California Emergency Planning and Response regulations & environmental compliance analysis

California Emergency Planning and Response: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA):

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Hazardous Material Business Plan (HMBP): 19 California Code of Regulations (CCR) 2650 to 2659 and California Health and Safety Code (CH & SC) 25507

Area plans: 19 CCR 2640 to 2648

Contingency plans: 22 CCR 66264.56

Risk Management Program: 19 CCR 2735.1 to 2785.1

Oil spill prevention plans: CH & SC 25270.1 to 25270.13

Workplace safety: Hazardous Substances Information and Training Act, California Labor Code (CLC) 6360 to 6999.7

Regulatory Agencies

Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES) Hazardous Materials Division

California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) California Chemical Emergency Planning and Response Commission (CEPRC)

Local administering agencies (AAs)

Certified Unified Program Agencies (CUPAs)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. California generally follows the federal rules for emergency planning and response activities, but the state has implemented additional and more stringent requirements related to planning and reporting under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), contingency plans under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), risk management plans under the Clean Air Act (CAA), oil spill prevention plans under the Clean Water Act (CWA), and worker right-to-know requirements.

California has established regulations in order to provide security programs that ensure protection of the public health, safety, and the environment. See the state section SECURITY for additional information.

Release notification is required for most accidental releases. California's release notification rules are coordinated at the local level and are more complex and specific than the federal requirements. The state's reporting procedures are similar to the federal reporting procedure, but a greater number of agencies may have to be notified in the event of a release. Any release in excess of federal release reporting thresholds also has to be reported to the National Response Center (NRC). See the state section

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