Flammable Bulking Variance for Santa Clara County Household Hazardous Waste Program - HHWVAR970101R2


SCH Number
Public Agency
Department of Toxic Substances Control
Document Title
Flammable Bulking Variance for Santa Clara County Household Hazardous Waste Program - HHWVAR970101R2
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Variance to Santa Clara County Health Department, Household Hazardous Waste Program from hazardous waste facility requirements found in California Code of Regulation, Title 22, Section 67450.4, Subsection (e)(2)(A) pertaining to consolidation of solvents, oil-based paints or gasoline during hours when wastes are being collected. This variance is limited to Temporary Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, events sponsored by Santa Clara County. Consolidation of wastes provides an appropriate and economical means of disposing household and conditionally exempt small quantity generator (CESQG) hazardous wastes. The variance is based on the evidence that: 1. The consolidation protocol is approved by the local fire and air quality control district and the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC); 2. Waste will be consolidated by trained personnel wearing respiratory protection limited to two-hour sessions with 15-minute rest periods in between; 3. Consolidation area shall be at least 50 feet from areas accessible to the general public; 4. Consolidation shall only be done outdoors and under favorable conditions; and 5. Santa Clara County has been consolidating flammable wastes since December 1993, under variance authority, with no adverse effects to the public health and safety or the environment.

Contact Information

Charles McLaughlin
Agency Name
Department of Toxic Substances Control
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Santa Clara

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Sec 15061
Reasons for Exemption
1. Public participants will be required to remain in their vehicle at all times and traffic will be directed in such a way to remain a distance of at least 50 feet from consolidation areas; 2. The fire department has determined that a distance of 50 feet from the consolidation area is an adequate distance to prevent exposure to hazardous constituents by any public participant; 3. Waste will be pre-evaluated to ensure compatibility with other consolidated wastes to prevent any possibility of fire or reaction; 4. Consolidation will be conducted by qualified personnel, trained in proper consolidation procedures, and wearing appropriate personal protective equipment including a respirator; 5. The number of workers consolidating waste will be limited and also the length of time the workers will consolidate waste will be limited to prevent excessive exposure; and 6. A monitoring program evaluated by DTSC found no adverse effect on the public or workers during past events when the approved consolidation protocol was followed.

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