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AB-1966 Hazardous waste: regulations.(2013-2014)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 25141 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

25141.
 (a) The department shall develop and adopt by regulation criteria and guidelines for the identification of hazardous wastes and extremely hazardous wastes.
(b) The criteria and guidelines adopted by the department pursuant to subdivision (a) shall identify as hazardous  waste or combinations of waste that, because of the waste, that may do either of the following, as hazardous waste because of its  quantity, concentration, or physical, chemical, or infectious characteristics of the waste, may do either of the following: characteristics: 
(1) Cause, or significantly contribute to an increase in mortality or an increase in serious irreversible, or incapacitating reversible, illness.
(2) Pose a substantial present or potential hazard to human health or the environment, due to factors including, but not limited to, carcinogenicity, acute toxicity, chronic toxicity, bioaccumulative properties, or persistence in the environment, when improperly treated, stored, transported, or disposed of, or otherwise managed.
(c) Except as provided in Section 25141.5, any regulations adopted pursuant to this section for the identification of hazardous waste as it read on January 1, 1995, which are in effect on January 1, 1995, shall be deemed to comply with the intent of this section as amended by this act during the 1995 portion of the 1995–96 Regular Session of the Legislature.
(d) The department shall update by June 1, 2015, and periodically thereafter as appropriate, its regulations relating to the use of “Test Methods for Evaluating Solid Waste, Physical/Chemical Methods,” EPA Publication SW-846, in the criteria and guidelines developed pursuant to subdivision (a) to reflect all updates to that publication adopted before and after the enactment of the act that added this subdivision.

SEC. 2.

 Section 25150 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

25150.
 (a)  The department shall adopt, and revise when appropriate, standards and regulations for the management of hazardous wastes to protect against hazards to the public health, to domestic livestock, to wildlife, or to the environment.
(b) The department and the local officers and agencies authorized to enforce this chapter pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 25180 shall apply the standards and regulations adopted pursuant to subdivision (a) to the management of hazardous waste.
(c) Except as provided in subdivision (d), the department may limit the application of the standards and regulations adopted or revised pursuant to subdivision (a) at facilities operating pursuant to a hazardous waste facilities permit or other grant of authorization issued by the department in any manner that the department determines to be appropriate, including, but not limited to, requiring these facilities to apply for, and receive, a permit modification prior to the application of the standards and regulations.
(d) The department shall not adopt or revise standards and regulations which result in the imposition of any requirement for the management of a RCRA waste that is less stringent than a corresponding requirement adopted by the Environmental Protection Agency pursuant to the federal act.
(e) The department shall adopt, and revise when appropriate, regulations for the recycling of hazardous waste to protect against hazards to the public health, domestic livestock, wildlife, or to the environment, and to encourage the best use of natural resources.
(f) Before the adoption of regulations, the department shall notify all agencies of interested local governments, including, but not limited to, certified unified program agencies, local governing bodies, local planning agencies, local health authorities, local building inspection departments, the Department of Pesticide Regulation, the Department of the California Highway Patrol, the Department of Fish and Game, Wildlife,  the Department of Industrial Relations, the Division of Industrial Safety,  Occupational Safety and Health,  the State Air Resources Board, the State Water Resources Control Board, the State Fire Marshal, regional water quality control boards, the State Building Standards Commission, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, and the California Integrated Waste Management Board.  Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery. 
(g) The department shall update by June 1, 2015, and periodically thereafter as appropriate, its regulations relating to the use of “Test Methods for Evaluating Solid Waste, Physical/Chemical Methods,” EPA Publication SW-846, in the standards and regulations adopted and revised pursuant to subdivision (a) to reflect all updates to that publication adopted before and after the enactment of the act that added this subdivision.