The federal Accidental Release Prevention Program (Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 68) was approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency in June 1996. Part 68 implements Section 112 (r)(7) of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. The California Risk Management and Prevention Program (RMPP) was established in 1986. The federal program, with certain additions specific to the state, has replaced the Risk Management and Prevention Program as the California Accidental Release Prevention (CalARP) Program. The legal authority for the CalARP Program is the California Health and Safety Code (H&SC), Division 20, Chapter 6.95, Article 2 (commencing with Section 25531). The California Office of Emergency Services has issued implementation regulations (CCR Title 19, Division 2, Chapter 4.5, effective date November 16, 1998). The purpose of the CalARP/RMP programs is to reduce the frequency of releases of hazardous substances and reduce the consequences in the event a release occurs.ORANGE COUNTY FIRE AUTHORITY
Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) is the administering agency (AA) for the CalARP regulation for the cities of Aliso Viejo, Buena Park, Cypress, Dana Point, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Woods, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Seal Beach, Stanton, Tustin, Villa Park, Westminster, Yorba Linda, and unincorporated areas of Orange County. OCFA’s CalARP activities are coordinated with the Orange County Health Care Agency (HCA).
HCA is the Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) for local implementation of CalARP and several other hazardous materials and hazardous waste programs. However, if your facility is located in any of the jurisdictions listed above, OCFA is the local agency you will be working with. The OCFA’s Safety and Environmental Services Section (SESS)
is staffed with technical and administrative personnel who are assigned implementation and management of the CalARP Program. All facilities are encouraged to work closely with OCFA in order to eliminate any unnecessary efforts or costs in complying with the CalARP program. Staff may be consulted by calling (714) 573-6253.