California adopts new rules for permitting hazardous waste facilities

Rules designed to increase transparency, strengthen public health protections

Posted October 30, 2018

California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) announced newly adopted regulations for permitting hazardous waste facilities, designed to strengthen protections for public health and the environment and to increase DTSC’s transparency and accountability. The rules take effect January 1, 2019.

DTSC says the new rules improve its authorities when reviewing, approving, or denying permit applications for facilities that treat, store, or dispose of hazardous waste. The rules include:

  • A transparent process for considering a facility’s past violations in permitting decisions;
  • Expanded worker training to enhance safety;
  • Stronger financial assurance rules to conserve taxpayer funds and promote timely cleanups;
  • Better information to promote community involvement; and
  • Assessments to identify health risks associated with facility operations, including in vulnerable communities.

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