In October 2017, Governor Brown approved California Assembly Bill 1646 (AB-1646, Muratsuchi) which mandates a ‘local implementing agency’ (LIA) to develop an integrated alerting and notification system, in coordination with local emergency management agencies, unified program agencies (UPA), local first response agencies, and the public, to be used to notify the community surrounding a petroleum refinery in the event of an incident at the refinery. AB-1646 also requires the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to work with the local implementing agencies and the UPAs to develop a model memorandum of understanding (MOU) between adjacent jurisdictions for integration of alerting and notification systems that will operate across jurisdictional boundaries. After coordinating and collaborating with various LIA’s and ensuring that it meets the requirements of California’s Alert and Warning Guidelines, staff of the Cal OES Special Operations and Hazardous Materials Section (Fire & Rescue Division) have developed a model MOU for this purpose, published here as a template for reference, amendment, and use by affected Local Implementing Agencies.
View the Cal OES Model MOU for Refinery Alert & Warning
2016 Proposed CalARP Regulations - additional petroleum refinery requirements from Interagency Working Group on Refinery Safety - will form a new Article 6.5 Program 4. Comments to email@example.com - SUBJECT LINE: "Cal ARP Comments."
California Accidental Release Prevention
All sections within California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 19, Division 2, Chapter 4, Hazardous Material Release Reporting, Inventory, and Response Plans have been renumbered. This change was necessary because Senate Bill 84 (2015) added Article 3.9 (commencing with Section 8574.30) to Government Code Title 2, Division 1, Chapter 7, Regional Railroad Accident Preparedness and Immediate Response. Cal OES is required to implement regulations under Article 3.9. Those new regulations will be added to CCR, Title 19, Division 2 as Chapter 4.1, immediately following the renumbered Chapter 4. The Chapter 4 section renumbering does not materially alter any requirement, right, responsibility, condition, prescription, or other regulatory element of any California Code of Regulations provision. For more information regarding the renumbering, please refer to the following document:
The Regional Railroad Accident Preparedness and Immediate Response Fund Advisory Committee met on April 18, 2016 at Cal OES Headquarters meeting. Handouts for this meeting are available for download on the Cal OES HazMat by Rail web page.
Cal OES Fire and Rescue and Hazardous Material is currently in the process of developing a Regional Hazardous Materials Program that will be similar to the Cal OES Fire Engine Program. The program is intended to provide additional response capability and fill in the gaps across the state where there is limited or no response capability for Hazardous Materials by Rail. For more information regarding the Cal OES Type II apparatus, please refer to the following documents:
For more information regarding the HazMat by Rail Program, please visit the Cal OES HazMat by Rail web page.
The Hazardous Materials (HazMat) section, under Cal OES Fire and Rescue Division, coordinates statewide implementation of hazardous materials accident prevention and emergency response programs for all types of hazardous materials incidents and threats. In response to any hazardous materials emergency, the Section staff is called upon to provide state and local emergency managers with emergency coordination and technical assistance. Programs within the HazMat Section include:
Business Plan/EPCRA 312
California Accidental Release Prevention (CalARP)
Regional Hazardous Materials Response (RHMR) Program
Regional Hazardous Materials Response (RHMR) Reimbursement Program
Cal OES Type II HazMat Vehicle Program
Hazardous Material Commodity Flow Map
HazMat by Rail
HazMat Emergency Preparedness Grant (HMEP)
HazMat Section Publications
HazMat Team Typing (HMTT)
Local Emergency Planning Committee
Public Records Requests
Spill Release Reporting
State Emergency Response Commission
Interagency Refnery Task Force
Regional TrainingAvailable to provide regional training on Business Plan, Area Plan, Spill Release Reporting, and CalARP Program Basics, intermediate, and advance training (minimum of 20 people required)
Technical AssistanceAvailable to provide Business Plan, Area Plan, Spill Release Reporting, and CalARP technical assistance at individual CUPA offices, and/or by phone or email.
ContactFor questions contact Fred Mehr, phone: (916) 845-8754 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org