Important information and public notices regarding HMCD and our regulatory programs will be posted here and updated periodically.
> Notice Regarding Revised Environmental Screening Levels
On January 24, 2019, the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) released the latest update to their Environmental Screening Levels (ESLs). The DEH is providing notice regarding the use of revised ESLs for cases in the Site Cleanup Program. More...
The Revised ESLs are available on the following RWQCB website: www.waterboards.ca.gov/rwqcb2/water_issues/programs/esl.html
> Transfer of Unified Program Responsibilities for the City of Milpitas
Effective July 1, 2018, the City of Milpitas Fire Department (City) will
cease to be responsible for implementing the State’s Unified Program as a
Participating Agency. The County
Department of Environmental Health, Hazardous Materials Program (County) remains
the Certified Unified Program Agency and will assume responsibility for
implementing all elements of the Unified Program as of the effective date. More...
> Proposed Amendment of
California UST Regulations to be at Least as Stringent as Federal UST
The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) provided notice of proposed changes to the underground storage (UST) regulations. The changes will make California requirements at least as stringent with recently modified Federal regulations. The public comment period for the proposed regulatory closes on January 2, 2018 at 12:00 PM.
For more details, please see the links below:
Notice of Proposed Regulatory Action
Proposed Amendment to California Code of Regulations, title 23, division 3, chapter 16
Additional Information and Resources Related to the Proposed Regulation
> Single-Walled UST Closure and Replacement: Funding Assistance
On September 25, 2014, a new law (Health and Safety Code, Section 25292.05) became effective which requires the permanent closure of all single-walled underground storage tanks (USTs) in California by the deadline date of December 31, 2025.
This notice is to advise that the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) has funding available to assist owners and/or operators of single-walled USTs to come into compliance. The State Water Board Replacing, Removing, or Upgrading Underground Storage Tanks (RUST) program makes available grants (up to $70,000 per entity) and low interest loans (up to $750,000 per entity) to assist if you are a small business and you are the owner and/or operator of a regulated facility with single-walled USTs. Please see attached for more information.
> Unified Program Surcharge Increases
CalEPA revised two Unified Program surcharges that will affect facilities regulated by the County of Santa Clara Hazardous Materials Program: the Oversight surcharge, and the Underground Storage Tank surcharge. The final notice was published on page 848 in the California Regulatory Notice Register on June 2, 2017 (https://oal.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2017/06/22z-2017.pdf).
The Hazardous Materials Program will begin assessing the revised surcharges on July 15, 2017. For questions regarding the surcharge revisions, see CalEPA's letter dated April 5, 2017 in which they describe the changes.