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June 18th, 2009 by Temple City Tribune
Assembly Bill 222, introduced by Assemblyman Anthony Adams which would encourage, enable and expedite the production of advanced, non-food derived biofuels, green electricity, and other biomass products, passed out of the Assembly today with broad bipartisan support.
“AB 222 will not only pave the way to turn garbage destined for a landfill into clean renewable energy but will bring desperately needed new jobs to our state,” said Adams. “California leads the world in the use of clean renewable energy and by producing more of that energy within our state we can create new, high paying jobs for our citizens.”
The uncertain permitting process for the citing and operation of conversion technology facilities discourages the use of these technologies in California. AB 222 will bring certainty to the permitting process while maintaining and strengthening current environmental protections, including CARB and CEQA regulations. Additionally, this bill will help California achieve the goals of its Renewable Portfolio Standard, Low Carbon Fuel Standard and Bioenergy Action Plan.
“Creating and bringing new jobs to our community is one of my top priorities, added Adams. “It’s important that we do everything in our power to entice and enable new industries to bring their businesses and jobs to our state.”
Assembly Bill 222 will now go to the Senate for consideration.