Managing Hazardous Waste

We strengthen regulations and streamline waste management

Enforcement’s Core Activities

Enforcement protects public health and the environment through the following core activities:

  • Regularly inspect facilities that are authorized under full permits and standardized permits for compliance with applicable requirements for hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal;
  • Inspect hazardous waste generators, transporters, used oil recycling facilities and handlers, and electronic waste recyclers and handlers;
  • Target compliance initiatives to specific geographic regions and industries by using data and intelligence sources;
  • Collaborate with DTSC’s Office of Permitting (OP) and Geologic Services Branch (GSB) to evaluate and inspect groundwater monitoring systems at operating and closed land disposal facilities;
  • Solicit illegal hazardous waste management complaints, operate the statutorily mandated Waste Alert Hotline, collaborate with Cal/EPA to implement the Single Complaint Tracking System for environmental concerns, and triage investigation-related complaints for referral to other agencies;
  • Investigate illegal hazardous waste activity and restricted materials complaints;
  • Conduct timely and appropriate enforcement actions on violations found through inspections and complaints;
  • Support OP in evaluating permit and permit modification applications;
  • Support and evaluate the hazardous waste portion of the Certified Unified Program Agencies’ (CUPAs) implementation of the Unified Program;
  • Implement the Unified Program as the CUPA for Imperial and Trinity Counties;
  • Coordinate and provide trainers for the Cal/EPA Basic Inspector Academy training, for Cal/EPA BDOs, CUPAs, and other law enforcement agencies; and,
  • Coordinate hazardous waste inspection and enforcement activities with US EPA, CUPAs and other agencies.