California Release Notification regulations & environmental compliance analysis

California Release Notification: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA): California Government Code (CGC) 8589.7

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Hazardous material releases: Hazardous Materials Release Response Plans and Inventory Law, California Health & Safety Code (CH & SC) 25500 to 25520 and regulations at 19 California Code of Regulations (CCR) 2620 to 2729

When to report: 19 CCR 2703(a)

Report information: 19 CCR 2703(b)

Written reports: 19 CCR 2705

Business plans: 19 CCR 2729

Hazardous waste releases:

Storage tanks: 22 CCR 66264.196 and 22 CCR 66265.196 (interim status)

Transporters: 22 CCR 66263.30 and 22 CCR 66263.31

Highway Patrol notification: California Vehicle Code (CVH) 23112.5 and regulations at 13 CCR 1166

Releases to water: Water Quality Control Act, California Water Code (CWC) 13271 to 13272, and 23 CCR 2260

Penalties: CWC 13271 and CWC 13272

Storage tanks:

Underground storage tanks (USTs): CH & SC 25294 to 25295.5 and 23 CCR 2650 to 2655

Aboveground storage tanks (ASTs): CH & SC 25270.3 and CH & SC 25270.8

Other releases:

Risk management plans: 19 CCR 2735.1 to 2785.1

Air releases: CH & SC 41700

Air releases near schools: CH & SC 42301.7

Pesticide accident reports: 3 CCR 6634

Medical waste releases: Medical Waste Management Act, CH & SC 25015 and 22 CCR 65623

Regulatory Agencies

California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA)

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

California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA)

California Department of Health Services

Certified Unified Program Agencies (CUPA) and Administering Agencies (AA)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9

National Response Center (NRC)

State Fire Marshal

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California Release Notification Resources

Type Title
Checklists CERCLA Release Reporting Checklist
Forms Spill/Release Report Form
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