Stone) Agricultural labor relations. This bill would enable farm workers to choose, for the purpose of union elections, between the current practice of voting in-person at a physical location or utilizing a new option to vote by mailing or dropping off a ballot card to the relevant Agricultural Labor Relations Board office. Status: Signed and Chaptered. AB 2201 (Bennett) Groundwater sustainability agency: groundwater extraction permit. This bill requires a groundwater sustainability agency (GSA) in a critically over drafted basin to establish and implement a process to issue permits for groundwater extraction facilities within the GSA’s jurisdiction by July 1, 2023,

unless the facility is exempted due to groundwater being used for domestic, environmental, existing, or renewable energy purposes. Status: Died on the Assembly Floor. AB 2406 (Aguiarr-Curry) Intermodal marine terminals. This bill would also prohibit an intermodal marine container provider from imposing those charges, extended dwell charges, or commencing or continuing free time, as defined, on a motor carrier, as defined, beneficial cargo owner, or other intermediary relative to transactions involving cargo shipped by intermodal transport under certain circumstances. This bill would also prohibit an intermodal marine container provider from commencing or continuing free time if cargo is unavailable for retrieval and timely notice of cargo availability has not been provided. Status: Signed and Chaptered. AB 2550 (Arambula) State Air Resources Board: San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District: nonattainment. This bill would require the California Air Resources Board to undertake certain activities if the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District does not attain the National Ambient Air Quality Standards established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Status: Vetoed. AB 2836 (E. Garcia) Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program: vehicle registration fees: California tire fee. This bill extends from January 1, 2024, to January 1, 2033, the repeal date applicable to various provisions of law that authorize local air districts to collect a variety of fees to fund the Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program and the Waste Tire Management Program. Status: Signed and Chaptered. SB 260 (Wiener) Climate Corporate Accountability Act. This bill requires any U.S.-based business with annual revenues in excess of $1 billion and that does business in California to annually report the full range of greenhouse gas emissions attributable to the business, including direct emissions, electricity use, and indirect emissions from the business’s supply chain and other sources. The bill also



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