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DIVISION 20. MISCELLANEOUS HEALTH AND SAFETY PROVISIONS [24000 - 26250]

  ( Division 20 enacted by Stats. 1939, Ch. 60. )

CHAPTER 6.5. Hazardous Waste Control [25100 - 25259]

  ( Chapter 6.5 added by Stats. 1972, Ch. 1236. )

ARTICLE 10. Prohibited Chemicals [25210 - 25210.2]
  ( Article 10 added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 1039. )

25210.
  

It shall be unlawful, on or after January 1, 1979, to use a nonbiodegradable toxic chemical in a chemical toilet, recreational vehicle, or waste facility of a vessel as the term vessel is defined in the Harbors and Navigation Code, and it shall be unlawful on or after January 1, 1979, to sell a nonbiodegradable toxic chemical in a container which indicates that the chemical could be used in a chemical toilet, a waste facility of a recreational vehicle, or a waste facility of a vessel as the term vessel is defined in the Harbors and Navigation Code. The department shall develop and adopt regulations to define nonbiodegradable toxic chemicals and limitations on the sale thereof by June 1, 1978.

(Added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 1039.)

25210.1.
  

(a)  For purposes of this section, the following definitions shall apply:

(1)  “Halocarbon chemicals” means chemical compounds which contain carbon, and one or more halogens, and which may include hydrogen, including, but not limited to, trichloroethane, tetrachloroethylene, methylene chloride, halogenated benzenes, and carbon tetrachloride.

(2)  “Aromatic hydrocarbon chemicals” means chemical compounds containing carbon and hydrogen and at least one six-carbon ring containing double bonds, including, but not limited to, benzene, toluene, and napthalene.

(3)  “Sewage disposal system” means a septic tank, cesspool, sewage seepage pit, leachline, or other structure into which sewage is drained for purposes of disposal and which is not connected to a municipal treatment works.

(b)  On and after July 1, 1988, no person shall use any product containing halocarbon chemicals or aromatic hydrocarbon chemicals for the purposes of cleaning or unclogging a sewage disposal system.

(c)  On and after July 1, 1988, no person shall sell any product containing halocarbon chemicals or aromatic hydrocarbon chemicals in a container which indicates that the product may be used for the purposes of cleaning or unclogging a sewage disposal system. The department may adopt regulations regarding the sales of these products for the purposes of this subdivision.

(Added by Stats. 1987, Ch. 874, Sec. 1.)

25210.2.
  

(a) It is unlawful to sell or distribute in commerce a product that contains bronopol, dowicil, formalin, formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, paraformaldehyde, para-dichlorobenzene, benzene, toluene, xylene, ethylene glycol, 1,1,1-trichloroethane, trichloroethylene, or perchloroethylene in a container that indicates that the product is suitable for use in a holding tank or other portion of a waste facility of a recreational vehicle.

(b) It is unlawful to use a product that contains bronopol, dowicil, formalin, formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, paraformaldehyde, para-dichlorobenzene, benzene, toluene, xylene, ethylene glycol, 1,1,1-trichloroethane, trichloroethylene, or perchloroethylene in a holding tank or other portion of a waste facility of a recreational vehicle or of a campground chemical toilet that discharges to a septic system, onsite wastewater treatment system, or subsurface disposal system.

(c) To the extent that funding is made available, the State Water Resources Control Board shall investigate methods to detect and quantify concentrations of chemical toilet deodorants, including bronopol, dowicil, formalin, formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, paraformaldehyde, para-dichlorobenzene, benzene, toluene, xylene, ethylene glycol, 1,1,1-trichloroethane, trichloroethylene, or perchloroethylene, in a septic system, onsite wastewater treatment system, or subsurface disposal system that may inhibit biological treatment processes or result in degradation of groundwater quality.

(d) (1) An owner or operator of a recreational vehicle park or campground that utilizes a septic system, onsite wastewater treatment system, or subsurface disposal system to dispose of recreational vehicle wastewater shall post in a conspicuous location a notice stating the following:

“The State of California prohibits the use of products in RV holding tanks, including deodorizers, that contain bronopol, dowicil, formalin, formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, paraformaldehyde, para-dichlorobenzene, benzene, toluene, xylene, ethylene glycol, 1,1,1-trichloroethane, trichloroethylene, or perchloroethylene. These chemicals can inhibit biological activity in onsite wastewater treatment systems and threaten groundwater and drinking water wells, and are strictly forbidden.

Please use bacteria- or enzyme-based products.”

(2) The State Water Resources Control Board or a regional water quality control board shall require an owner or operator described in paragraph (1) to certify compliance with paragraph (1) as part of any waste discharge requirement, or as a condition of a waiver of a waste discharge requirement, issued pursuant to Division 7 (commencing with Section 13000) of the Water Code.

(e) Enforcement of subdivisions (a), (b), and (d) is contingent upon an appropriation by the Legislature for purposes of enforcing those requirements.

(f) This section shall become operative on January 1, 2022.

(Added by Stats. 2019, Ch. 367, Sec. 1. (SB 317) Effective January 1, 2020. Operative January 1, 2022, by its own provisions.)

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