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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.

E-Submit*

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.

 <p><b><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'tahoma','sans-serif'; color: black">Dear Business Owner/Operator:</span></b> <br />
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<span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'tahoma','sans-serif'; color: black">The Orange City Fire Department is the administering agency for the Hazardous Materials Business Emergency Plan (HMBEP) requirement of the California Health and Safety Code (Chapter 6.95). All businesses operating within the City of Orange must disclose their hazardous materials on the downloadable forms provided under the disclosure forms section.<br />
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Reporting Requirements<br />
</b>If your facility uses, handles, or stores materials <b><span style="text-decoration: underline">at any one time</span>, </b>in quantities greater than or equal to: </span></p>
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    <li style="color: black; line-height: normal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'tahoma','sans-serif'">55 gallons of a liquid </span></li>
    <li style="color: #264a6a; line-height: normal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'tahoma','sans-serif'; color: black">500 pounds of a solid</span> </li>
    <li style="color: black; line-height: normal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'tahoma','sans-serif'">200 cubic feet of a gas </span></li>
    <li style="color: black; line-height: normal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'tahoma','sans-serif'">The threshold planning quantity for extremely hazardous substances, under both of the following conditions: a) The hazardous material is an extremely hazardous substance, as defined in Section 355.61 of Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations<br />
    b) The threshold planning quantity for that extremely hazardous substance listed in Appendices A and B of Part 355 of Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations is less than 500 pounds. </span></li>
    <li style="color: black; line-height: normal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'tahoma','sans-serif'">Radioactive materials above the reportable threshold </span></li>
    <li style="color: #264a6a; line-height: normal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'tahoma','sans-serif'; color: black">Carcinogens</span> </li>
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<b><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'tahoma','sans-serif'; color: black">Exceptions</span></b>
<ol type="1">5,000 pounds or less of a solid or liquid substance that is classified as a hazard for purposes of Section 5194 of Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations solely as an irritant or sensitizer.
    <li style="color: black; line-height: normal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'tahoma','sans-serif'">1,000 cubic feet or less of a gas at standard temperature and pressure and is classified as a hazard for the purposes of Section 5194 of Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations solely as a compressed gas. This does not include gases in a cryogenic state. </span></li>
    <li style="color: black; line-height: normal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'tahoma','sans-serif'">Oxygen, nitrogen, and nitrous oxide, ordinarily maintained by a physician, dentist, podiatrist, veterinarian, or pharmacist, at his or her office or place of business, stored at each office or place of business in quantities of not more than 1,000 cubic feet of each material at any one time. </span></li>
    <li style="color: black; line-height: normal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'tahoma','sans-serif'">Lubricating oil for a single business facility, if the total volume of each type of lubricating oil handled at that facility does not exceed 55 gallons and the total volume of all types of lubricating oil handled at that facility does not exceed 275 gallons at any one time. </span></li>
    <li style="color: #264a6a; line-height: normal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'tahoma','sans-serif'; color: black">Oil-filled electrical equipment that is not contiguous to an electric facility is exempt from this section and Sections 25505 and 25509 if the aggregate capacity is less than 1,320 gallons.</span> </li>
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<p style="line-height: normal"><b><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'tahoma','sans-serif'; color: black">Disclosure &amp; UST Forms</span></b><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'tahoma','sans-serif'; color: black"> <br />
The Orange City Fire Department has changed from a paper based (HMBEP) system to an internet based submittal program. The new electronic reporting system is called “e-Submit”. You are required to have an e-mail address for this process. The email address will be used as your username. As an owner, you are required to log into e-Submit and request a password at this time for your business in preparation for completing the annual HMBEP disclosure on-line. If a <b>consultant or employee </b>prepares and submits your annual HMBEP certification, the consultant or employee will need a signed <b>Letter Of Authorization </b>from the business owner before they can be certified to obtain a password to access the system. Go to the following link <a href=" <br />
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<b>Program Changes<br />
</b>Changes to any portion of the HMBEP require notification to the Orange City Fire Department Hazardous Material Section within 15 days. If the facility no longer meets reporting requirements, notification shall be made within 30 days to avoid assessed penalties.<br />
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<b>Spill Notification<br />
</b>Should a release or potential release occur, the California Health and Safety Code requires handlers of hazardous materials to immediately notify the following:<br />
1. Orange City Fire Department Hazardous Materials Section at (714)288-2573<br />
2. 911<br />
3. Cal-EMA at (800)852-7550 or (916) 845-8911<br />
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<b>Public Records <br />
</b>Information contained in these disclosures (except for plot plans, trade secrets and sensitive information) is public record and may be reviewed during normal fire department business hours (M-Th, 7am-5:30pm) with prior appointment. <br />
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<b>Helpful Websites</b> <br />
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<p style="line-height: normal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'tahoma','sans-serif'; color: black">If you have any questions or require assistance, please contact our office at (714) 288-2541. You may also contact our Hazardous Materials Specialists directly via e-mail: </span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'tahoma','sans-serif'; color: #0000c0"><a href="
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Thank you,<br />
<b>Hazardous Materials Section</b> </span></p>

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