The CUPA regulates hazardous waste generation. Hazardous waste is defined in the California Code of Regulations 22 CCR 66261.3. In California, there are four characteristics that identify a hazardous waste:
In addition to the four characteristics, if a waste is listed in the State and/or Federal regulations, then it is also considered a hazardous waste.
In conjunction with the Hazardous Materials Business Plan Program, CUPA staff:
- Inspect businesses for compliance with the Hazardous Waste Control Act
- Verify hazardous waste accumulation, labeling, container and tank management standards, and waste generator status
- Respond to complaints of illegal disposal of hazardous waste
- Issue permits and inspects businesses that treat hazardous waste pursuant to permit by rule, conditional authorization, or conditional exemption laws and regulations