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.

Visit StopWaste.org's  Household Hazardous Waste Small Business Program for more information on how small business can safely dispose of certain types of hazardous wastes.

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.

Large Propane TankAs a CUPA, the City's Environmental Services Section consolidates, coordinates, and brings local consistency to the following six state-mandated programs:

  • 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 on CalEPA's website

Registration Requirements

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

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

Registration is made through the California Environmental Reporting System (CERS).

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. inventory of hazardous materials and wastes;
 2. emergency contact information;
 3. site map;
 4. emergency response procedures; and
 5. employee training for hazardous materials.
 The HMBP must be updated and resubmitted annually.

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