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California Environmental Protection Agency


The California EPA is the umbrella organization for environmental regulatory agencies in California. Its formation came from the consolidation of a number of other regulatory agencies under Executive Order W-5-91 in 1991. This Complyrpedia entry explains how the California Environmental Protection Agency relates to environmental compliance in California.

From the CAL EPA Website

“In 1991, California’s environmental authority was unified in a single Cabinet level agency—the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA).

CalEPA Mission

Our mission is to restore, protect and enhance the environment, to ensure public health, environmental quality and economic vitality.

We fulfill our mission by developing, implementing and enforcing environmental laws that regulate air, water and soil quality, pesticide use and waste recycling and reduction. Our departments are at the forefront of environmental science, using the most recent research to shape the state’s environmental laws.

The Office of the Secretary heads CalEPA overseeing and coordinating the activities of one office, two boards, and three departments dedicated to improving California’s environment.

Geographic Jurisdiction


Agencies Under the CalEPA

For the purposes of Complyrs, the CalEPA is the parent agency for the following:
California Air Resources Board
Department of Toxic Substances Control
State Water Resource Control Board
Regional Water Quality Control Boards
However, the CalEPA also acts as the parent agency for:
Department of Pesticide Regulation
Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)
Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment


Through the agencies that fall in its purview, the Cal EPA is involved with virtually every environmental program in California, including the following:
California Environmental Reporting System
Hazardous Materials
Hazardous Waste
Universal Waste
Underground Storage Tanks
Aboveground Storage Tanks
Vapor Recovery
Climate Change Programs
Emergency Diesel Generators
Portable Diesel Equipment
Diesel Fleets


California EPA Website
Wikipedia: California Environmental Protection Agency

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