28 California Food Producer EDITION 2, 2018 Regulatory The California Energy Commission (CEC) announced in November its first awards under the new $57 million Food Production Incentive Program (FPIP). According to CEC, the program is providing funds for commercially available and emerging energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies for food production facilities with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Four CLFP members were awarded funds for six projects total- ing $12 million. These members are The Neil Jones Food Company, Olam Spices & Vegetable Ingredients, Pacific Coast Producers and Sun-Maid Growers of California. CEC is expected to re-open solicitation for a second round of FPIP applications between late November 2018 to early January 2019. 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 and to provide guidance to CEC for FPIP. Following are some of the other key regulatory issues currently being addressed by CLFP: ■ ■ The Central Valley Regional Water Board has approved new wastewater discharge regulations that will have a significant impact on processors, farmers, and oth- ers who discharge wastewater to land application sites. CLFP is part of a coalition working with the Regional Board to inform dischargers of their options and reduce compliance costs. ■ ■ Some CLFP members with non-transient, non-commu- nity water systems continue to face issues with arsenic, 123 TCP, Chromium-6, or other contaminants in their wa- ter supply in exceedance of the Maximum Contaminant Levels prescribed by the State Water Board. Treatment options can be very expensive, and CLFP is working with members to address these issues. ■ ■ CLFP has been actively engaged in ongoing efforts to reform the way that the Office of Environmental Health 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 and to provide guidance to CEC for FPIP. Report By JOHN LARREA and TRUDI HUGHES - CLFP Government Affairs Directors