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Health and Safety Code - HSC

DIVISION 20. MISCELLANEOUS HEALTH AND SAFETY PROVISIONS [24000 - 26217]

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

CHAPTER 6.7. Underground Storage of Hazardous Substances [25280 - 25299.8]
  ( Chapter 6.7 added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 1046, Sec. 3. )

  
25295.  

(a) (1) An unauthorized release that escapes from the secondary containment, or from the primary containment, if no secondary containment exists, increases the hazard of fire or explosion, or causes deterioration of the secondary containment of the underground tank system shall be reported by the owner or operator to the local agency within 24 hours after the release has been detected or should have been detected. The owner or operator of the underground tank system shall transmit the information specified in this paragraph regarding the unauthorized release to the local agency no later than five working days after the date of the occurrence of the unauthorized release. The information shall be submitted to the local agency on a written form or using an electronic format developed by the board and approved by the Secretary for Environmental Protection as consistent with the standardized electronic format and protocol requirements of Sections 71060 to 71065, inclusive, of the Public Resources Code. Either reporting method shall include all of the following:

(A) A description of the nature and volume of the unauthorized release.

(B) The corrective or remedial actions undertaken.

(C) Any further corrective or remedial actions, including investigative actions, that will be needed to clean up the unauthorized release and abate the effects of the unauthorized release.

(D) A time schedule for implementing the actions specified in subparagraph (C).

(E) The source and cause of the unauthorized release.

(F) The underground storage tank system’s record of compliance with this chapter, including data on equipment failures.

(G) Any other information the board deems necessary to implement or comply with this chapter, Chapter 6.75 (commencing with Section 25299.10), or the federal act.

(2) The local agency shall review the permit whenever there has been an unauthorized release or when it determines that the underground tank system is unsafe. In determining whether to modify or terminate the permit, the local agency shall consider the age of the tank, the methods of containment, the methods of monitoring, the feasibility of any required repairs, the concentration of the hazardous substances stored in the tank, the severity of potential unauthorized releases, and the suitability of any other long-term preventive measures that would meet the requirements of this chapter.

(b) (1) Each regional board and local agency shall submit a report to the board for all unauthorized releases, indicating for each unauthorized release the responsible party, the site name, the hazardous substance, the quantity of the unauthorized release if known, the actions taken to abate the problem, the source and cause of the unauthorized release, the underground storage tank system’s record of compliance with this chapter, data on equipment failures, and any other information that the board deems necessary to implement this chapter, Chapter 6.75 (commencing with Section 25299.10), or the federal act.

(2) The information required by this subdivision shall be submitted to the board and updated using the board’s Internet-accessible database that accepts data pursuant to Section 13196 of the Water Code.

(3) On and before December 1, 2012, and not less than annually thereafter, the board shall post and update on its Internet Web site, the information concerning unauthorized releases in the reports submitted pursuant to this subdivision.

(4) The board may adopt regulations pursuant to Section 25299.3 that specify reporting requirements for the implementation of this section, including, but not limited to, requirements for the electronic submission of the information required in a report submitted pursuant to this subdivision. If the board adopts these regulations, the board shall adopt the regulations as emergency regulations in accordance with Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, and for the purposes of that chapter, including Section 11349.6 of the Government Code, the adoption of these regulations is an emergency and shall be considered by the Office of Administrative Law as necessary to avoid serious harm to the public peace, health, safety, or general welfare. Notwithstanding Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, including subdivision (e) of Section 11346.1 of the Government Code, the emergency regulations adopted pursuant to this subdivision shall be filed with, but shall not be repealed by, the Office of Administrative Law and shall remain in effect until revised by the board.

(c) The reporting requirements imposed by this section are in addition to any requirements that may be imposed by Sections 13271 and 13272 of the Water Code.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 536, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 2013.)