Managing Hazardous Waste

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SB 673 Permit Criteria – Community Protection


In October 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 673. The bill was authored by southern California Senator Ricardo Lara to improve DTSC’s permitting process for hazardous waste facilities and increase community protection through stronger permit criteria.

DTSC chose to implement SB 673 by dividing the regulations into two tracks:


Permitting Criteria


Track 1 – DTSC developed permit criteria regulations for compliance history, data for a community profile, financial responsibility, training for facility personnel, and a health risk assessment for facility operations.

Temporary Suspension of Enforcement of Certain Provisions of Financial Assurance Regulations-DTSC ADVISORY No. 2019-01

Fact Sheet – Overview of Financial Responsibility

Fact Sheet – Hazardous Waste Facility Permitting Criteria Regulations

Regulations– Effective January 1, 2019

VSP Fact Sheet

Please see the Violations Scoring Procedure web page for more information.


Permitting Criteria


Track 2 – DTSC will increase protections for vulnerable communities through additional permit criteria to address cumulative impacts and establish setback distances from locations, such as schools, daycare centers and hospitals.

The following research provided by University of California, is available upon request by contacting DTSC permits.

Cumulative Impacts near California Hazardous Waste Operating Facilities: Data Analysis and Methods, Prepared for DTSC by Nicholas Depsky, Lara Cushing, and Rachel Morello-Frosch, Sustainability and Health Equity Lab, UC Berkeley (December 2019)

Outline for Updated Framework, March 2020 (English)

Esquema del Marco, Marzo 2020 (Espanol)

SB 673 Draft Regulatory Framework Concepts – English (10/18 version)
Regulatorios del SB 673 – Español

SB 673 Fact Sheet (2018)- English
Hoja de Datos del SB 673 – Español

Webinar Script explanation of SB 673 Regulatory Framework Concepts-English

SB 673 Webinar Link-Permit Criteria for Vulnerable Communities – an explanation of SB 673 Regulatory Framework Concepts-English

Questions or inquiries regarding this project can be directed to Evelia Rodriguez at DTSC. 

Public Feedback Requested

DTSC is accepting comments on the October 2018 Draft SB 673 Cumulative Impacts and Community Vulnerability Draft Regulatory Framework Concepts. Written feedback on the 10/18 draft of the Regulatory Framework Concepts are due on April 30, 2019 and should be sent via email to Evelia Rodriguez. There will be additional opportunities for public participation and to provide written feedback when the regulatory framework is updated.

Upcoming Events

View Upcoming Events
  • Revised Regulatory framework coming Summer 2019
  • Public workshops will be coming Fall 2019

Past Events

October 2018 Community Workshops

-October 22, 2018: South Los Angeles
-October 24, 2018: Kern County (Lamont)
  • Workshop Summary – English
  • SB 673 taller Resumen de Comentarios – Español
  • Workshop Summary of Comments – English
  • Lamont Resumen de Comantarios – Español
  • Workshop Presentation – English
  • Presentación de Taller – Español
  • Workshop Agenda – English
  • Agenda de la Reunion – Español
  • Bakersfield Kern Landscape Map
-October 25, 2018: Oakland

March & July 2017 Symposia

July 27, 2017 Symposium



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Additional Information

CalEnviroscreen Fact Sheet – English –  June 2018
Hoja de Datos de CalEnviroscreen – Español

SB 673 Statute – English – October 2015
SB 673 Estatuo – Español

DTSC Permitting Process Graphic with SB 673 Changes – English – October 2018
DTSC Permitting Process Graphic with SB 673 Changes – Español

Environmental Equity Timeline – English – October 2018
Timeline de Equidad Ambiental – Español

Hazardous Waste Facilities Statewide Map – October 2018

Hazardous Waste Operating Facilities List – November 2018

Glossary of Terms – English – November 2018
Glosario de Términos – Español