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  •   UPDATED Monterey County EMS Listening Sessions

    The Monterey County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Agency will be hosting a series of five community-based listening sessions designed to help the County assess the effectiveness of our EMS system. The sessions will be open to residents and community partners and will be structured to encourage feedback and ideas around how to improve our EMS system.

    9/20/2017 2:26:00 PM

  • Recent Cannabis Raid a Reminder that Unpermitted Growing Operations are Illegal

    A recent multi-agency raid on multiple illegal cannabis growing operations in south Monterey County is a reminder that there are restrictions on cultivating cannabis in Monterey County. Engaging in cannabis-related activity in violation of County laws is subject to law enforcement action.

    10/16/2017 9:43:00 AM

  • Monterey County Animal Control Program Advisory Board Meeting

    The Monterey County Animal Control Program Advisory Board meeting will be held on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 3:30 pm. The meeting will take place at the Monterey County Animal Services Center, 160 Hitchcock Street in Salinas.

    10/16/2017 9:43:00 AM

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California Accidental Release Prevention Program

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California Accidental Release Prevention Program (CalARP)

Accidental Release Prevention laws were passed by both the Federal and State governments to help prevent accidental releases of extremely hazardous chemicals from impacting surrounding communities. Extremely hazardous chemicals (termed “regulated substances”) include anhydrous ammonia, chlorine gas, sulfur dioxide, methyl bromide and a number of pesticides.

Under the new Cal-ARP regulations, businesses that handle certain extremely hazardous chemicals (regulated substances) may need to complete and submit a Risk Management Plan (RMP) to the Monterey County Environmental Health Bureau.

Facilities must submit an RMP if they handle a Federal Regulated Substance in amounts greater than federal threshold quantities OR if they handle a State Regulated Substance in amounts greater than the state threshold quantities AND have been determined to present a significant likelihood of a regulated substance accident risk. This determination of significant risk will be performed by the Monterey County Environmental Health Bureau and will evaluate the following risk factors:

  • Physical State of Chemical (solid, liquid or gas)
  • Toxicity of Chemical
  • Amount of Chemical in Process
  • Process temperatures and pressures
  • Distance of facility to public receptors, especially sensitive receptors such as schools and hospitals.

Facilities determined to pose a significant regulated substance accident risk will be notified by the Monterey County Environmental Health Bureau and will be given one year to complete and submit a RMP. The Risk Management Plan is a detailed engineering analysis of:

  • The potential accident factors present at a business and
  • The mitigation measures that can be implemented to reduce this accident potential

Related Links

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CalARP Program Regulations (CalOES)

CalARP Program Regulations (CalOES)

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CalARP List of Regulated Substances

CalARP List of Regulated Substances

Downloadable PDF