The City's Environmental Services Section regulates the storage, use, treatment, and disposal of hazardous materials and wastes by local industries, including those stored in aboveground and underground storage tanks. In addition, the section enforces the hazardous materials requirements of the California Fire Code, inspecting facilities that use and store hazardous materials. Staff also responds to citizen complaints about hazardous materials and reviews building plans for hazardous materials facilities.
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 consistency to portions of the following six state-mandated programs:
Businesses must register with the City's CUPA if they:
Any business or facility that stores or handles any one hazardous material or hazardous waste in excess of 55 gallons for liquids, 500 pounds for solids, or 200 cubic feet for gases, must submit a Hazardous Materials Business Plan (HMBP), which provides an inventory of hazardous materials and wastes present, amounts handled, a site map, emergency response procedures, and employee training. A facility's Inventory Statement must be resubmitted each year.
The Hazardous Materials Business Plan must be completed online through the California Environmental Reporting System.
Facilities that handle small quantities of hazardous materials or wastes may be exempt from the HMBP requirements. If none of the individual hazardous materials or wastes equals or exceeds 55 gallons for liquids, 500 pounds for solids, or 200 cubic feet for gases, these facilities may be eligible to complete a simpler and shorter Small Quantity Hazardous Materials and Waste Registration Form (pdf) or Small Quantity Hazardous Materials and Waste Registration Form (Word doc). For further information, or to obtain the required form by mail, call (510) 577-3401.
The CUPA program requires permits for: