California Hazardous Substance Storage: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Definition of hazardous substance: California Health & Safety Code (CH & SC) 25281; California Labor Code (CLC) 6382

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Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act, CH & SC 25270 to 25270.13

Hazardous Substance Account Act (HSAA), CH & SC 25300 to 25399.2

Underground storage tanks (USTs): CH & SC 25280-25299.7

Containers: 8 California Code of Regulations (CCR) 5164

Dispensing devices: 8 CCR 5165

Equipment and processes: 8 CCR 5167

Regulatory Agencies

California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)

Cal/EPA State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB)

California Department of Industrial Relations Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. "Hazardous substances" is a broad classification that includes hazardous wastes, toxic pollutants, hazardous air pollutants, and certain hazardous chemical substances or mixtures. The state generally follows the federal rules for storing hazardous substances, and has some additional requirements as well. See the national section HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE STORAGE for additional guidance.

In California, aboveground storage tanks (AST) are regulated by both the state fire marshal under the state fire code and Cal/EPA under the state Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act. See the state section ABOVEGROUND STORAGE TANKS for a discussion of AST rules in California.

California has its own environmental response and remediation laws for responding to hazardous substance releases from storage areas. In additional to the Spill Prevention, Control, ...

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State Requirements

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