DTSC COVID-19 Updates
We are committed to keeping our stakeholders informed about how to keep Californians and the environment safe from toxic harm during the COVID-19 outbreak. This page will be updated as new information becomes available.
On this page:
- DTSC Office Closure Notice
- Advisory on the Management of Hazardous Waste by Generators, Transporters, Electronic Waste Handlers, and Tiered Permit Facilities During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic
- Advisory on the Management of Hazardous Waste by Permitted Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facilities During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic
- Public Participation Guidance During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response
- CalEPA Issues Statement on Compliance with Regulatory Requirements During the COVID-19 Emergency (opens a new window)
- Other State Resources
Office Closure Notice
December 28, 2020: In response to COVID-19, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) will be physically closing offices in the San Joaquin and Southern California regions to the public several days each week in an effort to protect DTSC staff and help prevent the risk of further stressing ICU capacities in those areas.
Advisory on the Management of Hazardous Waste by Generators, Transporters, Electronic Waste Handlers, and Tiered Permit Facilities during the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic
This advisory is intended to provide guidance for hazardous waste generators, transporters, electronic waste handlers, and tiered permit facilities (Permit by Rule, Conditional Authorization, Conditional Exemption). Guidance to permitted hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities can be found here (link will be added). This advisory does not replace or supersede relevant statutes and regulations. Please note that the issuance of this advisory does not preclude the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) from taking any action authorized under applicable law. This guidance in no way delegates or waives DTSC’s enforcement authority.
Advisory on the Management of Hazardous Waste by Permitted Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facilities During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic
The advisory provides guidance and recommendations to DTSC permitted treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs) on compliance with hazardous waste facility permit requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic. The advisory indicates that permitted TSDFs should; (1) continue to comply with permits to the extent possible, (2) document any noncompliance, the reasons why compliance was not possible, and efforts to return to compliance, and (3) notify DTSC of noncompliance as soon as possible.
Public Participation Guidance During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response
This guidance memorandum was issued to all DTSC staff on April 6, 2020 to promote equitable, inclusive, and transparent approaches to participation activities during California’s coronavirus (COVID-19) response efforts.
Links to Other State Resources
CA Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) COVID 19 Consumer Protections
The CPUC’s COVID-19 Consumer Protections page (opens a new window) provides information regarding free or low-cost internet service plans during COVID-19 and call centers that assist people with signing up.
Affordable Internet Service Plans
Several broadband Internet and wireless cellphone service companies are offering free or low-cost internet access options in response to the COVID-19 health emergency. These services are offered in the areas each company serves, or as otherwise described. · For assistance in signing up for internet offerings, click here to find the closest call center in your area. To find out more about affordable internet plans offered in your zip code, see CPUC’s interactive map (opens a new window).