CalEPA oversees California’s Unified Program. The program protects Californians from hazardous waste and hazardous materials by ensuring local regulatory agencies consistently apply statewide standards when they issue permits, conduct inspections and engage in enforcement activities. The Unified Program is a consolidation of multiple environmental and emergency management programs Read more about the Unified Program
California Code of Regulations, title 27 (27 CCR) Regulation Changes
The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) proposes to amend California Code of Regulations, (CCR), title 27, Division 1, Subdivision 4, Chapter 1, sections 15110 – 15330, and Appendices A – D. These proposed regulations include significant changes that impose new reporting and procedural requirements and details, as well as non-significant amendments that are considered administrative in nature and improve the organizational structure of existing requirements and clarify existing elements of reports and forms.
Please visit the Unified Program Proposed Regulations webpage for more information.
Effective January 1, 2009, all regulated businesses and local Unified Program Agencies (UPAs) are required to submit Unified Program information electronically, either to the local regulatory agency or to the California Environmental Reporting System (CERS). CERS supports electronic data exchange among businesses, UPAs, state agencies, and U.S. EPA. Read more about Electronic Reporting.
CUPA Performance Evaluations
A periodic performance evaluation of each CUPA is conducted to ensure adequate and effective implementation of the Unified Program by the local agency. Read more about the CUPA performance evaluation process, evaluation schedule, and evaluation results.
Unified Program News
Trinity County Environmental Health Certified Unified Program Agency
Application Public Hearing
On October 3, 2023, Trinity County Environmental Health (TCEH) applied to the Secretary for Environmental Protection (Secretary) to become the Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) for Trinity County.
In accordance with California Code of Regulations, title 27, (27 CCR), Section 15160(c)(1), CalEPA is required to conduct a public hearing to receive comments on whether TCEH should become the CUPA for Trinity County.
A Zoom webinar has been created to conduct the Public Hearing on the following date and time. This meeting will be recorded.
February 7, 2024, 2:00-3:00 PM
Written comments concerning TCEH’s application may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org until 5:00 pm on February 7, 2024. Please use the Subject Line “TCEH CUPA Application.” All comments received during the hearing and in writing will be documented both in the recording and in hard copy. The Secretary will not be answering questions or responding to comments received either by email or at the hearing.
“The Secretary shall consider comments received as part of the public hearing in the determination of whether an applicant should be certified.” (27 CCR Section 15160(c)(3).)
Additionally, the Secretary will receive recommendations from the state agencies with Unified Program responsibilities to aid in the application process. The Secretary has 180 days from the date of receipt of the application to issue a Notice of Intent to either approve or disapprove TCEH’s application.
- CalEPA Regulated Site Portal
The CalEPA Regulated Site Portal is a website that combines data about environmentally regulated sites and facilities in California into a single, searchable database and interactive map. The portal was created to provide a more holistic view of regulated activities statewide. By combining data from a variety of state and federal databases, the portal provides an overview of regulated activities across the spectrum of environmental programs for any given location in California. These activities include hazardous materials and waste, state and federal cleanups, impacted ground and surface waters, and toxic materials. The portal combines information from the following databases:
- Cal/OSHA – Inspection and enforcement information reported to federal OSHA
- CERS – The California Environmental Reporting System
- CIWQS – The California Integrated Water Quality System
- EIS – U.S. EPA’s Air Emission Inventory System
- EnviroStor – Permitting, enforcement and cleanup activities at hazardous waste facilities and sites with known or suspected contamination
- GeoTracker – Impacted groundwater sites within the state, such as leaking underground storage tanks, cleanup sites, and permitted facilities such as landfills and operating underground storage tank facilities
- SMARTS – The Stormwater Multiple Application and Report Tracking System
- SWIS – The Solid Waste Information System
- TRI – The Toxics Release Inventory
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- Unified Program Laws and Regulations
- Rural Reimbursements
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