Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 California League of Food Processors 11 petition to OEHHA demanding that OEHHA eliminate its 0.5 micrograms per day lead safe harbor level. In response, in late 2015 OEHHA released a pre-regulatory proposal to slash the lead safe harbor by 60% (that is, from 0.5 micrograms/ day to 0.2 micrograms/day). OEHHA’s proposal marks an extremely significant reduction in the safe harbor that will present substantial challenges for businesses to meet. CLFP is part of the Cal Chamber’s broad-based coalition opposing OEHHA’s proposed reduction. WATER ISSUES GROUNDWATER The Legislature passed and the Governor signed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) of 2014. In brief this Act requires the adoption of a“groundwater sustainability plan”(GSP) for all high or medium priority basins. Under SGMA the Department ofWater Resources (DWR) is required to adopt emergency regulations for evaluating and implementing GSPs by June 1, 2016. On February 18, 2016, DWR released its draft emergency GSP regulations for public comment. The agricultural community has expressed concerns that the mandatory provisions in the regulations remove necessary local flexibility and will create excessive regulatory burdens on both local agencies and the regulated community. CV-SALTS CLFP remains engaged with the CV-SALTS stakeholder coalitions, which continue to work on revising the Central Valley Regional Water Board’s Basin Plans to include a salt and nutrient management plan. The plan, once adopted, will set the regulatory standards for all wastewater discharges in the Central Valley and will have a significant impact on most farming and food processing operations. CLFP’s main goal in engaging on the CV-SALTS effort is to provide more regulatory flexibility and certainty for food processors with wastewater land application sites. Much of the effort by the Regional Board is focused on groundwater degradation, and this may eventually dovetail with efforts by the state to develop independent regional groundwater management agencies. Draft Basin Plan Amendments are expected in late 2016, and then will be subject to public comments and review by the regional and state water boards prior to final approval. What is CV-SALTS? CV-SALTS stands for the Central Valley Salinity Alternatives for Long Term Sustainability. CV-SALTS is a collaborative stakeholder driven and managed program to develop sustainable salinity and nitrite management plans for the Central Valley.