California Superfund regulations & environmental compliance analysis

California Superfund: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

California Superfund: Hazardous Substance Account Act (HSAA), California Health & Safety Code (CH & SC) 25300 to 25395.15

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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

Regulatory Agencies

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 ...

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