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July 11, 2018

Hazardous Material Inspections

In our last post, we discussed environmental agencies you will commonly interact with if your business participates in regulated activities in California. This post provides more detail on what to expect when your local CUPA inspects your...

July 11, 2018

In our last post, we discussed hazardous material requirements enforced by your local CUPA (Certified Unified Program Agency). In this post, we focus on hazardous waste requirements.

What is Hazardous Waste?

That is a more complicated question than it may sound. First, s...

July 11, 2018

Many businesses in California have processes and/or equipment that are subject to environmental regulations. The requirements can be complex and subject to frequent changes. In this post, I will list the environmental agencies that regulate common business activities a...

January 30, 2018

Come by the Rely Environmental/Complyrs booth at this year's California CUPA Forum. (We will be at booth 19.) Rely will unveil its new online compliance management system; Complyrs. Complyrs is designed to help California businesses manage environmental compliance obli...

December 5, 2017

This is a compliance update for entities that own or operate diesel powered emergency engines in the San Diego Air Pollution Control District jurisdiction.

The San Diego Air Pollution Control district has added language to permits for diesel powered emergency engines. T...

September 11, 2017

In our last post, we discussed requirements for businesses that generate, handle, store, and ship hazardous waste. In this post, we focus on hazardous material Underground Storage Tank (UST) requirements.

What kinds of underground storage tanks are regulated?

With few ex...

August 16, 2017


This is part one of a two-part series on storm water compliance. Storm water is regulated in the United States by the Clean Water Act (CWA). The initial purpose of the CWA was to regulate waste discharge from factories and municipal sewage treatment plants...

August 5, 2017

Used hazardous material containers cause substantial confusion for organizations that handle hazardous materials in California. The confusion arises out of what constitutes an empty hazardous material container and how long it can be kept.

California empty:

Under federal...

August 5, 2017

The City of San Marcos, Public Works Department, had yet another perfect APCD inspection this summer. We found this certificate during an annual pre-CUPA inspection in July. Pete Armstrong, the shop supervisor is so used to smooth sailing, he forgot to mention the insp...

June 27, 2017

One expects to find medical waste at hospitals, medical clinics, veterinary clinics and laboratories. But, other organizations also generate medical waste. These include police and fire departments and public recreation facilities. If your organization handles medical...

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