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Wilk bill providing transparency to State Water Resources Control board passes committee

Posted: April 30, 2014 12:14 p.m.
Updated: April 30, 2014 12:14 p.m.

SACRAMENTO – Yesterday Assemblyman Scott Wilk’s (R- Santa Clarita) bill requiring the State Water Resources Control Board to post on their web site the external peer review studies when a regional board imposes a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) on a community, passed out of the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials committee with a 7-0 vote.   

“AB 1707 would require the State Water Quality Resource Control Board to post a copy of the external scientific peer review to their website – a website that already exists,” said Wilk.

Assembly Bill 1707 will alleviate concerns regarding the assessment of and access to the scientific peer review for TMDLs, and will implement a more effective strategy through mandatory reporting of the peer review and mandatory online availability for interested parties. It is important that sound science be employed before requiring ratepayers to fund these mitigations and AB 1707 will be an incremental step in accomplishing that goal. 

“This web site clearinghouse will provide greater transparency and accountability for boards that are un-elected.” said Wilk. “It’s a positive first step that moves us in the right direction.”

The 38th Assembly District encompasses Simi Valley, the northern section of the San Fernando Valley and most of the Santa Clarita Valley.

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scvsoccermom82: Posted: April 30, 2014 1:07 p.m.

Awesome work! Thanks Wilk

listenup: Posted: April 30, 2014 1:09 p.m.

Great job Scott. Someone finally trying to hold those un-elected boards accountable. A check on government power is something we need more of.

peoplesvoice: Posted: April 30, 2014 1:26 p.m.

Checks and Balances all the way here it is out of control how some of these un-elected boards act. If they are going to force us to spend millions of dollars to clean water that they give to us dirty already they should be held accountable.

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