California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA)


California’s Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)

California’s Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA, aka Proposition 65) requires, at all times,  employer notification and posting to alert employees, contractors and guests present at any facility of any potential exposure to carcinogens, mutagens and teratogens in the workplace.  This regulates 730 chemical hazards known to cause cancer, cause genetic damage and/or cause damage to the fetus of an unborn child, (i.e., birth defects). Such hazards must be included as a part of occupational safety and health training for employees under federal and State of California regulations.

California’s Hazardous Materials Business Plan (HMBP)

The State of California has issues unique to the state that justify an innovative approach far beyond EPA’s SARA Title III reporting requirements of Industry in all other states.  Some of those reasons are population, the density of industry in those populated areas, climate zones, coastal issues and the need for emergency response with a localized flavor.  In addition, thresholds assigned to chemical hazards in inventory in California facilities are very low.  They can go as low as l lb. in some cities, but generally start at 500 lbs for solids; 55 gals for liquids; and 200 cu. ft. for gases.  California’s thresholds are 20 times more stringent than Federal thresholds.  Also, the Aggregate Total Ruling is applied to this reporting law.  But rather than reporting to several agencies, each company must report to only one agency…the Certified Unified Program Agency, or CUPA.  The CUPA is housed within each local fire dept. for a localized emergency response. 

In California, a ‘hazardous substance’ is any substance listed on the “Director’s List” under the “Hazardous Substances Information & Training Act of 1984.”  To be in compliance, companies must adhere to the Uniform Fire Code.  Deadlines can vary from one CUPA to another, but generally, are March 1st, annually in most locations.

California’s 2015 Storm water Runoff Pollution Prevention Plan (SWRPPP)

California’s Storm water program is arguably the most sophisticated of any program regulated by state authorities in the U.S.  The program originated from the 1997 Water Quality Order 97-03-DWQ and drafts issued from 2011-2013.  The final draft for the most recent advancements to the State’s Storm water Program was issued in April, 2014, which became effective July 1, 2015, although, there have been delays to that deadline due to problems with the e-Reporting tool called SMARTS.  Not only is the Storm water Pollution Prevention Plan to be implemented by the deadline, but also submitted to State authorities.  Plus, the information submitted must be prepared by a Qualified Industrial Storm water Practitioner (QISP).