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Electronic Reporting of Hazardous Material Information

Hazardous materials information is now required to be reported electronically (Assembly Bill 2286).  If your facility is regulated under any of the programs below, please use this link to submit your information:
https://ereporting.rivcoeh.org .

  • Hazardous Materials Business Plan (HMBP)
  • Hazardous Waste Generator
  • Hazardous Waste Onsite Treatment (Tiered Permit)
  • Underground Storage Tanks (UST)
  • Aboveground petroleum storage over 1,320 gallons

Important information on Septic System design and approval - Effective 6/15/2006

The Environmental Protection and Oversight Division (EPO) is one of the two divisions of the Department of Environmental Health (DEH).  The EPO Division has regulatory control over a number of hazardous materials, land use and water system based programs.

Groundwater Quality Evaluation Committee Information for the Beaumont/Cherry Valley Area


Land Use

The Land Use Program is responsible for regulation of septic and sewer systems, environmental reviews of water and sewer systems and water supply verification for parcels and tracts.  For more information about these services please click the link above.

Solid Waste

The Solid Waste Program is reponsible for regulation of solid waste facilities, medical waste, land application of sludge, trash complaints and facilities that handle tattoo, piercing and permanent cosmetics.  For more information about these services please click the link above.

Underground Storage Tank Clean-Up

The Local Oversight Program is in charge of all underground storage tank related clean-up efforts.  For more information about these services please click the link above.

Water Program

The Water Engineering Program is reponsible for regulation of water wells, small water systems, backflow testing and testers.  For more information about these services please click the link above.


Household Hazardous Waste

As of July 1st 2006, this program was transfered to the Riverside County Waste Managment Department .

Household Hazardous Waste Schedule

Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA)

The CUPA Program conducts inspections of businesses that handle hazardous materials, generate hazardous waste, treat hazardous waste and/or maintain underground storage tanks.  For CUPA forms go to our Forms and Guidelines page. 

Underground Storage Tanks

Regulates all non-exempt UST's which contain hazardous substances located within Riverside County.  Go to our Forms and Guidelines   page for a complete listing of guidelines, applications and other materials available for downloading.The Underground Storage Tank (UST) Plan Check Group provides plan check services county-wide to all UST facilities being installed, upgraded, modified or repaired.

Visit the following link for State Water Resources Control Board, Water Quality, Underground Storage Tanks regarding information on State laws, regulations, forms, guidelines, and financial responsibility guide book. State Water Resources Control Board

Reporting A Leak or Spill from an Underground Storage Tank

When a leak, spill, overfill, or other release from an underground storage tank (UST) is discovered, the owners and operators of the USTs, as well as the property owners, are required under state and federal laws to:

  • Take necessary corrective actions immediately to stop the release and prevent further impact to the environment. 
  • Notify the Department of Environmental Health of the release within 24 hours of discovery.
  • Report the release to the Department of Environmental Health within 5 days of discovery. The reporting shall include submittal of an Unauthorized Release Report   and a written report documenting the release and corrective actions taken to stop the release and prevent further impact to the environment.

Contamination resulting from an unauthorized release is required to be assessed and mitigated. The investigation and cleanup of soil and groundwater contamination is overseen by the Riverside County Department of Environmental Health, Local Oversight Program (LOP) .

Hazardous Waste Generator

Regulates facilities in the community which generate a hazardous waste. Regulatory requirements are fulfilled through a program of annual permits, supported by routine inspections.  This program also regulates facilities that treat hazardous waste under the Tiered Permitting Program.  For Hazardous Waste Generator forms go to our Forms and Guidelines   page.

Business Emergency Plan/Handler Program

Regulates facilities which handle and store on-site specified types and quantities of hazardous and acutely/extremely hazardous materials through permitting, routine facility inspections and development of detailed site plans indicating where hazardous materials are stored. Go to our Forms and Guidelines   page to download our "Business Emergency Plan Application" guidelines.

Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team

The Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team (HMERT) responds to over 1,100 chemically-related emergencies or complaints each year. The program is a joint agency team staffed by the Hazardous Materials Management and Riverside County Fire/California Department of Forestry.

Environmental Crimes Task Force

The Environmental Crimes Task Force investigates several hundred complaints each year related to hazardous materials, hazardous waste, underground storage tanks, medical waste and other environmental crimes. To report an environmental crime, call (800)304-6100.

California Accidental Release Prevention

The California Accidental Release Prevention (CalARP) program works with local businesses to reduce the likelihood and severity of consequences of releases from hazardous materials.  Click here for the CALARP Registration Form .

Other Hazardous Materials Related Services Provided

  • Aboveground Storage Tank Program
  • Environmental Clean-up Oversight
  • Permit Assistance - Hazardous Materials Clearance
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Public Education
  • Public Records Review/Search
  • Training