Emmett Institute on Climate Change & the Environment

Emmett Institute’s Sean Hecht Helps Write Language on Legislation for $1 Car Battery Fee to Fund Toxic Clean Up

September 7, 2016—Professor Sean Hecht, co-executive director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, helped negotiate the language on legislation for a proposed $1 Car Battery Fee to be assessed to all Californians who purchase lead-acid car batteries, as reported by the Los Angeles Times. The funds will be used for cleaning up contaminated sites. Professor Hecht believes that the stream of revenue this fee generates will be a step forward for the cleanup of toxic sites throughout California. 

 “[The fee will raise] far more money up front than we otherwise would expect from suing those responsible, including companies that sent batteries to facilities like Exide.”

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