This project consists of reissuing the J&B Refining (J&B), Standardized Hazardous Waste Facility Permit (Permit) for operations in Santa Clara, California.
The Facility is involved in the reclamation of precious and semiprecious metals from hazardous wastes generated from manufacturing operations such as the electronics industry, including wastes from printed circuit board manufacturers, plating shops, and other like manufacturers.
J&B has been involved in precious metals recovery from electronics waste since 1974. Before moving to its current location (Russell Avenue), J&B operated precious metals recovery operation at 342 Laurelwood Road in Santa Clara under a Standardized Hazardous Waste Facility Permit (Standardized Permit) issued on December 23, 1997. In 2001, DTSC issued J&B a Standardized Permit with an effective date of January 6, 2002 and an expiration date of January 6, 2012. The Standardized Permit authorized the Facility to operate hazardous waste storage and treatment facility at its current location to reclaim precious metals from offsite-generated wastes including new and used scrap metals, plating baths and other solution generated primarily by the electronics industry. DTSC modified this permit on May 11, 2009 to resolve discrepancies between the Waste Analysis Plan and the Permit. On July 1, 2011, the Permittee submitted an application for renewal of the Standardized Permit. DTSC determined the application to be administratively complete on November 14, 2011. The Standardized Permit expired on January 6, 2012. In accordance with California Code of Regulations, title 22, section 66270.51, J&B is allowed to continue operating under the terms of the expired permit until DTSC makes a final permit determination on J&B's renewal application.
The permit will allow the owner to continue to store or treat hazardous waste in 15 units. The Waste Treatment System, defined as Unit #5 in the January 7, 2002 Standardized Permit, has been re-designated as six units: #5 and #11 through #15 in this permit for record-keeping purposes only; there has been no actual physical change to the Waste Treatment System. The proposed project includes adding authorizing another 200-gallong container to a Unit #3, thereby increasing unit capacity to 800 gallons.