Hazardous Materials Business Plan Program | CalEPA – California Environmental Protection Agency

The Hazardous Materials Business Plan (HMBP) program aims to prevent or minimize harm to public health and safety and the environment from a release or threatened release of a hazardous material. This is accomplished by providing emergency responders with the necessary information to effectively protect the public.
The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) oversees the implementation of the HMBP program at the state level. Certified Unified Program Agencies (CUPAs), and Participating Agencies (PAs), implement the program at the local level and are responsible for enforcement and administration in their respective jurisdictions.
What is a Hazardous Materials Business Plan?
 A HMBP contains detailed information that includes the following:
Who is Required to Submit a HMBP? 
HMBPs must be prepared by any business that handles a hazardous material, a mixture containing a hazardous material (including hazardous waste), or an extremely hazardous substance (as defined in Section 355.61 of Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations) at reportable quantities. The general reportable quantities of hazardous materials are equal to or greater than 55 gallons of a liquid, 200 cubic feet of a gas, and 500 pounds of a solid. Certain hazardous materials are exempt from these requirements (refer to California Health and Safety Code section 25507 for more information).
As of September 18, 2020, business owners/operators may easily certify HMBP information in the California Environmental Reporting System (CERS) as complete, accurate and, if applicable, meeting EPCRA reporting requirements.
For further information and guidance, please reference:
CalEPA’s CERS Portal Help document (pdf).
Hazardous Materials Business Plan Annual Certification Training Presentation (AB1429) (pdf)
Hazardous Materials Business Plan Annual Certification (AB1429) Training, January 2021 (pdf)
Legal Authority: 
California State law: California Health and Safety Code, Division 20, Chapter 6.95, Article 1 [25500-25519]
California State Regulations: California Code of Regulations, Title 19, Division 2, Chapter 4
If you have any questions regarding the HMBP program, please contact the program at HMBP@calepa.ca.gov.
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