Last week, AGC of California earned a major victory for contractors working on projects which require the disposal of treated wood waste. Earlier this month, California Department Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) notified companies that regulations that allowed for treated wood waste to be handled with alternative management standards were set to expire after December 31, 2020. After that date, all hazardous treated wood waste managed in California would have had to be stored and manifested as hazardous waste and transported to class I hazardous waste landfills for disposal.
AGC of California has been working with state agencies and participating in coalitions through our advocates and industry partners in finding a solution for the Treated Wood Waste Issue. Today we were notified through our coalition that the DTSC will be issuing a blanket variance, allowing for Treated Wood Waste Material to continue to be managed pursuant to the alternative management standards and disposed in composite lined landfills. While specific details are still forthcoming, we know this is a step in the right direction in allowing the process to move forward while formalizing a long-term and balanced solution.
You will find the full letter from the DTSC, attached here, and AGC will send out more information on specific guidance in the coming days.
AGC of California will continue to monitor this issue closely and will work with the legislature to find a long-term solution to this problem. Please direct questions to Manny Leon or Kate Mergen.