Unauthorized release reporting
- The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) is the Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) for the City of Los Angeles. California Code of Regulation Title 19 section 2631 requires immediate reporting of any release or threatened release of a hazardous material. If emergency response is needed contact 911. The handler or an employee, authorized representative, agent, or designee of a handler shall provide immediate verbal report of any release or threatened release of a hazardous material to the Cal OES State Warning Center at (800) 852-7550 AND the local CUPA at (213) 978-3680. In addition the Los Angeles City Fire Code requires additional reporting to the link provided below. The reporting shall include, as a minimum the following information:
(1) The exact location of the release or threatened release;
(2) The name of the person reporting the release or threatened release;
(3) The hazardous materials involved in the release or threatened release;
(4) An estimate of the quantity of hazardous materials involved; and
(5) If known, the potential hazards presented by the hazardous material involved
- You are required to leave a voice mail for the local CUPA with all the required information. A voice mail without the required information is not consider reporting and can be liable for civil penalties up to $25,000 per day for each violation (HSC 25515)
- In addition to the voice mail you are required to provide the LAFD notificaiton through the notification form at the bottom of this page.
- If the release exceeds the EPCRA reportable quantity, the facility must notify National Response Center (800) 424-8802, and provide a detailed written follow-up as soon as practicable. Information about accidental chemical releases must be made available to the public.
- A written follow-up notice shall be sent to the Chemical Emergency Planning and Response Commission (CEPRC) at 3650 Schriever Avenue, Mather, CA 95655. This written report shall be sent as soon as practicable but no later than 30 days from the date of the release.
Click HERE for Written notification to the Fire Department
Any person who has knowledge of an unauthorized release of a hazardous substance shall notify the Chief immediately. A written report shall be submitted by the owner, operator, or permittee within 10 days after the escape of a hazardous substance from a primary container when the unauthorized release:
1. Has occurred or has the potential to enter groundwater.
2. Could endanger life, property, or the environment.
3. Is contained by secondary containment.
The written report shall provide information to the Department relating to the ability of the permittee to contain and dispose of the hazardous substance, the estimated time it will take to achieve this, and the degree of hazard created. The Chief may verify that the hazardous substance is being contained and appropriately disposed of. If at any time it is determined that the permittee is not adequately containing and disposing of such hazardous substance, the Chief shall have the power and authority to initiate and direct an emergency response in order to protect the public safety, health and welfare, public and private property, wildlife, marine fisheries, wet lands or ocean resources, or natural environment. The permittee shall be liable for reimbursement to the Department for all emergency response costs incurred.
HSC Section 25295(a)(1)Underground Storage of Hazardous Substances
An unauthorized release is “reportable” if the hazardous substance escapes from the secondary containment, or from the primary containment, if no secondary containment exists, and increases the hazard of fire or explosion, or causes deterioration of the secondary containment of the UST system (HSC, section 25295(a)(1)). Pursuant to HSC, section 25281(x), an unauthorized release is any release of any hazardous substance that does not conform to chapter 6.7.
The correct process for reporting a “reportable” unauthorized release is for an owner or operator to report the release within 24 hours to the UPA by contacting (213)978-3680, and transmit information regarding the unauthorized release to the UPA no later than five working days after the date of the occurrence of the unauthorized “reportable” release. When reporting release information please visit HERE. Owners or operators must provide the UPA with the following: 1) a description of the nature and volume of the unauthorized release; 2) the corrective or remedial actions undertaken; 3) any further corrective or remedial actions, including investigative actions, that will be needed to clean up the unauthorized release and abate the effects of the unauthorized release; 4) a time schedule for implementing the actions specified in HSC, section 25295(c); 5) the source and cause of the unauthorized release; 6) the UST system’s record of compliance with chapter 6.7, including data on equipment failures; and 7) any other information the State Water Board deems necessary to implement or comply with this chapter 6.7, chapter 6.75 (commencing with section 25299.10), or the federal act (HSC, section 25295(a)(1)). 4 In addition to the reporting requirements in HSC, section 25295(a)(1), UST owners or operators also may be required to comply with additional reporting requirements, including, but not limited to, reporting requirements in Water Code, sections 13271 and 13272 and reporting an unauthorized release to the Office of Emergency Services if emergency response personnel and equipment were involved at any time (HSC, section 25295(c)).