The State Secretary for Environmental Protection designated the Hazardous Materials Program of the Humboldt County Division of Environmental Health as the Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA). The CUPA is charged with the responsibility of conducting compliance inspections of over 800 facilities in Humboldt County. These facilities handle hazardous materials, generate or treat a hazardous waste and/or operate underground storage tanks.
The CUPA uses education and enforcement to minimize the risk of chemical exposure to human health and the environment. The CUPA forwards important facility information to local fire prevention agencies that enables them to take appropriate protective action in the event of an emergency at regulated facilities.
The CUPA program elements include:
Hazardous Materials Release Response Plans, and Inventory (Business Plans)
California Accidental Release Program (CalARP)
Underground Storage Tanks
Aboveground Petroleum Storage Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures