Microplastics and microfiber pollution are hot topics this year in the regulatory and legislative arenas. Progress is underway with several solution-oriented initiatives moving forward.
- The Ocean Protection Council recently adopted its updated California Ocean Litter Prevention Strategy. CASA contributed to the development of the strategy that includes goals and actions to address microplastic pollution in the marine environment.
- CASA’s sponsored bill, SB 1263 (Portantino), which builds on the OPC’s work underway, continues to move forward.
- AB 2379, which aims to curb the introduction of microfibers into the wastewater stream, awaits action on the Assembly floor.
CASA recently provided comments and testimony to support the OPC’s final adopted strategy. We also are in active support of AB 2379.
SB 1263 promotes the development of a statewide microplastic strategy to facilitate needed research on methodologies and risks. It asks the OPC to ultimately make recommendations to the Legislature for potential remedies to address microplastic pollution. AB 2379 encourages hand washing of clothing with high microfiber content to reduce this pollutant in the wastewater stream.
SB 1263 passed unanimously out of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee on April 24. The Senate Appropriations Committee will hear it next and AB 2379 is on the Assembly floor. We will continue to advocate for the two bills and keep you posted as they progress.