A01: Senate Bill 1082 (1993) established the Unified Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Materials Management Regulatory Program. The Unified Program consolidates, coordinates, and makes consistent the following hazardous materials and hazardous waste Program Elements:
A02: A CUPA is a County, City, or Joint Powers Agency approved and designated by Cal EPA to implement the Unified Program and is responsible for all six program elements of the Unified Program within its jurisdiction. The Environmental Health Division is the CUPA for Tulare County.
A03: If your business handles or stores quantities of hazardous materials including hazardous wastes equal to or exceeding 55 gallons, 500 pounds, or 200 cubic feet of compressed gasses, an HMP is required to be completed and submitted to the Environmental Health Division.
A04: Please see the CAL FIRE Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM)for blank forms & instructions that you can download. For additional assistance please call 559-624-7400 during regular business hours.
A05: Hazardous waste may be stored on-site for specified periods depending on the amount of total waste accumulated in a month:
A06: Each hazardous waste container shall be labeled with the following information:
A07: Permits are required for businesses which:
A08: You must call the Tulare County Environmental Health Division at (559) 624-7400 during business hours (7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)
After hours and weekends call the Environmental Health Division at (559) 624-7400 for the answering service or CalEPA at (916) 845-8911.
You should also call 911.
A09: Containers holding "new" products are required to have the manufacturer's label. If a manufacturer's label is not present then a label must be put on the container that identifies the contents of the container and the known hazards of the chemical and the protective equipment needed to handle or use the materials. A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) must also be available for emergency reference and employee safety training.
A10: Containers and tanks must be protected against any unplanned release to air, soil or surface water as warranted. For specific requirements please contact the Environmental Health Division at 559-624-7400
A12: The RMP is required to be prepared and submitted to the Tulare County Environmental Health Division and United States Environmental Protection Agency no later than the date that the acutely hazardous material is present in the process above Federal threshold quantities;
The RMP is required to be prepared and submitted to the Tulare County Environmental Health Division no later than the date that the acutely hazardous material is present in the process above State of California threshold quantities.
A13: As the Tulare County CUPA, the Environmental Health Division's responsibilities include:
A14: Businesses are required to have their waste oil removed legally by a permitted company. Residents may use the Tulare County Household Hazardous Waste Program. Oil must not be poured on the ground, in the gutters, or storm drains as it may go to environmentally sensitive areas and you may be subject to fines if you dispose to the storm drain system.