The Unified Program (UP) was created by Senate Bill 1082 (1993) to consolidate, coordinate, and make consistent the administrative requirements, permits, inspections, and enforcement activities for the following environmental and emergency management programs:

  • Hazardous Materials Release Response Plans and Inventories (Business Plans)
  • California Accidental Release Prevention (CalARP) Program
  • Underground Storage Tank Program
  • Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act Requirements for Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans
  • Hazardous Waste Generator and Onsite Hazardous Waste Treatment (tiered permitting) Programs
  • California Uniform Fire Code: Hazardous Material Management Plans and Hazardous Material Inventory Statements

The Unified Program is intended to provide relief to businesses complying with the overlapping and sometimes conflicting requirements of formerly independently managed programs. The Unified Program is implemented at the local government level by Certified Unified Program Agencies (CUPAs).

The El Dorado County Department of Environmental Management, Hazardous Waste Division, is approved by Cal-EPA as the Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) for El Dorado County.

As of January 1, 2013, all existing businesses that store threshold quantities of hazardous materials or hazardous waste are required to annually update their hazardous materials information on California Environmental Reporting System (CERS).