Hazardous Materials

At the time of its’ creation in 1983, the Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials Environmental Services Unit’s primary responsibility was to enforce requirements of the Hazardous Materials Storage Ordinance and to provide training to the Fire Department’s personnel on hazards  associated with the chemicals throughout the City.  Today, the Hazardous Materials and Environmental Services Unit provides comprehensive environmental regulatory compliance inspection service.  The Unit’s responsibilities include:
  • Plan review and permit issuance for new construction, tenant improvements, and installation and closure of hazardous material processes
  • Investigation for cause and origin of hazardous material releases
  • Processing of public information requests involving hazardous materials under the Freedom of Information Act
  • Review of Hazardous Material Management Plan (HMMP) and Hazardous Materials Inventory Statement (HMIS) submitted by the business community
  • Inspection and enforcement for compliance with the California Fire Code (with amendments contained in the Milpitas Municipal Code Title V-Chapter 100)
The Hazardous Materials and Environmental Services Unit is cost recovery for these aspects of the program providing service to the business community.  Fees are based upon the actual time required for permit application review and inspections. Effective July 1, 2018, the City of Milpitas Fire Department is no longer be responsible for implementing the State’s Unified Program as a Participating Agency. The County Department of Environmental Health, Hazardous Materials Program remains the Certified Unified Program Agency and will assume responsibility for implementing all elements of the Unified Program. The Unified Program consists of the following six programs:
  • Hazardous Materials Business Plan (HMBP)
  • Underground Storage Tank (UST)
  • Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act (APSA)
  • Hazardous Waste Generator
  • Onsite Hazardous Waste Treatment (Tiered Permitting)
  • California Accidental Release Prevention (CalARP)
  To report an emergency: on-going dumping of hazardous materials; or an accident involving hazardous materials call 911. Hazardous Material Resources: Air Quality: Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) 939 Ellis St. San Francisco, CA 94109 (415)771-6000 California Air Resources Board P.O. Box 2815 Sacramento, CA 95812 (916)322-2990 Hazardous Materials: California Office of Emergency Services P.O. Box 419047 Rancho Cordova, CA 95741 (916_262-1816 Hazardous Waste: California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal-EPA)/ California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) 400 P St. P.O. Box 806 Sacramento, CA 95812 (916)322-0504 Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health Department, HazMat Program 1555 Berger Dr. San Jose, CA 95112 (408)918-3400 United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – Region IX (CA, NV, HI and Guam) 75 Hawthorne St. San Francisco, CA 94103 (415)744-1702 Occupational Safety and Health: California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal-OSHA) 45 Fremont St., Suite 1260 San Francisco, CA 94105 (415)972-8500 Water Quality: California Water Resources Control Board 901 P St. Sacramento, CA 95814 (916)657-2390 Regional Water Quality Control Board – Region II 2101 Webster St., #500 Oakland, Ca 94612 (510)286-1255 San Jose/ Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant 700 Los Esteros Rd. San Jose, CA 95134 (408)945-5300 Santa Clara Valley Water District 5750 Almaden Expressway San Jose, CA 95118 (408)265-2600 Non-Point Source: Milpitas Utilities Engineering Department 455 E. Calaveras Blvd. Milpitas, Ca 95035 (408)586-3345 Santa Clara Valley Non-Point Source Pollution Control Program 5750 Almaden Expressway San Jose, CA 95118 (800)794-2482 Santa Clara County Pollution Prevention Program 1735 N. First St., Suite 275 San Jose, Ca 95112 (408)441-1195 Other Resources: CalGold