Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA)
WHAT IS A CUPA?
Senate Bill 1082, passed in 1993, created the Unified Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Materials Management Regulatory Program (Unified Program), which requires the administrative consolidation of six hazardous materials and waste programs (program elements) under one agency, a Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA). The program elements consolidated under the Unified Program are as follows:
- Hazardous Materials Inventory and Business Plan Program
- Hazardous Waste Generator
- Onsite Hazardous Waste Treatment (Tiered Permitting) Programs
- Underground Storage Tank (UST) Program
- Aboveground Storage Tank Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plan (SPCC) Program
- California Accidental Release Prevention (CalARP) Program
Under the Unified Program, application forms are standardized and consolidated, inspections are combined where possible, annual fees for each program element are merged into a single fee system, and enforcement procedures are made more consistent. The goal of the Unified Program is to create a more cohesive, effective and efficient program. As part of this program, the State has assessed a service fee (surcharge) to fund their oversight activities; the local agency collects the surcharge for the state, but retains no portion of it.
CUPA PROGRAM ELEMENTS
Hazardous Material Business Plan (also known as a Unified Program Facility Permit Application) [Health and Safety Code (H&SC), Chapter 6.95] A Business Plan means a separate plan for each facility, site, or branch of a business. the completion and submittal of the Business Plan serves as the CUPA Unified Program Permit Application.
A business is required to establish and submit a Business Plan if the facility handles hazardous material equal to or greater than 55 gallons, 500 pounds or 200 cubic feet at any time during the year. Examples of common materials considered to be hazardous are all types of fuels (including propane), oil (including both new and used oil), paints, inks, solvents, compressed gas over 200 cubic feet at or above 15 psi and those materials which require a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) or have a NFPA rating of 1 or higher for health, flammability, reactivity or have a specific hazard.
Businesses are required to notify Oxnard Fire CUPA within (30) days of any substantial change to their Business Plan. This would include a 100 percent change in the quantity of any hazardous material handled, any new hazardous material handled over the threshold quantities, a substantial change in operations, or a change of business address, ownership or name. Notification can be satisfied by submitting changes through the California Environmental Reporting System (CERS) at http://cers.calepa.ca.gov/Home .
BUSINESS PLAN ANNUAL REPORTING REQUIREMENTS
A business that handles hazardous materials equal to or greater than the threshold quantities must meet annual state-specified electronic reporting requirements. Annual submissions are satisfied by submitting changes through the California Environmental Reporting System (CERS) http://cers.calepa.ca.gov. The Unified Program (Hazardous Materials Business Plan) forms will no longer be available on our website. HMBP submissions and re-certifications will be accepted throughout the year provided they are submitted within 12 months of the last submission or re-certification date.
The Business Plan Annual Reporting Requirements are:
If There Are No Changes To A Business Plan:
A business can comply with the annual state reporting requirements by submitting the Facility Information and the Hazardous Materials Inventory information through CERS per the initial or prior submittal.
If There Are Changes To A Business Plan:
A business must submit all changes through CERS to include any updates to the Facility Information, Hazardous Materials Inventory, facility site maps, and the Emergency Response/Contingency Plan.
Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) – Forms and Handouts
Hazardous Materials (Business Plan)
- File Review Request Form – 147 KB
- Site Map – 100 KB
- Carbon Dioxide Guidance – 30 KB
- Carbon Dioxide Checklist – 70 KB
- CUPA Hazardous Materials Program – 2.83 MB
- CUPA Programa de Materiales Peligrosos – 1.32 MB
- Frequently Asked Business Plan Questions – 70 KB
- Gateway to Local Certified Unified Program Agencies Throughout California
- State of California Department of Toxic Substances Control