The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has issued a variance to Republic Services of San Diego to transport treated wood waste from authorized generators and/or handler facilities to handler or disposal facilities. The variance allows treated wood waste to be managed under procedures different from, but equally protective to human health and the environment to, the provisions of California Health and Safety Code (HSC) Articles 6, 6.5 and 9 of Chapter 6.5 and California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 22, Division 4.5, Chapters 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, and/or 20.Under the terms and conditions of Variance TWW-2021-TR-00156, Republic Services of San Diego will ensure the treated wood waste will be appropriately managed. Treated wood waste is a fully regulated California-only hazardous waste because it exhibits the hazardous waste characteristic of toxicity. From 2007 to December 31, 2020, treated wood waste was managed under alternative management standards, established in 22 CCR 67386. The legislation that authorized the alternative management standards for treated wood waste expired on December 31, 2020. Republic Services of San Diego is a waste hauling company.
Under the variance, the authorized transporter may collect treated wood waste from generators and/or handlers and transport it to an authorized handler or disposal site. Operations generally include loading and unloading operations and shipping treated wood waste along existing transportation routes. No accumulation activities are authorized as a part of this variance. The variance will expire on September 14, 2021 with possibility of extension for an additional six months.