The Legislature has passed and sent to Gov. George Deukmejian a bill designed to ensure that the environmental effects of proposed waste-to-energy plants are thoroughly reviewed. Deukmejian has not indicated whether he plans to sign the measure.
The measure, by Assemblyman Byron D. Sher (D-Palo Alto), requires air pollution districts to assess the health risk from the plants and determine that the projects would not cause a significant increase in illness and death.
Also, as new emission standards are developed by local agencies, the plants, such as Pacific Waste Management Corp.'s proposed Irwindale facility, would be required to add new pollution control equipment.
The Senate passed Sher's bill on a 34-0 vote and the Assembly passed it 77-0. It was the only major bill on waste-to-energy issues to win passage in both houses.