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ABOUT THE POSITION:
Under the general supervision of the Environmental Programs Manager, the Environmental Programs Inspector will perform Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) and Clean Water inspections and investigations for the City of Union City. The Environmental Programs Inspector must possess a current International Code Council (ICC) certification as an underground tank inspector or obtain this certification within six months. The Environmental Programs Inspector will review and approve California Environmental Reporting System (CERS) submittals, and conduct facility inspections for hazardous materials storage, underground tanks, hazardous waste generators, on-site treatment of hazardous waste, above ground petroleum storage (APSA) , California Accidental Release Prevention Program (CalARP) and the Union City Clean Water program at commercial and industrial facilities.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
Conducts inspections and investigations to determine compliance with federal, state and local ordinances, laws and regulations governing hazardous materials and clean water standards, issues violations, works with businesses to achieve compliance and supports enforcement actions as needed.
Evaluates chemical storage and use practices at businesses, identifies violations of codes and regulations, and prepares clear, professionally written inspection reports, violation letters, correction notices, stop work orders, citations and other correspondence;
Enters inspection and enforcement findings into the City’s CUPA database (Accela’s Envision-Connect) using a portable field computer, and interacts with Accela customer support to facilitate maintenance of the database.
Analyzes and interprets hazardous materials and hazardous waste analytical results;
Reviews, validates and approves electronic data submissions from businesses in the California Environmental Reporting System (CERS) database and assists business operators in maintaining CERS compliance;
Gathers supportive evidence and prepares CUPA enforcement cases including Administrative Enforcement Orders and referrals to the District Attorney;
Investigates complaints, allegations and referrals regarding Clean Water issues and the storage of hazardous materials and/or hazardous wastes, including at emergency incidents, and makes appropriate recommendations for the elimination or control of conditions hazardous to the public and/or the environment;
Assists in inter-agency investigations, clean-ups and enforcement actions.
Reviews and evaluates hazardous materials and Clean Water facility permit applications, and construction plans for compliance with federal, state and local law and industry standards, calculates and assesses appropriate fees, and meets with permit applicants to explain necessary revisions and additional requirements;
Provides technical assistance in hazardous materials and Clean Water issues to representatives of industry, government and the general public;
Serves as technical resource to the Alameda County Fire Department in response to emergencies involving Union City CUPA facilities;
Attends relevant training courses, task force meetings, seminars and conferences to maintain up-to-date competence in the requirements of the CUPA program;
May appear in court or provide testimony in cases of civil and/or criminal complaints regarding violation of environmental laws, ordinances, regulations, and facility inspection findings;
Performs other duties as required.