Governing Law and Regulations
California Superfund: Hazardous Substance Account Act (HSAA), California Health & Safety Code (CH & SC) 25300 to 25395.15
Program overview: CH & SC 25301
Site identification: CH & SC 25356
Private site managers: CH & SC 25395.1 to 25395.15
Potentially responsible parties (PRPs): CH & SC 25323.5
Apportionment of liability: CH & SC 25398.8
Release of liability: CH & SC 25356.6
Program funding: CH & SC 25330
California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) Site Mitigation and Brownfields Reuse Program
California Regional Water Quality Control Boards (RWQCB)
State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. California has its own Superfund program, the HSAA, that authorizes Cal/EPA to clean up contaminated sites and hazardous substance releases.
HSAA authorizes the state to clean up sites that do not qualify for cleanup under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). HSAA also provides funds to the state to pay its required share of CERCLA costs and provides compensation for persons injured by exposure to hazardous substances. For more information on CERCLA, see the national section SUPERFUND.
Many California communities have abandoned contaminated properties that have not been redeveloped because of concerns about the perceived cost of remediation and liability. For a discussion of these properties, commonly known as ...