CUPA Evaluations

Certified Unified Program Agency

CUPA Evaluations

California law requires that the Secretary of California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) periodically review the ability of each Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) to carry out the requirements of the Unified Program. The goal is to assess whether the CUPA is effectively implementing all of the program elements and is continually improving to meet the intent of the law: coordination, consolidation, and consistency of all Unified Program elements. CalEPA annually assesses each of the CUPAs through a review of specific reports to determine those that will have a more in-depth evaluation by a team of staff from each state agency with Unified Program responsibilities. The evaluation process is defined in Title 27 of the California Code of Regulations and expanded in a variety of guidance documents. The evaluation schedule and results are found on CalEPA's website. CAL FIRE Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) participates in the CUPA evaluation process to ensure that the CUPA is implementing the California Fire Code Hazardous Materials Management Plan/Hazardous Materials Inventory Statement (HMMP/HMIS) and the Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act (APSA) program elements for all regulated businesses as specified in state laws and regulations. The following items are checklists used by the OSFM evaluator in assessing a CUPA’s implementation of the California Fire Code HMMP/HMIS and APSA programs:

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