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Hazardous Materials

Hazardous Materials

The City's Environmental Services Section regulates the storage, use, treatment, and disposal of hazardous materials and wastes at industrial and commercial facilities.

Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA)

Senate Bill 1082, which became law in 1993, established a process for cities and counties to become certified by California's Secretary for Environmental Protection as Certified Unified Program Agencies (CUPAs). In 1997, the City of San Leandro became one of only a few California cities to be certified as a CUPA.

As a CUPA, the City's Environmental Services Section consolidates, coordinates, and brings local Storage Tank Inspection consistency to portions of the following six state-mandated programs:

  • The Hazardous Materials Business Plan (HMBP)
  • Hazardous Waste Generator Program
  • California Accidental Release Program (CalARP)
  • Aboveground Petroleum Storage Tank Program (APSA)
  • Underground Storage Tank Program
  • Tiered Permitting (CE,CA, PBR) for on-site hazardous waste treatment

More information about CUPA programs may be found at: http://www.calepa.ca.gov/cupa/about.htm

Registration Requirements

Businesses must register with the City's CUPA if they:

  • generate hazardous waste;
  • handle hazardous materials;
  • store petroleum products in aboveground storage tanks; or
  • handle regulated substances exceeding state or federal threshold quantities.

Registration is made through the California Environmental Reporting System (CERS) at http://cers.calepa.ca.gov/

Hazardous Materials Business Plan (HMBP)

Facilities that handle a hazardous material or hazardous waste in excess of 55 gallons for liquids, 500 pounds for solids, or 200 cubic feet for gases, must submit an HMBP.

The HMBP must provide the following information:
1. an inventory of hazardous materials and wastes;
2. emergency contact information;
3. a site map;
4. emergency response procedures; and
5. employee training for hazardous materials.

The HMBP must be updated and resubmitted annually. Facilities that handle hazardous materials in quantities below HMBP reporting thresholds but at or above fire code operational permit thresholds must submit a one-time registration through CERS.

Required Permits

The CUPA program requires permits for:

  • operating underground storage tanks
  • installing and modifying underground storage tanks
  • removing underground storage tanks
  • treating hazardous waste on site
  • installing aboveground storage tanks