The California Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) Forum Board in association with the California Environmental Protection Agency, the Office of the State Fire Marshal and Cal/EMA will hold its 15th Annual California Unified Program Conference on February 4-7at the Hyatt Regency, Garden Grove in Orange County.
During the Conference, the Metal Finishing Association of Southern California will have a display booth hosted by Executive Director Daniel Cunningham and various MFASC Board Members over the four days of the training conference. It is an opportunity to promote the metal finishing industry and the associations. It is also a rare opportunity to visit with inspectors on neutral ground and participate in some of the same training sessions.
The Unified Program is the consolidation of six state environmental programs into one program under the authority of a Certified Unified Program Agency. These can be a county, city or JPA (Joint Powers Authority). This program was established under the amendments to the California Health and Safety Code made by SB 1082 in 1994, and is normally enforced by the Hazardous Materials Division of the local Fire Department or Environmental Health Department.
In short, The CUPA’s are responsible for implementing and enforcing EPA program requirements.
They are the Hazardous Materials Business Plan/Emergency Response Plan, Hazardous Waste/Tiered Permitting, Underground Storage Tanks, Aboveground Storage Tanks (SPCC only), California Accidental Release Program and the Uniform Fire Code Hazardous Materials Management Plan.
The purpose of the conference is to provide training to the inspectors. Training focuses heavily on enforcement; violation classification, evidence collection, working with prosecutors, etc. MFASC members also participate in training sessions that are relevant to the metal finishing industry. Being in those sessions allows us to learn first-hand how the inspectors are taught to evaluate and interpret the requirements and to make sure the instructors are presenting accurate facts. Metal Finishers are often used as examples; usually not in a good way.
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