Hazardous Waste Facility Permit Modification to Revise Participation in the Personnel Training Program

Summary

SCH Number
2010088202
Lead Agency
Toxic Substances Control, Department of (Department of Toxic Substances Control)
Document Title
Hazardous Waste Facility Permit Modification to Revise Participation in the Personnel Training Program
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received

Document Description
The Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake (NAWS) holds a Hazardous Waste Facility Permit to store polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) at the PCB Storage Building (PCBSB). The waste includes fluids in containers, articles such as transformers, and containerized solid waste such as spill cleanup material, contaminated soil, and fluorescent light ballasts. The wastes are generated from phased removal of PCB dielectric items from locations throughout the facility, decommissioned equipment from range cleanup activities, equipment replacement, and spill cleanups. The wastes are stored up to 9 months before being transported to a final disposition facility. Under the permit, all personnel involved with operation of the PCBSB are required to complete Health and Safety Training for Hazardous Waste Workers, Respirator Protection, Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus, Confined Space Entry, and CPR (29 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] 1910.120). Personnel are also required to complete regular refresher courses. Until 2008, personnel in the Public Works High Voltage Shop assisted the PCBSB personnel with regular activities at the PCBSB and were required to have the same training. Since 2008, the phased removal of PCB items has been completed and the High Voltage Shop personnel no longer enter the PCBSB on a routine basis. If these workers enter the PCBSB, they are accompanied, and supervised, by PCBSB personnel. Therefore, the training plan in the permit is being modified to eliminate the requirement that the High Voltage Shop personnel receive this specialized training.

Contact Information
Beverly Rikala
Department of Toxic Substances Control
8800 Cal Center Drive
Sacramento, CA 95826

916-255-3746

Location

Counties
Kern
Other Location Info
City: China Lake

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Other
Type, Section or Code
15061(b)(3)
Reasons for Exemption
The project will have no significant environmental effect. The modification will not change the training plan and schedule for personnel that regularly work at the NAWS PCBSB. Previously, this included personnel deployed from the High Voltage Shop. Due to operational changes, these workers no longer regularly work at the PCBSB and would only work at the building briefly and under supervision of a trained hazardous waste worker.
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