Regulatory Authority for Cleanup
The California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) has been delegated authority by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to implement the RCRA program in California. Cal/EPA's Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)The department within the California Environmental Protection Agency in charge of the regulation of hazardous waste from generation to final disposal. DTSC oversees the investigation and cleanup of hazardous waste sites. is the lead regulatory agency for environmental investigation and cleanup activities associated with Pacific Gas and Electric Company's (PG&E) Topock Compressor Station (Station) and Topock Project Site (Site). DTSC was designated as the lead agency for the Site cleanup by Cal/EPA's Site Designation Committee under the authority of California Health and Safety Code 25260 et seq, which allows the responsible party to request designation of a single administering agency to oversee site investigation and remedial action. As the lead California regulatory agency, DTSC directs all site investigation and cleanup activities in accordance with RCRA and the California Environmental Quality Act. PG&E entered into an agreement with DTSC in 1996 to undertake investigation and cleanup actions at the Site.
Federal agencies with jurisdiction over surrounding land also have jurisdiction over the remediation process pursuant to CERCLA. In July 2005, PG&E and these federal agencies, which include the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Reclamation, entered into a Consent AgreementA voluntary agreement between a lead agency and responsible party in which the company commits to investigate the nature and extent of contamination at and surrounding a site governed by RCRA, and to take corrective action. to facilitate federal oversight of remediation activities. In accordance with this agreement, environmental investigation and cleanup activities at the Station, which are being conducted under the RCRA Corrective Action ProcessA process designed to evaluate the nature and extent of releases of a hazardous substance and implement appropriate measures to protect public health and the environment., are also being conducted to meet the requirements set forth by CERCLA. PG&E and the DOI executed a Remedial Design/Remedial Action Consent DecreeAn agreement between a lead agency and responsible party in which the responsible party commits to investigate the nature and extent of contamination at and surrounding a site governed by CERCLA, and related remedial actions addressing contamination, and to take corrective action. under the CERCLA in 2012, which was lodged with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in January 2013, and became effective upon approval by the court in November 2013.