Be sure to or your EPA ID number will be inactivated

The DTSC annual verification questionnaire cycle is now open. If your hazardous waste ID number was active anytime during the 2018 fiscal year (from July 1, 2018 -June 30, 2019) or your company manifested hazardous waste using an assigned hazardous waste ID number during the 2018 calendar year (from January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018), your company needs to complete the 2019 eVQ. If you do not complete the eVQ, the DTSC will inactivate your EPA ID number and you will not be able to ship your hazardous waste.

In the past, the DTSC would mail hard copies of the questionnaire to generators. In an effort to reduce paper use, the DTSC created an online system called “eVQ”. All verifications are done through this online system and the DTSC no longer mails hard copies of the Verification Questionnaires. Click HERE[1] to access the system

The DTSC notifies generators via email, when it is time to complete these questionnaires. This year, initial notification emails were sent the second week in August. These notification emails are sent to the email address associated with the ID number. If that person is no longer with your company, you will need update the contact information in order to access your site’s eVQ. See Appendix A of the DTSC eVQ User Guide for instructions for updating the contact information. Click HERE[2] to access the User Guide.

It is very important that your facility complete these questionnaires.  Failure to complete the 2019 eVQ by the deadline date constitutes as failure to comply with the California Health and Safety Code sections 25205.15 and 25205.16; as a result, the DTSC will inactivate your ID number and you will not be able to ship your hazardous waste without an active EPA ID number.

 

The questionnaire includes two sections:

  1. The first is to verify your EPA ID number(s) and the total number of employees associated with your firm, in CA. There is a fee associated with this if you have 50 or more employees.
  2. The second section involves your past calendar year’s manifests. The DTSC will assess a fee of $7.50 for each manifest used, except for manifests used solely for recycled waste.

The questionnaire will list a total number of manifest and categorize them as either “recycled” or “non-recycled”.  To qualify as recycled, ALL waste listed on the manifest must be recycled. The way in which you can determine if the waste(s) was recycled is by looking at each final copy of your manifests.  The hazardous waste disposal facility (TSDF) adds a code for each waste listed to indicate if it was recycled at their facility. The handling codes can be found in Box 19 on the manifest. Handling codes that are considered “recycled” are H010, H020, H039, H050 or H061.

 

As a generator, here are a couple of things you should be aware of:

  • Even if you didn’t receive the notification email, you can still go to the website and begin your questionnaire.  Here is the log in link: https://evq.dtsc.ca.gov/Home.aspx
  • Only waste on a Uniform Waste manifest is counted (so NOT Universal waste, not ERM, not nonHaz or items shipped on a BOL)
  • This is entirely separate from the Federal eManifest fees paid to the TSDF
  • This is a State Fee, just for CA generators

It is not uncommon for the DTSC’s prepopulated manifest counts to be incorrect.  HTS recommends that you review your manifests to obtain the correct count and modify as appropriate.  Please contact us if you need assistance.

 

Common Q&A regarding eVQ https://www.dtsc.ca.gov/IDManifest/VQ_FAQ.cfm

[1] https://evq.dtsc.ca.gov/Home.aspx

[2] https://evq.dtsc.ca.gov/Documents/eVQ_Screenshots.pdf