California Containers regulations & environmental compliance analysis

California Containers: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste container rules: 22 California Code of Regulations (CCR) 66264.170 to 66264.179 and 22 CCR 66265.170 to 66265.178 (interim status)

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Air emissions standards: 22 CCR 66264.1030 to 66264.1090, 22 CCR 66265.1030 to 66265.1090, and Appendix I (interim status)

Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) responsibilities for generators: 27 CCR 15100(a)(1)

Containment system:

Stringent capacity standards: 22 CCR 66264.175

Containment system certification: 22 CCR 66264.175(c)

Non-free-liquid exception for containment systems: 22 CCR 66264.175(d) and 22 CCR 66264.175(e)

Empty containers:

Empty container rules: 22 CCR 66261.7

Empty bulk containers: 22 CCR 66261.7(p)

Generators and transporter empty containers: 22 CCR 66261.7(s)

Farmers' empty pesticide containers: 22 CCR 66262.70

Regulatory Agencies

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

Local CUPAs

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's hazardous waste container requirements include the federal container management requirements and the state's more stringent container containment system rules. In addition, and unlike the federal requirements, there are state fees for hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs) using containers.

Of special significance are California's empty container standards, which are more restrictive than the federal standards. Unlike the federal rules, California has specific management standards for various types of empty containers, including bulk ...

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