Managing Hazardous Waste

We strengthen regulations and streamline waste management

Regulatory Assistance – Useful Links & Contacts

With the plethora of information available on the worldwide web, the DTSC Regulatory Assistance Officers rely on an evolving list of useful Web sites to assist them in finding the answers to your questions. In the interest of saving you the time and the sometimes frustrating effort of finding the right Web site, they offer the following addresses. Of course, you are always welcome to talk to a “live person” by calling our Regulatory Assistance hotline (800-72TOXIC) or emailing

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Analytical Methods

SW-846 On-line. Test Methods for Evaluating Solid Waste Physical/Chemical Methods
U.S. EPA Information resource, “Test Methods for Evaluating Solid Waste Physical/Chemical Methods, SW-846.”

Business Sectors

Industry Sector Notebooks
The EPA’s Office of Compliance has developed a series of profiles or notebooks containing information on selected major industries. These notebooks, which focus on key indicators that holistically present air, water, and land pollutant release data, have been thoroughly reviewed by experts from both inside and outside the EPA

North American Industry Classification System
U.S. Census Bureau
Replacing the U.S. Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system

RCRA In Focus
Publications with regulatory updates, source reduction information and more. Includes dry cleaning, leather manufacturing, motor freight and railroad transportation, photo processing, printing and vehicle maintenance

Small Business Environmental Home Page
U.S. EPA Small Business Ombudsman
Information and links, “Helping Small Businesses Access Environmental Compliance and Pollution Prevention Information.”


Chemistry WebBook
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Provides thermochemical, thermophysical, and ion energetics data compiled by NIST under the Standard Reference Data Program

NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
Centers for Disease Control
Provides information on NIOSH exposure limits and OSHA permissible exposure limits


Commercially Permitted PCB Disposal Companies
U.S. EPA (Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics)
Site has a list of addresses and phone numbers of commercially permitted PCB Companies. Grouped by disposal methods

Drinking Water

Drinking Water Standards, Action Levels, and Unregulated Chemicals Requiring Monitoring
California Department of Health Services
Downloadable information on maximum contaminant and action levels
Contaminants in Drinking Water


Index Map of Recent Earthquakes
U.S. Geological Survey
US Geological Society Latest Earthquakes

Environmental Agencies – State

California Environmental Protection Agency
Access to Cal/EPA Board, Department and Office Web sites

Department of Toxic Substances Control

Air Resources Board
Board activities, including links to Air Districts

State Water Resources Control Board
Board activities, including links to Regional Water Quality Control Boards

Board activities, recycling and reuse, and more.

Solid Waste Information System (SWIS) Database

Department of Pesticide Regulation
Department of Pesticide Regulations programs and databases

Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
Information about the Office’s programs, including risk assessment, the REA program, Proposition 65

Environmental Agencies – Federal

Region 9 (San Francisco)
Information about Region 9 programs

Access to U.S. EPA databases/ Regulated Facility Information

U.S. EPA Superfund Sites
Includes information about Superfund sites, Enviromapper, technologies, CERCLIS database and more.

The Integrated Data for Enforcement Analysis system (IDEA)
A comprehensive single-source of environmental performance on regulated facilities within EPA. Provides information from the agency’s air, water, hazardous waste, Toxic Chemical Release Inventory, and Emergency Response Notification

Environmental Databases – State

California Environmental Resources Evaluation System
California Resources Agency
Provides access to a variety of electronic data describing California’s environments. Includes natural and cultural resource information from multiple contributors

Environmental Health

Agency for Toxic Substances Disease Registry
Centers for Disease Control
Information about the Agency’s health assessments, FAQs about the toxicology of chemicals, Hazardous Substance Release/Health Effects Database and more

Environmental Health Center
National Safety Council
Environmental chemical backgrounders, info on risk management, and more

California Conference of Directors of Environmental Health (CCDEH)
Information about the organization, links, and more

Environmental Products

Environmental Yellow Pages
DTSC cannot recommend specific environmental firms or products, so they refer callers to phone books. Thus, one source of listings of environmental services and products from participating companies in Northern California

EPA ID Number

EPA Forms 8700-12 and 8700-23
Office of Solid Waste
Notification of Regulated Waste Activity and forms and instructions

State of California
EPA ID Number Verification Questionnaire (VQ)
EPA ID Number and Manifest Fee Assessment
Frequently Asked Questions

Government – Local

California CUPA Forum
Information about CUPAs, training, rosters, calendar and more

CUPA Liaison Hotline
If you are a CUPA and have a question, please call our toll free number at 1-888-988-7058
California State Association of Counties
Information about and links to counties

League of California Cities
Provides links to California city Web sites

Government – State

State of California
Access to all state government Web sites

State of California
Access to the State Assembly, Senators, committees, districts and other related links

California Senate
Access to the state Senate, its legislative activities, the members and more

California Assembly
Access to the state Assembly, its legislative activities, the members and more

Government – Federal

U. S. Senate
Access to Senate legislative activities, the members and more

U. S. House
Access to House legislative activities, the members and more


California Department of Public Health
Links to information on lead, medical waste and more

Health & Safety

California Occupational Safety and Health Agency Subchapter 7.
General Industry Safety Orders Workplace Safety Regulations. 

California Occupational Safety and Health Agency Workplace Safety Publications
Fact sheets, brochures and other items providing information on workplace health and safety.

California Occupational Safety and Health Agency
Office locations and telephone numbers throughout the state.

Indoor Air

Indoor Air Quality Program, Environmental Health Laboratory Branch
Department of Health Services
Information about the state’s indoor air quality program

Industrial Hygiene

American Industrial Hygiene Association
Gives links to AIHA sections, agencies, institutions

Land Disposal

Wastes Allowed For Discharge At Disposal Facilities
State Water Resources Control Board – Chapter 15 Homepage
This page contains updated lists provided by the Regional Water Quality Control Boards
(RWQCBs) of open, commercial Class I, II, and III landfills and the types of wastes accepted at each

Laws – State

California Health and Safety Code
Index with links

Bill Information
Access to bills in the California legislature, both chaptered and not

California Law
Access to State laws, Constitution and general legislative information

Laws – Federal

Cornell Law School
Access to federal laws, court decisions and more

Thomas – Legislative Information on the Internet
Federal legislation, Congressional Record, and Congressional committee information, maintained by the Library of Congress

Environmental Laws Publication
U.S. EPA, Region 5
Reader-friendly abstracts of federal environmental laws


U.S. EPA Superfund Sites
Includes information about Superfund sites, Enviromapper, technologies, CERCLIS database and more

National Mapping Information
U.S. Geological Survey
Various mapping on-line services

Geospatial Data, Information, and Related Products
U.S. Geological Survey
The production of digital cartographic data and graphic maps comprises the largest component of the USGS National Mapping Program (NMP)

Earth Science Information Center
U.S. Geological Survey
Offers nationwide information for USGS map products and earth science publications

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Atlanta, Georgia
Applying the concepts, methods, and tools of geospatial information science to public health research and practice


Measurements Converter
Plug-in converter

Medical Waste

Medical Waste Program
Department of Health Services
The Medical Waste Management (Program) permits and inspects Medical Waste Offsite Treatment Facilities and Transfer Stations and oversees Medical Waste Transporters


Human and Ecological Risk Office, CalTOX
Department of Toxic Substances Control

Cal/Ecotox Database
Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment Exposure factors and toxicity info for 62 Calif animal species Species Data Base to assist in ecological risk assessment

Material Safety Data Sheets – Now SDS

Guidance for understanding format and contents of the SDS
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) (29 CFR 1910.1200(g)), revised in 2012, requires that the chemical manufacturer, distributor, or importer provide Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) (formerly MSDSs or Material Safety Data Sheets) for each hazardous chemical to downstream users to communicate information on these hazards

Other Useful Links

Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
Cal/EPA Links, including non-U.S


National Pesticide Information Center
NPIC is a cooperative agreement between Oregon State University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
NPIC provides objective, science-based information about pesticides and pesticide-related topics to enable people to make informed decisions

Department of Pesticide Regulation

Pollution Prevention & Recycling

Best Manufacturing Practices Center of Excellence
Office of Naval Research, U.S. Department of Commerce and the University of Maryland at College Park

Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse (ERCC)
National Center for Electronics Recycling

Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI)

National Pollution Prevention Roundtable
Provides a national forum for promoting the development, implementation, and evaluation of efforts to avoid, eliminate, or reduce pollution at the source

North Carolina Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance (DPPEA)
DPPEA provides pollution prevention information, resources, and links for industry, small businesses, and local government

Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC)
PPRC provides pollution prevention information, facilitates information exchange, and catalyzes pollution prevention projects

Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx)
The P2Rx is a consortium of eight regional pollution prevention information centers providing pollution prevention information, networking opportunities and other services to States, local governments and technical assistance providers in their region

San Diego Area Green Business Network
A cooperative regional effort that proactively assists businesses to come into full compliance with environmental regulations and encourages businesses to take extra steps towards pollution prevention and resource conservation

Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program
The SCVURPPP concentrates its efforts on identifying pollution sources and implementing pollution prevention measures that are within the authority and ability of its Co-permittees

The Story of Stuff
The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Pollution Prevention
U.S. EPA provides general information about P2 practices, describes the array of P2 programs and initiatives administered by EPA and other organizations, and provides contacts for further information

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
The USGBC provides resources and information on green building tools to promote green building construction

Reusable Industrial Packaging Association
Sustainable Industrial Packaging Solutions

Autocare Association
Filter Manufacturers Council
Information regarding state regulations and companies that transport, process and recycle used oil filters

Western Pollution Prevention
An interactive information exchange network designed to bring you up-to-date information on Pollution Prevention/Source Reduction

Proposition 65

Proposition 65 List
Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
The list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity

Regulations – State

California Code of Regulations
Title 22, Division 4.5 has most of the hazardous waste regulations. CUPA regulations are in Title 27

Regulations – Federal

National Archives and Records Administration
Access to the Code of Federal Regulations and the Federal Register, and more


U.S. National Library of Medicine
Toxicology Data Network


Office of Hazardous Materials Safety
U.S. Department of Transportation
Information about the national safety program for the transportation of hazardous materials by air, rail, highway and water

National Hazardous Materials Route Registry
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Contains the national repository of both non-radioactive hazardous materials and radioactive routes which are either designated for the hazmat transportation or restricted from use by hazmat carriers

Office of Hazardous Materials Safety
U.S. Department of Transportation
Training modules and requirements for classification, packaging, hazard communication, incident reporting, handling and transportation of hazardous materials

Underground Tanks

Local Oversight Program
State Water Resources Control Board