The budget package will result in the closure of almost 50 state parks and the elimination of the stateâ€™s independent Integrated Waste Management Board with no certainty that its vital recycling and hazardous waste functions will continue. Meanwhile, the stateâ€™s major polluters are spared from contributing their fair share to help resolve the stateâ€™s fiscal crisis.
Following is a statement from Victoria Rome, California Advocacy Deputy Director at NRDC:
â€œThe State Assembly today rejected the disastrous idea of allowing new oil drilling off the California coast. The fact that this proposal was even considered and negotiated behind closed doors is very troubling. And given that an offshore drilling proposal got as far as it did suggests that the state budget process is broken and must be reformed.â€
- Read blog by Frances Beinecke, President of NRDC: Should California Cave For Oil Money?
- Read blog by Leila Monroe, Ocean Policy Analyst at NRDC: Budget deal passes, but new drilling off CA voted down by State Assembly