Hazardous Materials Business Emergency Plan (HMBEP)
Assembly Bill 2286 (AB 2286) requires all Certified Unified Program Agencies (CUPAs), Participating Agencies (PAs) and regulated businesses in the state of California to submit forms electronically beginning January 1, 2013. Through the California Environmental Reporting System (CERS), businesses have direct access to their Business Emergency Plans and Chemical Inventories. This is also a great benefit to the community because it allows local fire agencies to have immediate access to chemical inventories in the region in case of a spill, fire or other incident. These locally implemented programs also satisfy federal community right-to-know laws.
Who is required to prepare a HMBEP?
The Hazardous Materials Business Emergency Plan program require businesses that handle hazardous materials (including hazardous wastes) or extremely hazardous substances at reportable quantities to submit a HMBEP in CERS. The reportable quantities equal to or greater than:
- 55 gallons of a liquid,
- 500 pounds of a solid, or
- 200 cubic feet of compressed gas, or
- Extremely hazardous substances above the threshold planning quantity
The Orange County CUPA verifies information disclosed by businesses and provides it to agencies that are responsible for the protection of public health and safety and the environment, such as fire departments, hazardous materials response teams and other local environmental regulatory groups. The public also has a right to review this information, with the exception of documents containing trade secrets or other confidential information.
For more information regarding the Hazardous Material Disclosure & Business Emergency Plan programs, please call (714) 433-6000 and ask for the Duty Officer.
*March 1st- Annual chemical inventory certification due.
*March 1st- Annual EPCRA chemical reporting form due.
*March 1st- Annual Emergency Response/ Contingency Plan due. Paper hard copies will NOT be accepted.
Resources & Tools
Laws & Regulations
State Statute: Health and Safety Code Sections 25500 - 25520
State Regulation: Title 19 California Code of Regulations, Division 2, Chapter 4, Article 4
Federal Statute: 42 United States Code 11002
Federal Regulation: Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 370
Spill Release Reporting
State Statute: Health and Safety Code Section 25507
State Regulation: Title 19 California Code of Regulations, Division 2, Chapter 4, Article 2
Federal Statute: United States Code, Title 42, Section 9602, 9603 and 11004
Federal Regulation: Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 302 and 355