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Impacts of SB 14 on the Petroleum Industry

LEU, DAVID J., and FRED TORNATORE, Mittelhauser Corporation, Laguna Hills, CA

In October 1989, Governor George Deukmejian signed SB 14 (Roberti) into law. Known as the Hazardous Waste Source Reduction and Management Review Act, SB 14 establishes the first mandatory waste reduction law in the state of California. SB 14 requires generators who produce more than 13 tons of hazardous waste per year, or more than 26 lb of extremely hazardous waste per year, to develop and implement plans to reduce their major waste streams through source reduction, recycling, and treatment.

SB 14 plans must be prepared by September 1991 and available for review by the California Department of Health Services. Every two years, starting in September 1991 the companies in at least two standard industrial classification (SIC) codes. The petroleum industry is expected to be included in the department's September 1991 call in.

SB 14 provides specific enforcement measures to the department if generators fail to complete, submit, and implement an acceptable source reduction plan. Specifically, the department may issue notice of violations and impose civil files of up to $1000 per day for each violation.

In this paper, we discuss the requirements of SB 14, what the petroleum industry (including E&P) must do to stay in compliance with SB 14, and some of the waste-reduction options that can be done easily by the petroleum industry.


AAPG Search and Discovery Article #91009©1991 AAPG-SEPM-SEG-SPWLA Pacific Section Annual Meeting, Bakersfield, California, March 6-8, 1991 (2009)