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Hazardous Materials Management

Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA)

The County of Orange Health Care Agency Environmental Health Division was designated by the State Secretary for Environmental Protection on January 1, 1996, as the CUPA for the County of Orange. The CUPA is the local administrative agency that coordinates six programs regulating hazardous materials and hazardous wastes in Orange County.

  • Hazardous Waste
  • Underground Storage Tanks (UST)
  • Aboveground Storage Tanks (AST)
  • Hazardous Materials Disclosure (HMD)
  • Business Plan
  • California Accidental Release Program (CalARP)

Orange City Fire Department has joined the CUPA, as a "participating agency," to form a partnership with the County’s Unified Program.

In the city of Orange, the Hazardous Waste, Aboveground Storage Tank and CalARP programs are administered by the County of Orange Health Care Agency, while the City of Orange administers the other three elements in the bullet-point list above.

Contact the City of Orange Fire Department Fire Prevention Bureau, Hazardous Materials Section for specific information regarding the requirements for USTs, Business Plans and Hazardous Materials Disclosure. Please call (714) 288-2551 or e-mail Hazardous Materials Specialist
Rosie Flores with any questions you may have about these programs.

The CUPA will offer businesses the benefit of a single-fee system incorporating all the fees from the six programs. For more information regarding billing, Hazardous Waste, Aboveground Storage Tanks or the CalARP program, please call (714) 443-6000.


Assembly Bill (AB) 2286 requires the electronic submittal of Unified Program data by 2013. The regulated business community will be able to submit data directly to their local CUPA who will share it with Cal EPA. Cal EPA will also exchange data with US EPA and will create a public access website. This bill provides a funding mechanism for the transition to e-reporting. This project will be completed by 2013.

To comply with AB 2286, in 2009 Orange County Environmental Health (EH) introduced "E-Submit", a business portal to allow businesses to securely submit paperwork electronically. EH recognizes that businesses are increasingly turning to the internet for file submission and service payment. With convenience in mind, EH is committed to providing online services through the "E-Submit" business portal.

Currently, the Hazardous Materials Disclosure and Chemical Inventory Program for the cities of Brea and Newport Beach are "live". The next city scheduled to go live is Costa Mesa. Regulated businesses in Costa Mesa will be notified. The next scheduled CUPA program to be added to the portal is the Underground Storage Tanks. As the project develops further, the number of available forms will grow across many of the CUPA programs. EH will be adding cities in a phased approach from now until 2013, then progress to the development of online payments.

"Connecting Orange County" is our goal and we are very excited to present this alternative method of form submission to the businesses of Orange County.

The City of Orange is currently in the grant approval phase, and is scheduled to implement E-Submit by 2013.

Hazardous Occupancy Inspections

These inspections are also handled by the Fire Prevention Bureau. For more information regarding hazardous occupancy inspections, chemical classification or requirements for hazardous materials processes and equipment, refer to those sections included on this web site. For more information you may send questions by e-mail to Rosie Flores, or phone (714) 288-2500, option 4.

*Non-Orange-specific E-Submit information reprinted from the 2011 "CUPA Connection," an annual publication of the County of Orange Healthcare Agency.


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