Variance TWW-2021-HT-00229 to Allow the Transport and Accumulation of Treated Wood Waste under Alternate Procedures by Tope's Tree Service, Inc.

Summary

SCH Number
2021040521
Public Agency
Department of Toxic Substances Control
Document Title
Variance TWW-2021-HT-00229 to Allow the Transport and Accumulation of Treated Wood Waste under Alternate Procedures by Tope's Tree Service, Inc.
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
4/22/2021

Document Description
The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has is sued a variance to Tope's Tree Service, Inc. to accumulate and transport treated wood waste to an authorized handler or disposal facility. 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 termsand conditions of Variance TWW-2021-HT-00229, Tope's Tree Service, Inc. 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. Without the issuance of the variance, Tope's Tree Service, Inc. would be required to register as a hazardous waste transporter with DTSC and manifest treated wood waste as a hazardous waste prior to disposal at a hazardous waste disposal facility. Tope's Tree Service, Inc. is a tree service company and green waste hauler. Under the variance, the authorized handler-transporter may collect, accumulate, and transport treated wood waste from generators, transporters, and/or handlers to authorized handler and/or disposal facilities. Operations generally include loading and unloading operations and shipping treated wood waste along existing transportation routes. Accumulation of treated wood waste includes taking appropriate precautions to prevent unauthorized access to and prevent leaching to the environment of the treated wood waste. The variance will expire on October 16, 2021 with possibility of extension for an additional six months.

Contact Information
Rostislav Boytsan
Department of Toxic Substances Control
Lead/Public Agency
1001 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone : (916) 327-4041
Rostislav.Boytsan@dtsc.ca.gov

Location

Counties
Monterey
Regions
Southern California
Other Location Info
225 River Rd., Salinas, CA 93908

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
CCR Title 14, Sec. 15301
Reasons for Exemption
All analysis conducted included the potential extension of the variance for an additional six months. DTSC has determined none of the exceptions to the categorical exemptions apply to this project, as described in Public Resources Code Section 21084(c), (d), and (e), and 14 CCR Section 15300.2. This project consists of the accumulation and storage of the treated wood waste is consistent with the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing public or private structure, involving negligible or no expansion of existing or former use.
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