Certified Record Search Findings Report
As a convenience to businesses that provide property research and environmental assessment services, as well as to the general public, the Hazardous Materials Division provides a certified record search findings service.
Upon receipt of a completed application form Request for Certified Hazardous Materials Records Search Findings and the required fee, Division staff will perform detailed research of current and archival data, automated records, manual logs, and program files to determine whether there are any records of contamination or spills relating to a particular site that is subject to current or past regulatory activity by the Division. Records include active, inactive, and archival underground storage tanks, hazardous materials handlers, hazardous waste generators, and EPCRA or CalARP facilities, as well as any reports of spills, complaints, or cleanup activity.
Once research is complete, the Division issues a Certified Hazardous Materials Record Search Findings Report that details all records associated with a particular site by type, date, location and status, or which certifies a "no records" finding (any file identified can be made available for copying and/or review upon request).
File Review Request
The Hazardous Materials Division will provide a specific identified record for copying and/or review upon receipt of the application form File Review Request. The application must include the name of the record, type of file, and the specific site location, as well as the identifying record number if available. If the record exists, it will be made available for copying and/or review.
NOTE: The File Review Request service is limited to retrieval of the specific record identified in the request and does not include additional research to identify historical contamination issues, address changes, and/or other businesses that may have operated at the site. For complete research for records of a particular site, we recommend submittal of the Request for Certified Hazardous Materials Record Search Findings and the required fee.
Citizens requesting review of the public portion of a single facility Business Emergency/Contingency Plan under Community Right-to-Know laws may do so at no charge after completing the File Review Request form. An appointment is recommended to ensure the record is available.
Questions regarding Procedures for Certified Hazardous Materials Record Search Findings Request may be answered by downloading the procedures from the Policies and Procedures page on this web site or by calling 909.386.8401.
Other Federal, State, Regional, County, and City agencies maintain certain records involving hazardous materials at facilities within San Bernardino County. For instance, unauthorized releases from Underground Storage Tanks may be found at the State Water Resources Control Board Geotracker site. Interested persons may also want to check the Hazmat links to investigate web sites by US EPA or CalEPA under their Superfund and Brownfield Programs. The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has a searchable database for several programs including CalSites, Voluntary Compliance Program Properties, and the School Property Evaluation Program.
In 1986, California voters approved a ballot initiative to address growing concerns about exposure to toxic chemicals. That initiative became the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, included in Chapter 6.5 of the Hazardous Waste Control Law in California Health and Safety Code - better known as “Prop 65”.