Environmental Technology Certifications Program
April 1998, Revised July 2005
Due to the current budget shortfall for the State of California, and associated budget uncertainty, DTSC is not accepting any new applications into its Hazardous Waste Technology Certification Program. This program certified the performance of hazardous waste environmental technologies.
The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) began a program to certify hazardous waste environmental technologies in January 1994.
The statutes establishing this program specify that the technologies which may be certified shall include, but are not limited to, hazardous waste management technologies, site mitigation technologies, and waste minimization and pollution prevention technologies.
Technologies types which fall within this scope include less polluting raw materials, processes and products; recycling technologies; analysis, monitoring, and process control technologies; treatment technologies; and site characterization and remediation technologies.
The statutes establishing the program mandate that certified technologies meet certain specified criteria including:
Certification is intended to evaluate the effectiveness, reliability, and protectiveness of hazardous waste technologies within the purview of DTSC. It is further intended to ease the regulatory burdens of using these approved technologies by taking advantage of DTSC's Tiered Permitting system which sets the administrative process commensurate with the risk posed by the technology and the wastes in question.
Certification may help streamline the regulatory requirements associated with use of the technology as well as provides information on the technology's performance.
The State will provide a high quality technical evaluation of the efficacy and efficiency of a technology's performance. This certification can be used by the applicant to support marketing of their hazardous waste environmental technology, domestically or abroad. The results of a performance certification may also be used to provide information to regulatory agencies in support of a permit.
Certifications may provide estimates of performance in areas such as:
The statutes establishing the program specify that an application for certification of a hazardous waste environmental technology must include any information required by DTSC to make a determination on the certification application.
The statutes also specify that all certifications must include:
DTSC has identified the objectives for the Technology Certification Program to include:
DTSC began a technology certification program in January 1994. To date, DTSC has negotiated agreements, identified data requirements, reviewed data packages, and completed technical evaluations leading to the certification of twenty-five hazardous waste environmental technologies, including:
Criteria and Preferences for Selection of Technologies
Technologies are selected for the program based on the following criteria and preferences:
Certifications by the State should be of a quality which will meet standards for peer review by national and international organizations. Data quality objectives will be established based on the type of certification and the specifics of the technology and its application. Trade secrets will be protected under applicable statutes and regulations.
Program Support (Fees)
The statutes establishing the Certification Program specify that DTSC shall charge fees to recover its actual costs to review and certify the technology. DTSC will negotiate an agreement with selected applicants which will include the payment of fees based on the estimated costs to complete the certification.
If you have any questions about the Technology Certification Program, contact us at:
Department of Toxic Substances Control