Hazardous Materials and Environmental Compliance Programs

Program History

The Fire Department's oversight of environmentally-related programs began in 1983 with the adoption of a local Underground Tank Ordinance. The hazardous materials disclosure program was implemented in 1985 to identify hazardous materials used, stored and processed by City businesses. Subsequent State legislation created the Unified Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Materials Management Regulatory Program (Unified Program) and the Fire Department was certified as the City's Unified Program Agency (CUPA) in 1997.

Unified Program (CUPA)

There are six state programs that regulate business and industry's use, storage, handling and disposal of hazardous materials and hazardous wastes which were consolidated under Senate Bill 1082 in 1994 to be part of a single environmental control program managed by a Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) at the city or county level. In Los Angeles County, El Segundo, Glendale, Long Beach/Signal Hill, City of Los Angeles, Santa Fe Springs, Santa Monica, Vernon, and the County have been certified by the state to be CUPA's for their areas of jurisdiction.

The Fire Department has entered into an agreement with the County of Los Angeles perform the Hazardous Waste components of the Unified Program.

CUPA Program Elements:

Requires that businesses and industry which use, store, or handle hazardous materials above threshold amounts (generally 55 gallons for liquids, 500 pounds for solids, or 200 cubic feet for gases) must file a Hazardous Materials Business Plan to the local emergency response agency (Los Angeles Fire Department).

Additional requirements (Los Angeles Municipal Code):

Permit Amounts based on LAFD Standard 68 (Uniform Fire Code Hazardous Materials Categories). See "Hazardous Material Categories and Disclosure Amounts"

Regulates underground storage tanks, which contain any hazardous material (including gasoline or diesel).

Contact Information

Data Management Unit
Hazardous Material Unit
Underground Storage Tank Enforcement Unit
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200 N. Main Street Room 1780
Los Angeles, CA., 90012
Phone: (213) 978-3680
Fax: (213) 978-3615