Hazardous Waste and Environmental Fees

Fees Charged by DTSC


DTSC enforces California’s hazardous waste control laws, issues permits to hazardous waste facilities and mitigates contaminated hazardous waste sites.  These activities are funded primarily by fees.

The annual fee summary details our hazardous waste and environmental fees, including statutory references, collection mechanisms and fee levels.

In addition, check our identification numbers Web page and our hazardous waste manifest Web page for information about fees related to those topics.

For further questions, you can contact our Fees Unit at (916) 322-2448.


Annual Verification Questionnaire (VQ) and Manifest Fees Assessment


The 2013 EPA ID Number Verification Questionnaires and manifest fee assessments are scheduled to be mailed in June 2013. For your convenience, DTSC will provide an on-line version so you can submit your information electronically. To be included in the electronic Verification Questionnaire (eVQ), register at http://dtsc-web01.dtsc.ca.gov/eVQ/Home.aspx.

Annual EPA ID Number Verification Questionnaire - Generators, transporters, and facilities who are authorized to store, transport, treat, and dispose of hazardous waste are required to annually verify their EPA ID Number information per Health & Safety Code section 25205.16(b).  The purpose of this annual verification is to ensure that the information on record for the EPA ID Number is correct and current.

In approximately June of each year, the Department of Toxics Substances Control mails the EPA ID Number Verification Questionnaire forms to EPA ID Number holders who have active status or who have had their EPA ID Number used on a manifest during the prior calendar year.  The Verification Questionnaire Package also includes a Schedule A fee form for the calculation of manifest fees owed and a Schedule B fee form to calculate total EPA ID Number verification and manifest fees owed.

Any generator, transporter, or facility operator who fails to return the Verification Questionnaire forms shall be subject to suspension of any and all identification numbers and to any other enforcement action (Health & Safety Code section 25205.16(c)).

See Verification Questionnaire Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

 

Fees Collected by the Board of Equalization for DTSC

The following DTSC fees are collected by the Board of Equalization:

  • Activity
  • Disposal
  • Environmental
  • Facility
  • Generator
  • Tiered Permits
An interagency agreement between DTSC and the Board of Equalization (BOE) defines the working relationship between the two organizations in the fee assessment and collection process.   For more information, go to the Board of Equalization’s Web site at http://www.boe.ca.gov/sptaxprog, or call BOE Special Taxes and Fees at (800) 400-7115.
 

Environmental Fee: Morning Star Case and DTSC Response

In April 2006, the California Supreme Court decided The Morning Star Company v. State Board of Equalization and Department of Toxic Substances Control.  In the California Supreme Court, Morning Star claimed that DTSC violated the Administrative Procedures Act when it determined, without promulgating a regulation, that all corporations with 50 or more employees invariably engaged in activities related to hazardous materials.  The Supreme Court partially agreed.  It found that DTSC’s determination was “reasonable,” but nonetheless, it needed to comply with the Administrative Procedures Act by promulgating a regulation.  DTSC has now fulfilled the Supreme Court requirement.

The Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved the regulatory action that addresses the environmental fee required pursuant to Health and Safety code section 25205.6 (Reference number R-2006-03 Environmental Fee and OAL File No. 2007-0925-03 S) and filed the regulations with the Secretary of State on November 7, 2007. The effective date of the regulations is on the 30th day after the filing with the Secretary of State, which will be December 7, 2007. The approved regulations and the Final Statement of Reasons are available at http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/LawsRegsPolicies/index.cfm and the administrative file for the rulemaking is available for review during business hours at 1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814-2828. Please contact Krysia Von Burg at (916) 324-2810 to review the file or if you have questions regarding the rulemaking.