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ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT

Environmental Health/CUPA Staff
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Public Counter Hours:                                                                               
Mon-Fri 7:30am  - 5pm                                                                               
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PH: (530) 749-5450
FAX: (530) 749-5454 

email: EnvironmentalHealth@co.yuba.ca.us

ATTENTION: 
The Environmental Health counter will be closed
Thursday June 20th from 11:00am - 1:00pm


Yuba County Environmental Health administers numerous programs under Consumer Protection, Land Use, the Local Enforcement Agency (LEA), the Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) and the Local Primacy Agency (LPA).                   

Consumer Protection Programs

Retail Food: To prevent the outbreak of food borne illness; to ensure that food provided for human consumption is free of adulteration, is wholesome and safe to eat; to accomplish this in a manner uniform with programs of other jurisdictions in the State; and to protect the health of the food worker by encouraging safe and sanitary working conditions.

Housing & Institutions: To ensure that hotels, motels, organized camps and detention facilities (“jails”) provide a safe and suitable environment, including safe water supply, proper sewage disposal, and safe and wholesome food preparation.

Public Pools & Spas (Recreational Health): To ensure safe and sanitary public swimming pools and spas.

Body Art: To ensure the application of proper body art procedures and the control of cross-contamination of instruments and supplies to protect both the body art practitioner and client from transmission of infectious diseases. 



                                                                                               Land Use Programs

Land Development: To ensure that proposed developments and businesses within Yuba County comply with applicable State and local laws within the Yuba County Environmental Health (YCEH) jurisdiction.  In coordination with other YCEH programs, the Land Use team evaluates development proposals with the goal of protecting or minimizing impacts to human health and the environment.

Sewage Disposal: To protect the health of the public and the environment from the improper disposal of sewage from on-site wastewater treatment systems (OWTS) and greywater systems.  This is accomplished through development and enforcement of local ordinance and regulations for the permitting and inspections of OWTS, greywater systems, and waste haulers to ensure compliance with State and local laws.

Private Water Systems: To ensure that water wells are properly located and constructed with annular seals and properly destroyed when no longer in service to protect the quality of groundwater resources.



                                                                                     Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) 
                                  A micro agency within the Department of Environmental Health administering solid waste programs

Solid Waste Management: The Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) is certified by the State to ensure that solid waste landfills and transfer stations are properly operated in regards to vector control, water quality protection, litter prevention, and related concerns; to provide an independent Hearing Panel to hear appeals of the decisions/orders made by the Local Enforcement Agency (LEA); to ensure that inactive sites are properly closed and maintained following closure.

Medical Waste Management: To ensure that generators of medical waste properly handle, store, transport and dispose of medical waste as required under the Medical Waste Act. This is accomplished by annual facility inspections for large and small quantity generators and registration and administrative review of disposal for conditionally exempt facilities.

Waste Tire Management: To ensure that generators of waste tires properly handle, store, transport and dispose of waste tires as required under  regulations. This is accomplished by annual facility inspections and education and by conducting surveillance for illegally disposed tires.



                                                                              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 emergency 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 Management 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 support responses to hazardous material spills and releases in Yuba and Sutter Counties. YCEH is responsible 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 Environmental Health Mutual Aid system to provide Environmental Health assistance to other counties in the event of a disaster such as wildfire or flood. 


                                                                                      Local Primacy Agency (LPA)
                          A micro agency within the Department of Environmental Health administering public water system programs

Small Public Water Systems: The Local Primacy Agency (LPA) is certified by the State to regulate Small Water Systems to ensure potable water is provided to the public. Small Water Systems are defined as having between 15-200 service connections and not regularly serving more than an average of 25 individuals daily for more than 60 days in a year. This is accomplished by permitting and inspection of well construction to meet all California Water Well Standards for a public water system. Additionally, all systems have a system inspection and sanitary survey to verify compliance with well maintenance and sampling standards and to determine and mitigate any changes in the environment that could negatively impact the wells water quality.

State Small Water Systems: To regulate State Small Water Systems to ensure potable water is provided to the public. State Small Water Systems are defined as having between 5-14 service connections and no more than 25 full-time residents in a calendar year. This is accomplished by a inspection of each system every five years to verify compliance with well maintenance and sampling standards.


                                                                                            Active Community Events

Coastal Clean-up Day:  On the third Saturday in September California cleans up! California Coastal Cleanup Day welcomes more than 60,000 volunteers who will pick up hundreds of thousands of pounds of trash and recyclables from beaches, lakes, and waterways each year. It brings awareness to the marine litter problem and provides a community event for direct involvement. Help us by joining in the fight to preserve wildlife by taking trash out of the environment. Volunteer alongside your families, friends, coworkers, scout troops, school groups, and service clubs. If you're not sure how to get started please let us know. Plan to spend a day outside connecting with your community to celebrate California! The event is part of the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by the Ocean Conservancy. California Coastal Cleanup Day is the largest volunteer event in the US and International Coastal Cleanup Day is the largest volunteer event on the planet!




Environmental Health is defined as:

Those organized activities undertaken to protect and enhance the public’s health through the control of potentially harmful materials, organisms, energies, and conditions in the environment.  The term “health” is used in its broadest context to mean not just the absence of disease, but rather a complete state of physical, mental, and social well being.”
 

Clark Allen Pickell, REHS 
Director
Environmental Health/Certified Unified Program Agency
Phone: (530) 749-5450   Fax: (530) 749-5454

 

915 8th Street, Suite 123

 Marysville, California 95901
EnvironmentalHealth@co.yuba.ca.us

 

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