30 California Food Producer EDITION 1, 2018 Regulatory Last year CLFP was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown’s office to a Food Processing Industry Task Force to find ways to assist the industry in coping with compliance costs associated with the Cap-and-Trade Program. Since that time the task force has been involved in providing direction to the Energy Commission in developing a Food Production Investment Program, which will provide $60 million in grants, loans or financial investments to food processors to implement projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. See page 31 to learn more about this program. Also on the following pages learn more about other regulatory issues CLFP is addressing. WATER Alternatives for Long-Term Sustainability (CV-SALTS) Regulatory Initiative by the Central Valley Regional Water Board. CLFP has been an active participant in the CV-SALTS stakeholder regulatory initiative that has been working for nearly 10 years to develop long-term salt and nitrate water quality management plans for the San Joaquin Valley. The objective is to address important water quality issues in a cost-effective manner and provide some regulatory flexibil- ity for dischargers. In late May 2018, the Central Valley-wide Salt and Nitrate Control Program Basin Plan Amendments were adopted by the California State Water Board. Drinking Water Standard for Trichloropropane. On July 18, 2017, the State Water Board adopted a drinking water standard (a “maximum contaminant level” or “MCL”) for trichloropropane (TCP) at five parts per trillion (“ppt”). TCP is associated, in part, with pesticide products and is believed to be carcinogenic based on laboratory experi- ments. According to the State Water Board, it has been found in several drinking water wells throughout the state. The counties most affected include Kern, Tulare, Fresno, Los Angeles and Merced. Food processors on self-supplied water systems that employ 25 or more people that come into contact or use the water at the plant, are considered a non-transient, non-community water system and are subject to this new drinking water standard. PROP 65 Lead Safe Harbor. In response to a 2015 petition by the Center for Environmental Health (CEH), the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) was considering regulatory changes in the safe harbor level for lead. OEHHA’s regulatory proposal made an extremely In working with the Food Processing Industry Task Force CLFP has been involved in providing direction to the Energy Commission in developing a Food Production Investment Program, which will provide $60 million in grants, loans or financial investments to food processors to implement projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Report By JOHN LARREA - CLFP Government Affairs Director