Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA)
A micro agency within the Department of Environmental Health administering hazardous materials programs
Under Senate Bill 1082, the CUPA consolidates, coordinates, and makes consistent the regulatory activities of several hazardous materials and hazardous waste programs through implementation at the local level. As of January, 2018, 81 local agencies are certified by the State as Certified Unified Program Agencies (CUPAs). The implemented programs are as follows:
Hazardous Materials Management: To ensure that facilities using hazardous materials over specified thresholds are properly handled and stored and local first responders are provided an emergecy response plan, hazardous materials inventory and facility site map. This is accomplished by annual certification of inventory and site map and tri-annual inspections of the facilities to verify compliance with handling and storage of materials and verify accuracy of submitted inventories and site map.
California Accidental Release Prevention (CalARP): To ensure that facilities storing designated extremely hazardous materials over specified thresholds properly prepare and fully implement a Risk Managment Plan (RMP). This is accomplished by conducting tri-annual audits of the CalARP facility RMP to verify proper preparation of the RMP and to conduct inspections of all facilities to verify full implementation of the plan.
Hazardous Waste Management: To ensure that generators of a hazardous waste properly handle, store, transport and dispose of all generated waste as required by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and all Hazardous Waste Control Laws. This is accomplished by tri-annual inspection of all facilities generating a hazardous waste.
Underground Storage Tanks (UST): To ensure that all underground storage tanks (UST) containing hazardous substances are properly constructed, permitted, operated and maintained as required by federal and state laws. This is accomplished by permitting and inspecting all installations and repairs to verify compliance with constructions standards in Title 23 and federal laws and by issuing permits to operate and conducting annual inspections of all facilities to verify compliance with operation and maintenance of the UST systems.
Aboveground Storage Tanks (AST): To ensure that all aboveground storage tank facilities that handle and store 1320 gallons or greater of hazardous substances have prepared and fully implemented a Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan. This is accomplished by conducting tri-annual inspections of all AST facilities to review the SPCC plan has been properly prepared and an inspection of the facility to verify full implementation of the plan.
Emergency Response: Yuba County Environmental Health (YCEH) are members of the regional Yuba-Sutter Hazardous Materials Response Team (YSMRT) to supoort responses to hazardous material spills and releases in Yuba and Sutter Counties. YCEH is responsble for developing and updating the "Area Plan" which details the process for conducting emergency response to hazardous material incidents in Yuba County. YCEH is also a part of the statewide Enviromental Health Mutual Aid system to provide Environmental Health assistance to other counties in the event of a disaster such as wildfire or flood.
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