AB 2153 (Cristina Garcia) Lead-Acid Battery Recycling

Summary: AB 2153 would create the Lead-Acid Battery Cleanup Fund to pay the cost of cleanup in areas in the state which have been contaminated by lead-acid batteries.

Position and Status: CAW is supporting

  • Passed Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials April 13th, 2016
  • Passed Assembly Appropriations June 2nd, 2016
  • Passed Assembly Floor June 2nd, 2016
  • Passed Senate Environmental Quality August 3rd, 2016
  • Passed Senate Appropriations August 11th, 2016
  • Next step: Senate Floor Vote

Description: AB 2153 will ensure that communities whom have been contaminated by lead-acid battery facilities are provided with the necessary funding needed for investigation and clean-up. While the recycling of lead acid batteries reduces the environmental and economic costs of mining for lead, it is important to ensure that the manufacturers of these batteries take responsibility for protecting the health of communities that are affected by lead contamination.

The Lead-Acid Battery Cleanup Fund will pay for the investigation, site evaluation, cleanup, abatement, remedy, removal, monitoring, and other response actions for communities in California with lead contamination concerns from lead-acid battery facilities. This will be done by imposing a $1 fee for each lead-acid battery sold by a manufacturer as well as a $1 fee for each lead-acid battery purchased by a consumer or business.

This bill also simplifies the deposit refund process for consumers by setting standards for dealers of lead-acid batteries.

Contact CAW: Melissa Romero, (916)-443-5422

Contact Assemblymember Cristina Garcia




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