CA Gov. Brown Signs Safety-Hazard Bill into Law

After all the back and forth, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the simplified Safety-Hazard bill into law.

The bill, which we first reported on in April, went through many changes before some of California’s biggest Natural Hazard Disclosure companies would support the bill.

Now, would-be homeowners must be told how to obtain information about potential safety hazards near properties.
The law, written by Assemblyman Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), responds to the deadly explosion of a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. natural gas pipeline Sept. 9, 2010, in the San Francisco suburb of San Bruno.

The explosion killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes.

Bradford’s law, which takes effect Jan. 1, requires property sellers and real estate agents to provide prospective buyers with directions about how to find out via the Internet whether a gas transmission line or hazardous liquid pipeline is buried nearby.

Many people in San Bruno were not aware of the natural gas pipeline in the area, Bradford said.

“This is a simple measure that will give homeowners more information about their neighborhoods so they can make the right decision for them and their families,” the assemblyman said in a statement.