Legislation to Clean Up Hazardous Waste Introduced by Sen. Bob Hertzberg

SB 820 removes sunset for California Land Reuse & Revitalization Act

January 5, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, today introduced legislation to extend the California Land Reuse & Revitalization Act, a vital legal tool enacted in 2004 that has helped propel the cleanup and development of vacant hazardous waste sites across the state. 

SB 820 makes permanent the California Land Reuse & Revitalization Act (CLRRA), which is set to expire on Jan. 1, 2017. The act encourages revitalization of blighted properties by allowing purchasers of contaminated lots to negotiate a cleanup plan with the state in exchange for liability protection from damages associated with the original contamination that they had no role in. 

“The California Land Reuse and Revitalization Act has proved to be hugely valuable in persuading land buyers to take on the risk and responsibility of cleaning up hazardous waste sites,” Hertzberg said. “Renewing the CLRRA is good for California’s economy and good for its environment.”

California has 90,000 contaminated properties, according to the state Department of Toxic Substances Control. In addition to posing a danger to the environment, contaminated properties also are often part of urban blight that drives down neighboring property values and undercuts surrounding economic activity.


Bob Hertzberg, chair of the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance, represents nearly 1 million San Fernando Valley residents of Senate District 18, which includes part of Burbank and the following communities in Los Angeles: Arleta, Granada Hills, Hansen Dam, Lake View Terrace, Mission Hills, North Hills, North Hollywood, part of Northridge, Pacoima, Panorama City, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, part of Sun Valley, Sylmar, Toluca Lake, Valley Glen, Valley Village, Van Nuys, the City of San Fernando and Universal City. See a district map at http://sd18.senate.ca.gov/district.  After serving in the Assembly from 1996-2002, including two years as Speaker, Hertzberg invested in solar, wind and electric-car projects; and worked for structural changes in government through the Think Long Committee of California. Learn more at www.senate.ca.gov/hertzberg.

Communications Director
Senator Robert M. Hertzberg
Capitol Building, Room 4038
Sacramento, CA 95814
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