Variance TWW-2021-LG-00466 to Allow the Generation/Accumulation/Transport of TWW under Alternate Procedures by Peninsula Corridor Joint Power Board

Summary

SCH Number
2021050355
Public Agency
Department of Toxic Substances Control
Document Title
Variance TWW-2021-LG-00466 to Allow the Generation/Accumulation/Transport of TWW under Alternate Procedures by Peninsula Corridor Joint Power Board
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
5/17/2021

Document Description
The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has issued a variance to Peninsula Corridor Joint Power Board (CAC003110379) to generate and accumulate treated wood waste on-site. The applicant may transport the treated wood waste generated on-site to an authorized handler or disposal facility. The treated wood waste is generated as a result of replacement of railroad bridge. 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-LG-00466, Peninsula Corridor Joint Power Board will ensure the treated wood waste will be appropriately managed. The treated wood waste management activities are part of the reconstruction of railroad bridge to current seismic standards. 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, Peninsula Corridor Joint Power Board 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. Peninsula Corridor Joint Power Board is a The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (the JPB) provides the Caltrain commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose. As part of the operation of the railroad, the JPB also undertakes various capital improvement projects that may occasionally generate TWW. The applicant previously conducted treated wood waste management activities under the now expired alternative management standards established at 22 CCR 67386. Under the variance, the authorized large quantity generator may generate, accumulate, treated wood waste on-site. The generator may transport the treated wood waste generated on site to authorized handler and/or disposal facilities. Operations generally include loading and unloading operations and shipping treated wood waste along existing transportation routes. Accumulation and transport 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 November 9, 2021 with possibility of extension for an additional six months.

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

Phone : (916) 322-0471
John.Muegge@dtsc.ca.gov

Location

Counties
San Francisco
Regions
San Francisco Bay Area
Other Location Info
2 Napoleon Street, San Francisco, CA 94124

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.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
NOE_TWW-2021-LG-00466_signed   PDF 130 K

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