After five years of work on new regulations for the discharge of treated sewage, the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board is prepared to move ahead… sort of.

The seven-member board currently has only three serving members, short of a quorum. This means that while the board will meet to discuss the matter as a “hearing panel” they will not have the ability to vote or pass regulations with the full force of the board.

Instead, they will record the hearing and make a recommendation to the full board once its membership is restored.

From the Sacramento Bee:

State water quality officials will go forward next week with a meeting to debate a controversial new pollution discharge permit for Sacramento’s regional sewage treatment system, even though the state board still lacks a quorum to vote on the matter.

The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board has the legal option to meet as a “hearing panel.” In such cases, it may take testimony, deliberate and even make a recommendation on the issue, though it cannot vote, said Ken Landau, the board’s assistant executive officer. That’s what it will do on Dec. 9, in an all-day meeting beginning at 8:30 a.m. in Rancho Cordova.

Landau said a transcript of the meeting and any recommendation will be compiled and presented to board members at a future meeting where a formal vote can be cast.

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