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Tiered Regulatory Placement

Excluded EA Notification Registration Standardized Full
Compostable materials:
Agricultural material derived from an agricultural site and returned to the same site or agricultural site owned or leased by the owner, parent, or subsidiary
(≤ 1,000 yd3 given away or sold annually)
Agricultural Material Composting Operations (all)       Composting Facilities (all)
(Any material other than green material
Compostable materials:
Vermicomposting
(Note: The handling of compostable materials prior to and after its use as a growth medium is not excluded)
Green Material Composting Operations (≤ 12,500 yd3)       Green Material Composting Facilities (> 12,500 yd3)
Compostable materials:
Mushroom farming
(Note: The handling of compostable materials prior to and after its use as a growth medium is not excluded)
  Vegetative Food Material Composting Facilities (≤ 12,500 yd3)    Vegetative Food Material Composting Facilities (> 12,500 yd3)
Compostable materials:
Green material, agricultural material, food material, and vegetative food material feedstock and compost, alone or in combination, on-site at any one time (≤ 100 yd3 and ≤ 750 ft2)
Research Composting Operations (≤ 5,000 yd3) (Within-vessel > 5,000 yd3 with EA approval)         
Compostable materials:
(A) An activity, located at a facility with a tiered or full permit and a Report of Facility Information that identifies and describes the activity, which will use the material on-site, or
(B) Temporary storage of biosolids sludge at a Publicly Owned Treatment Works, or
(C) An activity located at the site of biomass conversion and is used for biomass conversion, or
(D) Silvicultural operation or wood, paper, or wood product manufacturing operation, or
(E) Temporary storage or processing of agricultural material not used in the production of compost or mulch, or
(F) Chipping and grinding of materials derived from and applied to land owned or leased by the owner, parent, or subsidiary, or
(G) Chipping and grinding of agricultural material produced on lands owned or leased by the owner, parent, or subsidiary for use in biomass conversion, or
(H) Licensed animal food manufacturing or licensed rendering operation, or
(I) Storage of yard trimmings at a publicly designated site for the collection of lot clearing necessary for fire protection, or
(J) Materials handled in such a way as to preclude the materials from reaching 122 degrees Fahrenheit.
Biosolids Composting Operations at POTWs (all)       
Compostable materials:
Storage of bagged products (< 5 yd3)
Chipping and Grinding Operations (≤ 200 tpd) Chipping and Grinding Facilities
(200 tpd < x ≤ 500 tpd)
   Chipping and Grinding Facilities (> 500 tpd)
Contaminated Soil:
Transfer/Processing from single generator source owned or leased by the generator, its parent, or subsidiary to property owned or leased by the same generator, its parent, or subsidiary
Contaminated Soil Transfer/
Processing Operations (all)
  Contaminated Soil Disposal Facilities (all)  
Contaminated Soil:
Transfer/Processing from single generator source owned or leased by the generator, its parent, or subsidiary to a specific location for a one-time treatment that is within the jurisdiction of the RWQCB and/or the Local Oversight Agency, and/or air district
          
Contaminated Soil:
Disposal from a single Petroleum Exploration and Production Company, its parent, or subsidiary to property owned or leased by the same Petroleum Exploration and Production Company, its parent, or subsidiary
          
Transfer/Processing:
Multi-residence receptacles for residential refuse located at place of generation (≤ 15 yd3)
Emergency Transfer/Processing Operations (all)   Medium Volume Transfer/Processing Facilities (60 yd3 or 15 tpd ≤ x < 100 tpd)   Large Volume Transfer/Processing Facilities (≥ 100 tpd)
Transfer/Processing:
Separated for reuse material handled for recycling (≤ 15 yd3)
Sealed Container Transfer Operations (all) Direct Transfer Facilities
(60 yd3 or 15 tpd ≤ x < 150 tpd)
   
Transfer/Processing:
Storage receptacles for multi-residential buildings or commercial solid waste at the place of generation
Limited Volume Transfer Operations (< 60 yd3 or 15 tpd)      
Transfer/Processing:
Containers used to store construction or demolition waste at the place of generation
Glass Container Processing Operations      
Transfer/Processing:
Containers used to store salvaged materials
       
Transfer/Processing:
Waste Hauling Yard Operations
       
Transfer/Processing:
Storage of "other" (e.g., controlled substances, U.S. currency, dead animals) wastes
       
Transfer/Processing:
Publicly Owned Treatment Works Treatment Plant that receives vehicle-transported solid waste that is an anaerobically digestible material for the purpose of anaerobic co-digestion with POTW Treatment Plant wastewater.
       
Nonhazardous Ash:
Transfer/Processing from land owned by a single nonhazardous ash generator source or leased by the generator, its parent, or subsidiary, to property owned or leased by the same generator, its parent, or subsidiary
Nonhazardous Ash Transfer/Processing Operations (all)   Nonhazardous Ash Disposal/Monofill Facilities (all)  
Nonhazardous Ash:
Storage within a fully enclosed weathertight structure
        
Construction and Demolition/Inert Debris Transfer/Processing:
Containers used to store C&D debris or inert debris at the place of generation
Small Volume C&D Wood Debris Chipping and Grinding Operations (< 200 tpd) Medium Volume C&D Wood Debris Chipping and Grinding Facilities (200 tpd ≤ x < 500 tpd)   Large Volume C&D Wood Debris Chipping and Grinding Facilities
(≥ 500 tpd)
Construction and Demolition/Inert Debris Transfer/Processing:
Locations where 15 cubic yards or less per day of separated for reuse material is handled
Small Volume Construction and Demolition/Inert Debris Processing Operations (< 25 tpd) Medium Construction and Demolition/Inert Debris Processing Facilities (25 tpd ≤ x < 175 tpd)   Large Construction and Demolition/Inert Debris Processing Facilities
(≥ 175 tpd)
Construction and Demolition/Inert Debris Transfer/Processing:
Grading or clearing of land that is consistent with local ordinances
Inert Debris (Type A) Processing Operations (< 1,500 tpd)     Inert Debris (Type A and/or Type B) Processing Facilities (≥ 1,500 tpd)
Construction and Demolition/Inert Debris Transfer/Processing:
Chipping and grinding of lumber or other wood material, which meet any of the following criteria:
(A) The chipping and grinding activity handles materials derived from and applied to lands owned or leased by the same person, including a parent or subsidiary of a corporate owner; or
(B) Handling any combination of green material, additives, amendments, compost, or chipped and ground material that does not exceed 500 cubic yards on-site at any one time; or
(C) The activity is located at the site of biomass conversion as defined in PRC section 40106 and is for use in biomass conversion at that site; or
(D) The activity is part of a silvicultural operation or a wood, paper, or wood product manufacturing operation; or
(E) The storage of bagged chipped and ground material.
Emergency Construction and Demolition/Inert Processing Operations (all)      
Construction and Demolition Waste and Inert Debris Disposal:
Any use (e.g., grading) of gravel, rock, soil, sand and similar, that has never been used in connection with any structure, road, parking lot, or similar use.
Inert Debris Engineered Fill Operations (all) Inert Debris Type A Disposal Facilities (all)   Construction and Demolition Waste and Inert Debris Disposal Facilities (all)
Construction and Demolition Waste and Inert Debris Disposal:
Engineered fill activities with local permits, as required, carried out in conjunction with a construction project that use uncontaminated concrete and/or fully cured asphalt reduced in particle size to 2” or less, which concludes within two years from commencement.
       
Construction and Demolition Waste and Inert Debris Disposal:
Inert debris engineered fill activities that conclude within one year of commencement.
       
Construction and Demolition Waste and Inert Debris Disposal:
Removal and disposal of landslide debris by Federal, State and local government public works agencies and their contractors.
       
Construction and Demolition Waste and Inert Debris Disposal:
Removal and disposal of sediment accumulated within irrigation or flood control facilities by Federal, State and local government public works agencies and their contractors.
       
Construction and Demolition Waste and Inert Debris Disposal:
The use of inert materials in connection with road building, road repair, airport runway construction, bridge and roadway work, levee work, flood control work, and all associated activities by Federal, State and local government public works agencies and their contractors.
       
Construction and Demolition Waste and Inert Debris Disposal:
Existing C&D waste or inert debris disposal sites from which all waste and debris have been removed (clean closure) by February 24, 2005.
       
In-Vessel Digestion:
A Publicly Owned Treatment Works Treatment Plant that receives vehicle-transported solid waste that is an anaerobically digestible material, which is pumped or off-loaded directly into covered, leak-proof container and then pumped, or diluted or slurried and then pumped, and co-digested with wastewater in an anaerobic digester.
Research In-Vessel Digestion Operations Medium Volume In-Vessel Digestion Facilities (avg. 15 tpd ≤ x ≤ 100 tpd, not to exceed 700 tpw)   Large Volume In-Vessel Digestion Facilities (avg. > 100 tpd or 700 tpw)
In-Vessel Digestion:
Digestion of agricultural material derived from an agricultural site and the digestate or compost produced from digestate is returned to the same agricultural site, or an agricultural site owned or leased by the owner, or subsidiary of the agricultural site on which the in-vessel digester is located. No more than 1,000 yd3 of compost produced from digestate may be given away or sold annually. Digestate that is not composted may not be given away or sold.
Dairy In-Vessel Digestion Operations      
In-Vessel Digestion:
Digestion at a dairy involving the co-digestion of manure with agricultural material derived on-site, imported agricultural material, and/or imported vegetative food material in accordance with Waste Discharge Requirements issued by the Regional Water Quality Control Board. Imported material must be pumped or off-loaded directly into covered, leak-proof container and then pumped, or diluted or slurried and then pumped, and co-digested in an in-vessel digester. No more than 1,000 yd3 of compost produced from digestate may be given away or sold annually. Digestate that is not composted may not be given away or sold.
Distribution Center In-Vessel Digestion Operations      
In-Vessel Digestion:
In-vessel digestion with less than a total of 100 yd3 of solid waste, feedstock, and digestate on-site.
Limit Volume In-Vessel Digestion Operation (avg. < 15 tpd, not to exceed 105 tpw)      
In-Vessel Digestion:
Rendering activities authorized by California Department of Food and Agriculture in which no solid waste feedstock bypasses the rendering process.
       
In-Vessel Digestion:
Other discrete handling activities that are already subject to more stringent handling requirements under Federal or State law, as determined by the EA in consultation with the Department.
       
    Hazardous Waste Disposal Facilities Codisposing Nonhazardous, Nonputrescible, Industrial Solid Waste (all)    
        Disposal Sites
(other than Contaminated Soil Disposal Facilities, Nonhazardous Ash Disposal/Monofill Facilities, Hazardous Waste Disposal Facilities, Inert Debris Engineered Fill Operations, Inert Debris Disposal Facilities, and Construction and Demolition Waste and Inert Debris Disposal Facilities)

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Last updated: October 27, 2016
Regulations, http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/LEA/Regs/
Martin Perez: Martin.Perez@calrecycle.ca.gov (916) 323-0834