CA Health & Safety Code Section 25297.01


In addition to the authority granted to the board pursuant to Division 7 (commencing with Section 13000) of the Water Code and to the department pursuant to Chapter 6.8 (commencing with Section 25300), the board, in cooperation with the department, shall develop and implement a local oversight program for the abatement of, and oversight of the abatement of, unauthorized releases of hazardous substances from underground storage tanks by a local agency certified pursuant to this section.


On and after July 1, 2013, only a city or county certified pursuant to subdivision (c) may implement a local oversight program. The board may enter into an agreement pursuant to Section 25297.1 with a certified city or county to implement the oversight program.


The board may certify a city or county if the board determines that the city or county is qualified to oversee or perform the abatement of unauthorized releases of hazardous substances from underground storage tanks. The board shall consider, as criteria for determining whether a city or county is qualified, at a minimum, all of the following factors:


Adequacy of the technical expertise possessed by the city or county.


Adequacy of staff resources.


Adequacy of budget resources and funding mechanisms.


Training requirements.


Past performance in implementing and enforcing corrective action requirements.


Recordkeeping and accounting systems.


The board shall adopt procedures and criteria for certifying and withdrawing certification from cities and counties pursuant to this section. The adoption of these procedures and criteria shall not be considered as regulations subject to, and shall be exempt from, Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code.


If the board does not, by July 1, 2013, certify a city or county that has been implementing a local oversight program pursuant to an agreement entered into with the board on or before January 1, 2013, the board shall assign the cases from that city or county to the appropriate regional board or to a city or county that is certified by the board. An order or directive issued by that uncertified city or county on or before July 1, 2013, shall remain in effect and may be enforced by the regional board or certified city or county that receives the case.


The board shall review, at least once every three years, the ability of the certified city or county to carry out the local oversight program. When conducting this review, the board shall consider the certification criteria contained in paragraphs (1) to (6), inclusive, of subdivision (c) and the criteria adopted pursuant to subdivision (d). The board may, after conducting the review, withdraw the certification of the city or county. Upon making this withdrawal, the cases of the former certified city or county shall be transferred from the city or county and the orders and directives issued by the former certified city or county shall remain effective and enforceable in accordance with subdivision (e). The board shall not make the effective date for the withdrawal of a certification before the expiration date of the local oversight program agreement entered into between the board and the certified city or county pursuant to Section 25297.1, unless the certified city or county fails to comply with the agreement.
Last Updated

Aug. 19, 2023

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