Helping Our Peninsula's Environment
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AF Acre Foot - A unit of volume, generally water 1 foot deep and 1 acre (about a football field) in area.
AMBAG Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments A little known agency that makes our community's most important growth forcing decision every three or so years - the Population Forecast. They try to make the decision in secret, and jealously fight to prevent letting the public know how important the decision is.
BO Biological Opinion (A study required by FESA estimating the number of deaths or "take" of each Endangered Species a project will cause)
CA Coastal Act (State Law PRC 30,000-30,950) This law provides more protection for imperiled species than the two endangered species laws.
CAA Clean Air Act (42 USC 7401-7642) An impenetrable (highly technical) law that pretends to protect our air by averaging air pollution over a matter of hours or days, rather than protecting us from maximum toxic pollutant concentrations.
CAFO Corporate Animal Feeding Operation (Giant Hog Ranch)
CEO Chief Executive Officer
CERCLA (Superfund) Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (42 USC 9601)
CFC Chlorinated Fluorocarbon
CVA Carmel Valley Association (formerly CVPOA)
CVPOA Carmel Valley Property Owners Association (now CVA)
CWA Clean Water Act (33 USC 1251) A federal law that has for a goal "fishable and swimable by 1984." It forbids any pollution into rivers or the ocean.
CZMA Coastal Zone Management Act (Federal Law: 16 USC 1451)
DEIR Draft Environmental Impact Report (under CEQA)
DEIS Draft Environmental Impact Statement (under NEPA)
DO Dissolved Oxygen (in surface or ground water)
DPS Distinct Population Segment under the Endangered Species Act
EHR Erosion Hazard Rating
EIR (California) Environmental Impact Report (under CEQA)
EIS (Federal) Environmental Impact Statement (under NEPA)
EPCRA Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (42 USC 11001)
ESU Evolutionarily Significant Unit under the Endangered Species Act
FWPCA Federal Water Pollution Control Act (Clean Water Act) (33 USC 1251)
HAP Hazardous Air Pollutant
ITP Incidental Take Permit (permits a certain number of Endangered Species to be killed or harmed by a project under the FESA)
IP Intellectual Property (Copyright & Patent Law)
IS Initial Study (under CEQA)
LAFCO Local Agency Formation Commission
LCP Local Coastal Plan, or Local Coastal Program (both required elements of the Coastal Act)
LUP Land Use Plan (the land use subset of a General Plan)
MMPA Marine Mammal Protection Act (16 USC 1361)
MND Mitigated Negative Declaration (a document used to avoid environmental impact analysis and disclosure under CEQA )
MSDS Material Safety Data Sheets - A sheet of paper explaining the hazards of using a particular material.
MVP Minimum Viable Population - the smallest number of individuals that a species can reach and not go extinct.
ND Negative Declaration (under CEQA a document used to avoid environmental impact analysis and disclosure)
Neg. Dec. Negative Declaration (see ND)
NGO Non Governmental Organization - A non-rpofit recognized by the United Nations
NLPD New (24,000 acre foot) Los Padres Dam on the Carmel River
OE Ordnance (fired but potentially live) & Explosives
OEHHA (California EPA) Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment - Its job is to justify any use of hazardous materials by using mathematics to come up with a number they consider "acceptable risk." OEHHA is known for claiming it is safe to aerially spray untested pesticides on cities, children, and people with weak immune systems in 2008.
PCB Polychlorinated Biphenyl Congress Prohibited the manufacture and use of PCBs in 1976 with TSCA.
PBC Pebble Beach Company(Developers determined to destroy the last healthy native Monterey pine forest ecosystem to build yet another golf course and hundreds of mansions. Owned by Clint Eastwood, Arnold Palmer & Peter Ueberroth.)
PG Pacific Grove, California (aka The Lost Hometown) - A town founded in a grove of Monterey pines. Unfortunately, because the town allowed most of the trees to be logged, law requires the town to be renamed "Pacific Stump."
PPM Parts per Million
PPB Parts per Billion
PPT Parts per Trillion
PRA (California) Public Records Act A law requiring bureaucrats to allow inspection of, or provide copies of public documents to anyone who asks.
RCMP Responsible Consumers of the Monterey Peninsula - founded in 1994, is a non-profit organization advocating for public interest consumer choices for Monterey Peninsula citizens which avoid and minimize harm to natural phenomena.
RCRA Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (42 USC 6921)
RSC Rancho San Carlos (at 31 square miles - The largest subdivision in the United States)
SARA Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act
SDWA Safe Drinking Water Act (42 USC 300f)
SIP State Implementation Plan under the Clean Air Act
SWRCB California Water Resources Control Board
THP Timber Harvest Plan
TMDL Total Maximum Daily Load (Clean Water Act Pollution Limit)
TSCA Toxic Substances Control Act (15 USC 2601)
UXO Unexploded Ordnance (Ammunition which was fired but is still potentially live, generally left in the field.)
VOC Volatile Organic Compound
WLPZ Watercourse and Lake Protection Zone
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