The Hazardous Materials Management Group implements the Unified Program (UP), at the local government level pursuant to Title 27 § 15110(a)(2). Siskiyou County Environmental Health Division of the Public Health Department became the Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) on January 1, 1997. The Environmental Health Division is certified by the Cal/EPA Secretary to implement the Unified Program specified by Health and Safety Code § 25404(a)(1)(A), within Siskiyou County.
Senate Bill 1082 (Chapter 418, Statutes of 1993) created the Unified Program (UP) to consolidate, coordinate, and make consistent the administrative requirements, permits, inspections and enforcement activities, and fees for the following six program elements:
- Hazardous Materials Release Response Plans and Inventories (also known as "The Community Right-To-Know Act" or "hazardous materials inventory" or "hazardous material business plan (HMBP)" programs)
- CERS (California Environmental Reporting System)
- California Accident Release Prevention (CalARP) Program
- Underground Tank Program (USTs)
- Above Ground Petroleum Storage Act Requirements For Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans
- Hazardous Waste Programs: Generator programs and Onsite Hazardous Waste Treatment Activities
- California Uniform Fire Code (UFC) - Hazardous Materials Management Plans and Hazardous Materials Inventories
The CUPA program regulates underground tanks, hazardous materials (including but not limited to: hazardous substances, hazardous waste, and any material which a handler or the CUPA has reasonable basis for believing that it would be injurious to the health and safety of persons or harmful to the environment if released into the workplace or the environment, H&S Code § 25501) and any unauthorized release of hazardous material. In addition, the Hazardous Material Management Group regulates medical waste and final disposal/transfer activities of solid waste. Inspections of over 600 businesses and/or facilities handling, generating or disposing of hazardous materials, solid waste and medical waste are conducted on an annual basis. Many sites require multiple inspections.
With a State of California Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) on call 24 hours a day, Siskiyou County Environmental Health is responsible for responding to incidences involving any release or threatened release of hazardous materials. Threats to people, property and the environmental are assessed, and then remedial action procedures are conducted under the supervision of an REHS.
Any questions regarding this may be directed to the division by e-mailing mailto:email@example.com or calling 530-841-2113.