County Overrules New State Hazardous Material Law

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(Best Syndication News) The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors removed a new state law that would have required local restaurants to acquire hazardous materials permits.

Assembly Bill 408, signed by Gov. Brown on October 8, would require all businesses handling a total of 1,000 cubic feet of a compressed gas, which include pressurized carbon dioxide (CO2) in cylinders used in restaurants for soda dispensing machines and helium used by florists to fill balloons, must be regulated as a Hazardous Materials Handling Facility.

David Zook, spokesperson for First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt, tells Best Syndication that the county’s law will exempt facilities storing less than 6,000 cubic feet of these gasses from the regulations.

“Carbon dioxide is not dangerous and restaurants shouldn’t need a hazardous materials permit to be able to put it into people’s soft drinks,” said Mitzelfelt.

“This is an example of Sacramento being out of touch with reality and hurting small businesses with overly burdensome and unnecessary regulations.”

Zook says that the state regulation would have affected 7,300 businesses in the County.

By: Dan Wilson

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