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Martinez, CA 94553-2229


                                                                                                                                          Volume LX                                    Contra Costa Hazardous Materials Programs                                January - March, 2009
Attn: Environmental Department

                                                                                                                                         STORM WATER DISCHARGES                                                                                                              By Eric Jonsson

                                                                                                                                         Only rainwater should be allowed to enter the storm
Printed on Recycled Paper
                                                                                                                                         drain system. This message has been given to busi-
                                                                                                                                         nesses for years by County’s Hazardous Materials
                                                                                                                                         Specialists, source control inspectors from multiple
                                                                                                                                         sanitary sewer districts and city employees responsible
                                                                                                                                         for storm water quality.
                                                                                                                                         A number of businesses are required to file a Notice Of
                                                                                                                                         Intent (NOI) with the state based on the industrial activity
                                                                                                                                         conducted at their sites. This is determined by the North
                                                                                                                                         American Industrial Classification System (NAICS, for-
                                                                                                                                         merly Standard Industrial Classification or SIC) code used
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Photo credit: Safa Toma, EBMUD
                                                                                                                                         to categorize the facility. Examples of facilities required
                                                                                                                                         to file a NOI are                                                                 If your business is required to file a NOI with the state,
  STORM WATER continued                                                 AUTOMOTIVE PAINT continued
                                                                                                                                            •	 Manufacturing facilities                                                    some conditions apply. Currently, your business
  concrete), and biodegradable fluids (including soaps).                the amended regulation. The BAAQMD estimates that                   •	 Mining/oil and gas facilities                                               must pay an annual fee of $1,008.00, prepare a
  Soaps and biodegradable solvents dissolve to provide                  the initial operational costs of the transition will increase       •	 Recycling facilities such as metal scrap yards                              storm water pollution prevention plan and submit
  nutrients which algae use to grow in creeks and streams.              by 20%. However, the costs may be offset by reduced                    and auto dismantlers                                                        for analysis two samples of runoff water during the
  Oxygen in the creek is depleted when bacteria break                   waste generation. Additionally, there is a health benefit           •	 Transportation facilities (trucking companies,                              rainy season. Facilities that are not required to file
  down the algae, degrading water quality for native fish.              of lower exposures of VOC emissions to the workplace                   taxi companies, etc.) that conduct vehicle main-                            a NOI must still follow Best Management Practices
  Any solids discharged can cover the natural gravel beds               and the general public.                                                tenance such as fueling, cleaning, and repairing                            (BMP’s) to prevent runoff of any industrial materials
  in streams, preventing fish eggs from obtaining needed                                                                                    •	 Certain facilities where industrial materials,                              to the storm drain system.
                                                                        For more information, refer to the BAAQMD website at
  oxygen for development and survival.                                  http://www.baaqmd.gov.                                                 chemicals, and equipment are exposed to rain/                               Examples of industrial materials are oils, solvents,
                                                                                                                                               storm water runoff, and                                                     any automotive fluids, paints, solids (such as silt and
  An important aspect of the storm drain system in Con-
                                                                                                                                            •	 Other industries as identified by NAICS codes.
  tra Costa County is that it is separate from the sanitary               The HAZ MAT RECORDER is published quarterly by                                                                                                                                                (Continued on page 4)
  sewer. Certain discharges are allowed in the sanitary                   Contra Costa Health Services, Hazardous Materials Programs
  sewer with a proper permit. Soaps and biodegrad-
                                                                          Dr. William Walker, Director, Health Services                     Within This Issue
                                                                          Randall Sawyer, Director, Hazardous Materials Programs
  able solvents break down appropriately in the sanitary                  Trisha Asuncion, Editor, Haz Mat Recorder                         STORM WATER DISCHARGES .............................................................................................................. 1
  district’s treatment plant, whereas they are not allowed                Layout design by Trisha Asuncion                                  General requirements for industry to keep our waters clean.
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  into the storm drain. Contra Costa County Hazardous                                                                                       THE DARK SIDE OF GREEN .................................................................................................................. 2
  Materials Programs conducts storm water inspections                     Please address questions, comments, and suggestions to:           Products considered less hazardous are not completely harmless.
                                                                                   Contra Costa Health Services
  in unincorporated areas of the county. Source control                            Hazardous Materials Programs                             EDITOR’S NOTE...................................................................................................................................... 2
  inspectors for various sanitary districts conduct these                          4333 Pacheco Boulevard                                   Passing of the baton.
  inspections in Contra Costa County’s cities.                                     Martinez, CA 94553-2229                                  BREATHING EASIER .............................................................................................................................. 3
                                                                                  (925) 646-2286                                            Changes are in place to further reduce VOC emissions from the automotive refinishing industry.
  Please contact a Hazardous Materials Specialist if you have any                 (925) 646-2073                                            HAZ WASTE MANAGEMENT/CUPA PACKET CLASSES ..................................................................... 3
  questions regarding Best Management Practices for your industry                                                                           Classes are offered to assist businesses on CUPA packets and basic hazardous wastes handling.
  at (925) 646-2286.
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THE DARK SIDE OF GREEN                                                                            By Claudia Pingatore      BREATHING EASIER                                                     HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT/
                                                                                                                                                                      By Trisha Asuncion
                                                                                                                                                                                                 CUPA PACKET CLASSES OFFERED
If you have heard about low-VOC paints and other                                                                            By October 1, 2009, the automotive refinishing indus-
environmentally-friendly products, you may be                                                                               try—from auto body shops to manufacturers and sell-                       Hazardous Waste...
relieved that you have alternatives to potentially toxic                                                                    ers of coatings—will be required by the Bay Area Air                      What to throw away?
items. While they are much less threatening to humans                                                                       Quality Management District (BAAQMD) to abide by                          How to throw it away?
and the environment than conventional products, that                                                                        stricter VOC (volatile organic compound) limits.                          Where to throw it?
does not mean they are completely safe.
                                                                                                                                                            Established by the Califor-          Answers to your specific questions are part of the free seminar
Low-mercury fluorescent lighting does                                                                                                                       nia Air Resources Board              hosted by the Contra Costa Hazardous Materials Programs and
                                                                                                                                                                                                 presented by Safety Compliance Management (SCM).*
not contain as much mercury as regular                                                                                                                      (CARB) under the 2005
fluorescent lighting, but still presents the                                                                                                                Suggested Control Mea-               The sessions will cover a range of topics including the clas-
hazard of the neurotoxin. Labels on boxes                                                                                                                   sure (SCM) for Automotive            sifications of hazardous wastes, the rules that apply to each
may state “meets federal EPA standards for                                                                                                                  Coatings, these new limits           type of generator, how to manage your hazardous wastes,
                                                                                                                                                                                                 inspection and labeling requirements, and common problems
normal disposal” but they are misleading.                                                                                                                   intend to further reduce
                                                                                                                                                                                                 that may lead to non-compliance. Additionally, it will provide
Low-mercury light bulbs are still considered                     Remember that substances are considered hazardous                                          VOC emissions. The SCM
                                                                                                                                                                                                 information on the overlapping requirements related to waste
hazardous waste in California and cannot be                      for a reason: they can harm our bodies and the planet,     provides guidelines for California air districts to amend            handlers including those of Cal-OSHA and the U.S. Depart-
disposed in regular landfills.                                   whether directly or indirectly. When laws are written,     Regulation 8, Rule 45, which regulates VOC emissions                 ment of Transportation.
                                                                 potential health effects from exposure are not the only    from the automotive refinishing industry. Changes to this
Similarly, low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints           factors considered, which means that regulations allow     regulation were finalized by BAAQMD in December 2008                 Basic Haz Waste Management Class Dates:
are healthier than high-VOC paints. However, low-VOC             for an acceptable level of hazard. If you have a choice,   and now reflect the stricter limits set by the SCM.                  Thursday, February 5, 2009 ............ 9:00 a.m. – Noon
paints still emit VOCs—both while on the wall and when           choose the least toxic product available. Low-mercury                                                                           Wednesday, February 11, 2009..1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
disposed of as a liquid. Because of this, any excess paint       lights and low-VOC paints are great options, but con-      Over 70% of VOC emissions are attributed to the use of
that will no longer be used should be taken to your local        sider LED lights (which are energy efficient and have      solvents used in color coatings and surface preparation and                               *Based in San Ramon, the SCM team works with firms in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      managing their hazardous wastes and training personnel
household hazardous waste facility. Not only would it            no toxic chemicals) and no-VOC or all-natural paints.      clean-up.1 VOCs react with nitrogen oxides and light in the                               in requirements of regulations.
be disposed of properly—making sure our environment              But whatever you buy, make sure you dispose of it re-      atmosphere to form ozone which interferes with lung func-
is kept as clean as possible—but the paints can likely be        sponsibly—for the sake of your health and the health of    tion. In addition, solvents used in automotive refinishing
made available for reuse!                                        all life around you.                                       contain chemicals such as toluene, xylene, and methyl ethyl          CUPA Packets are due March 2, 2009.
                                                                                                                            ketone, which are known to have adverse health effects in            It is that time of the year again to submit Haz-
                                                                                                                            high-level exposures.                                                ardous Materials Business Plans and other
                                                                                                                                                                                                 paperwork included in the CUPA packet. Need



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                                                                                                                                                                                                 help demystifying the contents of the packet--
 EDITOR’S NOTE                                                                                                              According to a recent BAAQMD report, VOC                             what forms should be filled out and submitted
               Passing of the Baton           n September 2008, Elaine Glimme retired after 20 years with the               emissions from Bay Area automotive coat-                             by the deadline? Take advantage of this class!
                                          Contra Costa Hazardous Materials Programs. We thank Elaine for her                ings operations total 5.8 tons per day (tpd).2                       CUPA Packet Class Dates:
                                          service not only as a Hazardous Materials Specialist and lead of the Haz-                                                                              Tuesday, January 27, 2009 ............. 9:00 a.m. – Noon
                                          ardous Waste Generator Program but also, as the creator and steadfast                                                                                  Thursday, February 5, 2009 .... 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
                                          editor of The Haz Mat Recorder. Her vast regulatory knowledge was an                                                                                   Wednesday, February 11, 2009 ....... 9:00 a.m. – Noon
                                                                                                                            To meet the stricter VOC limits auto body repair shops must
                                          asset to the Programs. Elaine shared this knowledge with her colleagues
                                                                                                                            use low-VOC content, like waterborne solvents, in their
                                          and through the pages of the Recorder, to the masses.
                                                                                                                            automotive refinishing operations. This may require the
                                                                                                                            installation of new spray booths and air-moving equipment.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 REGISTER NOW!
                                          Years ago, Elaine created the Haz Mat Recorder to inform the regulated                                                                                                        Enrollment for the Basic Hazardous
                                                                                                                            In Contra Costa County, many of these shops have made or
                                          community and general public about the ever-changing environmental                                                                                                            Waste Management and CUPA Packet
                                                                                                                            are in the process of making the transition to comply with
                                          regulatory landscape in California. These regulatory changes may affect                                                                                                       classes is on a first-come-first serve
                                          practices at businesses and behaviors at home. As the new editor, I will                                                   (Continued on page 4)                              basis and limited to 22 people. Reg-
                                          work to ensure that this legacy continues, and build on it in the future.                                                                                                     ister by fax (925) 646-2073 or call
       Happy Retirement, Elaine!          I have big shoes to fill, but I look forward to the challenge.                                                                                                                (925) 646-2286.
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                                                                                                                              Bay Area Air Quality Management Air District. “Workshop Report:
                                                                                                                            BAAQMD Regula tion 8, Rule 45: Motor Vehicle and Mobile Equipment    Questions? Call Contra Costa Haz Mat Programs
                                                                                                  - Trisha Asuncion         Coating Operations,” June 2008.                                      at (925) 646-2286.
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                                                                                                                              Ibid.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Confirmation and map will be faxed prior to class date.
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