Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health
Page Updated on 01/02/2013
The Hazardous Materials Program is part of the Hazardous Materials Compliance Division (HMCD) within Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health. HMCD is the Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) for all areas of Santa Clara County other than the cities of Santa Clara, Gilroy, and Sunnyvale. HMCD provides comprehensive environmental regulatory compliance inspection services to protect human health and the environment. Additionally, program personnel perform plan reviews and inspections associated with the construction, upgrading, and closure of hazardous materials storage facilities and equipment.
Santa Clara County CUPA
Under authority granted by the state, HMCD administers the following programs:
- Hazardous Waste Generator Program (California Health and Safety Code Chapter 6.5)
- Hazardous Waste Tiered Permitting (California Health and Safety Code Chapter 6.5)
- Underground Storage Tank (California Health and Safety Code Chapter 6.7)
- Aboveground Storage Tank SPCC Plan (California Health and Safety Code Chapter 6.67)
- Hazardous Materials Business Plans (California Health and Safety Code Chapter 6.95)
- California Accidental Release Prevention Program (California Health and Safety Code Chapter 6.95)
HMCD's Site Mitigation Program also administers the Leaking Underground Storage Tank Local Oversight Program (LOP) throughout Santa Clara County. This program, which oversees the cleanup of sites contaminated by petroleum from UST releases, was formerly administered by the Santa Clara Valley Water District.
In addition, the county's Hazardous Materials Program administers the following programs pursuant to local authority:
- Hazardous Materials Storage Ordinance (County Ordinance No. NS-517.31)
- Toxic Gas Ordinance (County Ordinance No. NS-517.44)
Local fire agencies that, as Participating Agencies (PAs), coordinate their activities with the County CUPA are: