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HAZARDOUS MATERIALS (HAZ MAT)
The Fire Prevention Bureau manages controls and mitigates dangerous conditions related to the use, handling, and storage of hazardous materials through the enforcement of State and local laws. These regulatory-based programs include the Hazardous Materials Business Plan Program, Hazardous Waste Program, Underground Storage Tank Program, Above Ground Petroleum Storage Tank Program, Accidental Release Program, and the portions of the California Fire Code (CFC) that address hazardous materials.
The Prevention Bureau also responds to emergency incidents involving the release of hazardous materials to oversee the containment, control and clean up of released hazardous materials to minimize the impact on the community and the environment.

CUPA
The Petaluma Fire Prevention Bureau is responsible for the city’s Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) Programs. CUPA is a State mandated program that applies to all facilities that handle virgin or waste hazardous materials in quantities subject to the State Hazardous Materials Business Plan (HMBP) reporting requirements. Locally, Petaluma has amended the program requirements to include any facilities that handle hazardous materials/hazardous waste regardless of quantities. These programs include:

HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL
If you have questions regarding disposal of hazardous waste or hazardous materials, please go to the Sonoma County Waste Management Agency's site at www.recyclenow.org. You will find a variety of information including a calendar of the household and business hazardous waste disposal days. You can also learn more about recycling "e-waste" - computers, monitors, televisions, etc. - by going to eRecycle.org.

NEVER flush medication or pour it down the drain. These chemicals are not easily removed from the water during water treatment. Residual chemicals from medication can end up in our rivers, lakes and other waterways and negatively impact the environment. Dispose of old/unused medication in the garbage or return it to the pharmacy for disposal.

ADDITIONAL HAZARDOUS MATERIALS RESOURCES
Lead Hazards During Remodel/Repainting

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Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act (APSA)

Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act (APSA):

Owners/operators of aboveground petroleum storage tanks must obtain permit approval prior to installation, may be required to file a Hazardous Materials Business Plan, and may be required to implement a Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan according to the Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act of 1990.


California state law (the Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act - APSA) defines a "Tank Facility" as a facility that stores 1,320 gallons or more of petroleum (does not include liquid petroleum gas but does include gasoline, diesel fuel, waste oil) in aboveground storage tanks (including drums 55-gallons in size and greater).The Petaluma Fire Prevention Bureau manages the Hazardous Materials and CUPA programs and regulates businesses storing petroleum in aboveground containers and tanks. Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans are required for Tank Facilities. Large Tank Facilities (storing more than 10,000 gallons) must use a Professional Engineer to certify the SPCC Plan.


Owners/operators of facilities with 1320 gallons or more of petroleum product must maintain an SPCC Plan. Any facility currently without an SPCC Plan may be in violation and may be subject to fines and/or permit revocation.


The SPCC compliance date extension for all facilities subject to SPCC amendments is November 10, 2010. For full text of the amendments, visit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) website regarding Oil Pollution Prevention; Non-Transportation Related Onshore Facilities; Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Rule-Final Amendments.

Qualified Facilities
Tank Facilities storing 1,320 gallons or more and less than 10,000 gallons (shell capacity) of petroleum product and with no or limited petroleum releases are "Qualified Facilities". Qualified Facilities may use ready-made "templates" to develop their SPCC Plan and may self-certify their SPCC Plan. The Tier I Qualified Facility SPCC Plan Template May complete and self-certify plan template (Appendix G to 40 CFR part 112) in lieu of a full Professional Engineer certified Plan. May also prepare and SPCC plan according to Tier II. Always refer to applicable laws and regulations when deciding which type of SPCC plan to use and when to self-certify.

Tier I Qualified Facilities are those:
1. with no more than 10,000 gallons of petroleum product, and
2. with no single container or tank exceeding 5,000 gallons, and
3. which has had no single discharge to navigable waters or adjoining shorelines exceeding 1,000 gallons and no two discharges each exceeding 42 gallons within any 12 month period in the prior 3 years
Tier I facilities may self-certify their SPCC plan and may use the US EPA SPCC template for Tier I facilities. U.S. EPA SPCC Plan Template - Tier I Qualified Facilities


Tier II Qualified Facilities
are those:
1. with no more than 10,000 gallons of petroleum, and
2. a single container or tank exceeding 5,000 gallons, and
3. which has had no single discharge to navigable waters or adjoining shorelines exceeding 1,000 gallons and no two discharges each exceeding 42 gallons within any 12 month period in the prior 3 years.

Tier II may self-certify their SPCC plan if in accordance with all applicable requirements of 40 CFR, §112.7, in lieu of a Professional Engineer certified plan. May also prepare an SPCC plan according to all other facilities' requirements.

Other Facilities are those:
1. with more than 10,000 gallons aggregate aboveground petroleum storage capacity
2. meets all other Tier I and Tier II discharge conditions.

Tier III facilities must prepare a Professional Engineer certified Plan in accordance with all the applicable requirements of §112.7.

For additional information regarding the Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act (APSA) and Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) plans, please visit the California Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. EPA and web sites respectively.

Hazardous Materials Business Plan (HMBP) Program


Hazardous Materials Business Plan

If you are a participant in the Petaluma Fire Prevention Bureau’s Hazardous Materials Program (CUPA program), you must now submit a current HMMP (Business Plan) online through the CERS (California Environmental Reporting System) website.  Regardless of the submittal date of your last paper Business Plan,  please complete the online submittal. The HMBP is a document containing detailed information on the storage of hazardous materials and hazardous waste at a facility. The intent of the HMBP is to satisfy federal and community right-to-know laws and provide detailed information for use by emergency responders.
If you need assistance submitting your HMBP, please refer to the CERS Guidance Document

For further information on a specific CUPA facility, you must submit a Request Public Records Review Form to the Fire Prevention Bureau


Underground Storage Tank (UST) Program

Closure and Removal of UST

UST are regulated per the CUPA program requirements and the CFC. UST must be included on the HMBP inventory. Closure and removal of UST must be permitted and inspected by the Fire Prevention Bureau.


HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL


If you have questions regarding disposal of hazardous waste or hazardous materials, please go to the Sonoma County Waste Management Agency's site at www.recyclenow.org. You will find a variety of information including a calendar of the household and business hazardous waste disposal days. You can also learn more about recycling "e-waste" - computers, monitors, televisions, etc. - by going to eRecycle.org.

NEVER flush medication or pour it down the drain. These chemicals are not easily removed from the water during water treatment. Residual chemicals from medication can end up in our rivers, lakes and other waterways and negatively impact the environment. Dispose of old/unused medication in the garbage or return it to the pharmacy for disposal.

ADDITIONAL HAZARDOUS MATERIALS RESOURCES
Lead Hazards During Remodel/Repainting
Lead-based Paint Standard


 

 

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Petaluma Fire Department Location:
198 ‘D’ St.
Petaluma, CA 94952
phone: 707.778.4390
alternative emergency phone:
707.762.4545
fax: 707.931.0668
email:
firedept@ci.petaluma.ca.us
Fire Prevention Bureau Location:
22 Bassett Street
Fire Marshal
phone: 707.778.4389
fax: 707.206.6036
mailing address:
11 English Street
Petaluma, CA 94952