Hazardous Materials Management (CUPA)
The primary goal of the Hazardous Materials Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) is to protect public health and the environment by promoting compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
Electronic Reporting (CERS)
Businesses Must Report Electronically to California Environmental Reporting System (CERS)
All businesses must now submit Unified Program-related information to CERS instead of on paper forms.
- CERS Central Sign-In Page: California Environmental Reporting System (CERS) or use http://cers.calepa.ca.gov/
- What is CERS: http://cers.calepa.ca.gov/business
The CUPA Program consolidates, coordinates, and makes consistent the administrative requirements, permits, inspections, and enforcement activities of seven environmental and emergency response programs.
- Hazardous Materials Release Response Plans and Inventories (Business Plans)
- California Accidental Release Prevention (CalARP) Program
- Underground Storage Tank Program
- Above-Ground Petroleum Storage Act (APSA) Program
- Hazardous Waste Generator and Onsite Hazardous Waste Treatment (Tiered Permitting) Programs
- Area Plans for Hazardous Materials Emergencies
- California Fire Code: Hazardous Material Management Plans and Hazardous Material Inventory Statements
Sierra County CUPA
The CUPA Program is implemented at the local level by 83 government agencies known as certified unified program agencies (CUPAs). In Sierra County, Sierra County Health and Human Services has been certified by the Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) as the county's CUPA. For questions or further Information, contact the Sierra County Environmental Health Department via Email or by calling 530-993-6716
State Agency Partners
The state agency partners involved in the CUPA Program have the responsibility of setting program element standards, working with Cal/EPA on ensuring program consistency, and providing technical assistance to other CUPAs and EPAs. The following state agencies are involved with the Unified Program:
California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA)
The Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency is directly responsible for coordinating the administration of the CUPA Program. The secretary certifies unified program agencies, and has certified 83 CUPAs to date. These 83 CUPAs carry out the responsibilities previously handled by approximately 1,300 state and local agencies.
Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)
The Department of Toxic Substances Control provides technical assistance and evaluation for the hazardous waste generator program, including onsite treatment (tiered permitting).
Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES)
The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services is responsible for providing technical assistance and evaluation of the Hazardous Material Release Response Plan (business plan) and the California Accidental Release Response Plan (CalARP) programs.
Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM)
The Office of the State Fire Marshal is responsible for ensuring the implementation of the hazardous material management plans and the hazardous material inventory statement programs. These programs tie in closely with the business plan program.
State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB)
The State Water Resources Control Board provides technical assistance and evaluation for the underground storage tank program, in addition to handling the oversight and enforcement for the above-ground storage tank program.