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CAL/EPA EXTENDS PERMIT-BY-RULE DEADLINES

 CAL/EPA EXTENDS PERMIT-BY-RULE DEADLINES
 SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Secretary for


Environmental Protection James M. Strock today announced that Cal/EPA's Department of Toxic Substances Control has adopted an emergency regulation to extend the deadline until January 1, 1993 for submission of the Permit-by-Rule facility specific notification for onsite hazardous waste treatment units.
 "The Department is reworking its entire permitting strategy to eliminate any and all unnecessary requirements placed on regulated businesses and individuals," Strock said. "Cal/EPA is working with the State Legislature, industry and environmental groups to establish a new permitting system that better matches the requirements placed on businesses with the hazards posed by their specific operations. Because the permit-by-rule program applies only to onsite treatment of low-risk waste streams with low-risk processes, we intend that many of the facilities currently required to obtain a permit-by-rule will be authorized by other means after the close of this legislative session."
 If approved by the Office of Administrative Law, the new deadline for submission of the facility specific notification will be January 1, 1993 to conform to the effective date of proposed legislation establishing a new permitting system. The Department is working with Assemblywoman Cathie Wright (Assembly Bill 3574) and Assemblyman Ted Lempert (Assembly Bill 3541) to accomplish this and to facilitate industry compliance.
 The current permit system for hazardous waste facilities was developed for large, multi-user commercial hazardous waste facilities and is inappropriate for small businesses treating their own hazardous waste. In an effort to simplify this process, the Department established the permit-by-rule program. In practice, the permit-by- rule program has not met expectations. Subsequently, affected industry -- particularly small business -- has approached the Legislature and the Department demonstrating that the level of regulation can be reduced for many of these facilities by concentrating on environmentally protective requirements while eliminating unnecessary parts of the process.
 A wide spectrum of California industry is affected by this extension, including such diverse groups as food processors, printed circuit board manufacturers, and automotive repair facilities.
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 /CONTACT: Bob Borzelleri of Cal/EPA, 916-324-9670/ CO: California Environmental Protection Agency ST: California IN: SU:


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