Release Reporting Requirements

This matrix summarizes pertinent emergency notification requirements and may not be all inclusive.  For precise legal requirements, review specific laws and regulations.

Oil Spils

TYPES OF RELEASES AMOUNT WHO REPORTS? TO WHOM WHEN LEGAL AUTHORITY
(Federal) Navigable Waters* Any Amount “Harmful quantity”*** Any person in charge of a vessel or facility (offshore or onshore) NRC
(800) 424-8802 or
(202) 267-2675
Immediately, when it can be done safely Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA) §311
33 CFR 153.203
40 CFR 110.6
(State of California)
Marine Waters*
 Any amount Any party responsible for the discharge/threatened discharge;
Responding local or state agency
Cal OES
(800) 852-7550NRC
Immediately, but not later than 15 minutes after discovery of the spill or threatened release California Government Code CGC 8670.25.5;
8670.26California State Oil Spill Contingency PlanFWPCA §311
33 CFR 153.203
40 CFR 302.6
(State of California)
State Waters*
Any amount of oil or petroleum product Any person Cal OES or RWQCB Immediately upon knowledge of a release. California Water Code
CWC 13272 (a)
CGC 8670.25.5;
8670.26California State Oil Spill Contingency Plan
Oil Discharges to Land
(Including Onshore drilling, exploration, or production operation)
≥1 barrel
(42 gallons)5 barrels or more uncontained in certain San Joaquin Valley oil fields – if no threat to state waters;10 barrels or more contained in certain San Joaquin Valley oil fields if identified in spill contingency plan – if no threat to state waters.
Facility owner or operator Cal OES Immediately upon knowledge of a release

Public Resources Code (PRC) 3233

San Joaquin Valley Field Rule (August 1998)

CWC
13272(f)

California State Oil Spill Contingency Plan

Aboveground Storage Tanks (ASTs) ≥1 barrel
(42 gallons)
Facility owner or operator of a tank facility Cal OES
CUPA, or
911
Immediately upon knowledge of a release HSC 25270.8

Hazardous Materials Incidents (may include oil & radioactive materials)

40 CFR 355

TYPES OF RELEASES AMOUNT WHO REPORTS? TO WHOM  WHEN  LEGAL AUTHORITY 
CERCLA HS Release ≥RQ Person in charge of a facility NRC

Immediately upon knowledge of a release

Written report to follow

CERCLA
§103(a)
40 CFR
302.6
EPCRA EHS Release ≥RQ Owner/Operator of Facility NRC
SERC and LEPC
CUPA/FD (in CA)

Immediately upon knowledge of a release

Written report to follow

EPCRA §304
40 CFR 355
Release or Threatened Release (except transporting on highway) If there is a reasonable belief that the release poses a significant hazard to human health & safety, property, or environment** Handler Cal OES
CUPA,
and/or 911
Immediately upon knowledge of a release HSC 25507
Illegal Discharges or Threatened Discharges of Hazardous Waste Any amount that is observed or has knowledge of likely to cause injury to public health and safety Designated Government Employee Local Health Officer or local Board of Supervisors Within 72 hours HSC
25180.7(b)
Highways Any transportation release Any person who causes the spill CHP (who then notified Cal OES) Immediately upon knowledge of a release California Vehicle Code (CVC)
23112.5
Railroads Release/threatened release that may harm person, property, or environment** Railroads regulated by the State PUC & FRA Appropriate emergency response agency and Cal OES Immediately upon knowledge of a release PUC General Order No.
161, Rule
#3, 8-7-91
Hazardous Waste Discharge Transporters

Any spill in CA

Federal notification: A situation carrier deems appropriate; person hospitalized or killed; public evacuation > 1hr; operational flight pattern or route of aircraft is altered; major transp. artery or facility closed > 1 hr; infectious or radioactive materials involved; marine pollutant > 119 gals or > 882 lbs

Transporter who discharged waste

CHP

NRC

Immediately upon knowledge of a release

As soon as practical, but no later than 12 hours after the accident occurs

Written Report: to DTSC and DOT within 30 days

CVC 23112.5
CVC 245322 CCR 66263.15
22 CCR 66263.3049 CFR 171.15
49 CFR 171.16
Pipelines Every rupture, explosion or fire ≥5 barrels Pipeline operator

Fire Dept

Cal OES

Immediately

Written report: to State Fire Marshal within 30 days

CGC 51018(c)
ASTs Any release of threatened release Facility owner or operator Cal OES, CUPA Immediately upon knowledge of a release HSC 25510
Underground Storage Tanks (USTs) Any release, if it poses significant hazard Facility owner or operator Cal OES, CUPA Immediately upon knowledge of release HSC 25510
Into secondary containment – no fire or explosion hazard and no deterioration Facility owner or operator Cal OES, CUPA Do not have to report BUT do need to record on the Operator’s Monitoring Report HSC 25294
Escapes from secondary containment; or from a primary containment if no secondary containment; or if there’s a fire or explosion hazardous or deterioration Facility owner or operator Cal OES, CUPA

Within 24 hours after the release has been detected

Full written report within 5 working days

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HSC 25510
Releases beyond TSD Facility Boundary A harmful quantity that could threaten human health or environment Facility owner or operator; TSDF Emergency Coordinator Cal OES
NRC
Immediately upon knowledge of a release CERCLA §103 (b) 22 CCR 66264.56(d)
HSC 25510
Releases within TSD Facility Boundary

Any release that poses a significant hazard.

Imminent or actual emergency situation that could threaten human health or environment.

Owner/Operator of facility

TSDF Emergency Coordinator (designated in the Contingency Plan)

Cal OES
CUPALocal ER agencies

Immediately upon knowledge of a release

Written report: to DTSC within 15 days

HSC 25510

22 CCR 66264.51
22 CCR 66264.52
22 CCR 66264.56

Air Incidents

TYPES OF RELEASES AMOUNT WHO REPORTS? TO WHOM WHEN LEGAL AUTHORITY
Stationary Sources

Any release that poses a significant hazard

Exceeds emission standards

Operator of the source

Cal OES

Air Pollution Control Districts (APCD) or Air Quality Management Districts (AQMD)

Immediately upon knowledge of a release

Within 96 hours

HSC 25510

HSC 42706

Proximity to schools A release within ½ mile of a school Emergency rescue personnel Superintendent of affected school district Immediately upon knowledge of a release HSC 25510.3
A threat of an air containment within 1,000 feet of a school Air Pollution Control Officer CUPA,
Local Fire Dept
Within 24 hours HSC 42301.7

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Sewage Spills

TYPES OF RELEASES AMOUNT WHO REPORTS? TO WHOM WHEN LEGAL AUTHORITY
Sewage to Waters

1,000 gallons unauthorized discharge into State waters *

Any hazardous substance and sewage that needs to be reported. If not in compliance with the Waste Discharge Requirements CWC 13271(b) **

Any person Cal OES Immediately upon knowledge of a release 23 CCR
2250(a)
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CWC 13271(a)

Local Contact Numbers

ALL SPILS SHOULD FIRST BE REPORTED TO 911

CUPA Kern County Environmental Health (County limits) (661) 549-9927
For up-to-date contacts, refer to the CalEPA Unified Program website directory at:
http://www.calepa.ca.gov/cupa/directory/default.aspx
 Local Sherriff/Police  KC Sheriff Dispatch (661) 861-3110 or 911 for emergency

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*NOTE: The terms navigable waters, state waters, and marine waters are used according to the applicable laws & regulations. Navigable waters could also include state waters and marine waters; State waters could include navigable and marine waters; and marine waters could include navigable and state waters.

**NOTE: Even if the quantities or situations that are outlined above have not been met, and you still believe that the release poses a significant hazard to human health & safety, or the environment — then report it to Cal OES Warning Center.

***NOTE: “Harmful quantity” is any quantity of discharged oil that violates state water quality standards, causes a film or sheen on the water’s surface, or leaves sludge or emulsion beneath the surface.

Finally, it should be noted that intentionally false or misleading reports are a crime and legal matters may be enforced. (PC §148.3; HSC §25515.3; GC §8670.64)

Federal Contact Numbers

 National Response Center (NRC)* (800) 424-8802 or (202) 267-2675

United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), Regional Response Center

http://www.epa.gov/emergency-response

(800) 321-7349 or (415) 947-8000 (General number)

(415) 947-4400 (Spill Phone)

(800) 424-9346 (SARA Title III Hotline)

(800) 300-2193 (Regional IX Duty Officer)

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)

(800) 321-OSHA

(415) 625-2547 (main public number-Region IX)

United States Coast Guard (USCG)
Captain of the Port/Federal On-Scene Coordinator (FOSC)

(310) 521-3805 (Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach)

(619) 278-7033 (Sector San Francisco)

United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) Contact -via- National Response Center (NRC)

*Note: One call to the NRC fulfills the requirement to report releases of hazardous substances under CERCLA and several other regulatory programs, including those under CWA § 311, RCRA, and the USDOT’s Hazardous Materials Transportation Act (HMTA). Anybody who discovers a hazardous substance release or oil spill is encouraged to contact the federal government, regardless of whether they are the responsible party.

State Contact Numbers

California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) Warning Center (800) 852-7550 or
(916) 845-8911
California Highway Patrol (CHP) 911
State Fire Marshall (SFM) (916) 323-7390 (Emergencies only)
CA Dept. of Conservation, Division of Oil,
Gas & Geothermal Resources (DOGGR)
See section below
San Joaquin Valley Field Rule
ftp://ftp.consrv.ca.gov/pub/oil/regulations/field_rule.pdf
Department of Fish & Wildlife – Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) (800) OILS-911 ((800) 645-7911)
(916) 445-9338 (Office of Spill Prevention and Response – Sacramento)
Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) See section below

Local Contact Numbers

ALL SPILLS SHOULD FIRST BE REPORTED TO 911

CUPA

Kern County Environmental Health (County limits) (661) 549-9927

For up-to-date contacts, refer to the CalEPA Unified Program website directory at: http://cersapps.calepa.ca.gov/Public/Directory/

Local Sherriff/Police KC Sheriff Dispatch (661) 861-3110 or 911 for emergency
Local Fire Department http://www.kerncountyfire.org/index.php/operations/fire-stations
Local Health Department Kern County Environmental Health (661) 549-9927

Department of Conservation/Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR)

California Regional Offices

Region Location Contact #
District #1  Cypress  (714) 816-6847
District #2  Ventura  (805) 654-4761
District #3  Santa Maria  (805) 937-7246
District #4  Bakersfield  (661) 322-7031
District #5  Coalinga  (559) 935-2941
District #6  Sacramento-Headquarters  (916) 322-1110

Regional Water Quality Control Boards

California Regional Offices

 Region Location  Contact #
 Region 1 – North Coast  Santa Rosa  (707) 576-2220
 Region 2 – San Francisco Bay  Oakland  (510) 622-2300
 Region 3 – Central Coast  San Luis Obispo  (805) 549-3147
 Region 4 – Los Angeles  Los Angeles  (213) 576-6600
 Region 5a – Central Valley  Rancho Cordova  (916) 464-3291
 Region 5b – Central Valley  Fresno  (559) 445-5116
 Region 5b – Central Valley  Redding  (530) 224-4845
 Region 6b – Lahontan  South Lake Tahoe  (530) 542-5400
 Region 6b – Lahontan  Victorville  (760) 241-6583
Region 7 – Colorado River Palm Desert  (760) 346-7491
Region 8 – Santa Ana Riverside  (951) 782-4130
Region 9 – San Diego San Diego  (858) 467-2952

These numbers are included for reference purposes only. The RWQCB is contacted through the local CUPA and/or Cal OES, when these offices determine that it is necessary.