The Environmental Health Department (EHD) is part of the county Environmental Management Agency. The mission of the EMD is to protect our environment and local community through collaboration, education, and regulation of state and locally mandated programs related to environmental management.
Regulation of Hazardous Material
The EMD is certified by CalEPA as a Unified Program Agency (CUPA) to assure that businesses handing greater than “threshold amounts” of hazardous materials maintain current inventories of the hazardous material that are used by the business, safely store and handle the materials, maintain safety plans, and are periodically inspected for compliance.
Regulatory thresholds are:
- 55 gallons of a hazardous liquid
- 500 pounds of a hazardous solid
- 200 cubic feet of a hazardous gas at Standard Temperature and Pressure
Regulation of tanks storing hazardous materials:
Businesses having an underground storage tank (UST)
- Businesses storing more than 1320 gallons of petroleum products above ground storage tanks
What to do:
Due to the complex nature of environmental regulations pertaining to hazardous materials, it is recommended that you contact the CUPA to assure that all applicable regulations will be met.
Regulation of Hazardous Waste
Applies to: A generator of any amount of hazardous wastes
What to do:
- Obtain a hazardous waste generator permit (renewed annually)
- Properly manage and dispose of generated hazardous wastes
- Undergo triennial inspections for hazardous waste management requirements
Regulation of Retail Food Facilities
The retail food safety program assures that restaurants, markets, bars, community events, schools, bed and breakfast facilities, cottage food operations, and jails serve safe food. The EHD’s oversight activities include plan review of all new and remodeled food facilities, annual permitting, inspection, and complaint and foodborne illness investigation and follow-up.
Other Regulatory Programs
In addition, the EMA regulates public pools and spas, body art facilities, organized camps, public water systems (up to 200 service connections), and individual water systems, including the drilling and repair of water wells.