California Code of Regulations
Title 14 - Natural Resources
Division 7 - Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery
Chapter 3 - Minimum Standards for Solid Waste Handling and Disposal
Article 5.5 - Waste Tire Storage and Disposal Standards
Section 17351 - Fire Prevention Measures

Universal Citation: 14 CA Code of Regs 17351

Current through Register 2023 Notice Reg. No. 52, December 29, 2023

Pursuant to the California Fire Code, Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations, sections 3201.1 through 3210.1, 3404.1 through 3408.2, which are hereby incorporated by reference, any person storing 500 or more waste tires shall meet the following requirements:

(a) The operator of the waste tire facility or solid waste facility shall demonstrate that they have prepared and submitted a fire safety plan to the fire code official having jurisdiction over a particular facility for review and approval. The fire safety plan shall include provisions for fire department vehicle access. At least one copy of the most recent, up-to-date fire safety plan and, if applicable, any approvals shall be made available at the time of inspection and at the time of application for a new permit, permit review or permit revision.

(b) Communication equipment shall be maintained at all waste tire facilities and solid waste facilities, if they are staffed by an attendant, to ensure that the site operator can contact local fire authority in the event of fire. The telephone number of the local fire authority and location of the nearest telephone shall be posted conspicuously in attended locations.

(c) Adequate equipment to aid in the control of fires shall be provided and maintained at the waste tire facility or solid waste facility at all times. At a minimum, the following items shall be maintained on site and in working order at all times:

(1) Buildings or structures shall be equipped with portable fire extinguishers in accordance with Section 906 of the California Fire Code;

(2) One (1) pike pole or comparable pole at least 10 feet in length to separate burning from non-burning tires;

(3) One (1) round point and one (1) square point shovel; and

(4) One (1) portable fire extinguisher with a minimum rating of A:40-B:C shall be carried on each piece of fuel-powered equipment used to handle waste tires.

(d) An adequate water supply shall be available for use by the local fire authority. The water supply shall be capable of delivering at least 1,000 gallons per minute for a duration of at least three hours and at least 2,000 gallons per minute for a duration of at least three hours if the sum of altered plus whole waste tires exceeds 10,000. The water supply shall be arranged such that any part of the storage yard can be reached by using not more than 500 feet of hose.

(e) The following precautions against fire shall be maintained at the waste tire facility or solid waste facility at all times:

(1) No open burning,

(2) Open flame, cutting, welding, or heating devices, blow torches, or highly flammable materials, including, but not limited to, inner tubes, are prohibited within 40 feet of waste tires.

(3) No smoking, except in designated areas.

(4) Tire storage piles shall not be located beneath electrical power lines having a voltage in excess of 750 volts or that supply power to fire emergency systems.

(f) All of the requirements of subsections (a) through (e) above shall apply unless the local fire authority having jurisdiction over a particular facility determines that a different requirement is necessary or adequate to meet the intent of these regulations for fire control and the protection of life and property. This may include the availability of earth moving equipment or other approved means to control the tire fire. Any change in, or any new, local fire authority requirements that affect the requirements in this Article shall be reported to the Department by the operator within 30 days after their effective date. Any requirements approved by the local fire authority shall be subject to Department concurrence at the time of issuance or review of the permit.

1. New section filed 2-10-92 as an emergency; operative 2-10-92 (Register 92, No. 21). A Certificate of Compliance must be transmitted to OAL 6-9-92 or emergency language will be repealed by operation of law on the following day.
2. New section refiled 5-29-92 as an emergency; operative 6-8-92 (Register 92, No. 25). A Certificate of Compliance must be transmitted to OAL by 10-6-92 or emergency language will be repealed by operation of law on the following day.
3. New section refiled 9-28-92 as an emergency; operative 10-6-92 (Register 92, No. 40). A Certificate of Compliance must be transmitted to OAL by 2-3-92 or emergency language will be repealed by operation of law on the following day.
4. New section refiled 1-25-93 as an emergency; operative 2-2-93 (Register 93, No. 5). A Certificate of Compliance must be transmitted to OAL 5-25-93 or emergency language will be repealed by operation of law on the following day.
5. Certificate of Compliance as to 1-25-93 order transmitted to OAL 5-26-93; disapproved by OAL on 6-22-93 (Register 93, No. 26).
6. New section filed 6-22-93 as an emergency; operative 6-22-93 (Register 93, No. 26). A Certificate of Compliance must be transmitted to OAL 10-20-93 or emergency language will be repealed by operation of law on the following day.
7. Editorial correction of HISTORY 4 (Register 93, No. 26).
8. Certificate of Compliance as to 6-22-93 emergency order including repealer and adoption of section transmitted to OAL 9-23-93 and filed 11-3-93 (Register 93, No. 45).
9. Amendment of subsection (b)(3) and new subsection (b)(5) filed 4-1-2003; operative 5-1-2003 (Register 2003, No. 14).
10. Amendment of section and NOTE filed 9-29-2014; operative 10-29-2014 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(b)(3) (Register 2014, No. 40).

Note: Authority cited: Sections 40502, 42820, 42821, 42830, 42832 and 43020, Public Resources Code. Reference: Sections 42820, 42821, 42830, 42832 and 43020, Public Resources Code.

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