The intentional improper disposal of hazardous materials is illegal and the consequences severe. Sonoma State University, as a potentially liable property owner, investigates all suspected hazardous materials incidents. Investigations include sampling, photos, and filing reports with the Sonoma County Public Health Department and other state and federal agencies. Those persons suspected of illegal disposal will be prosecuted under Penal Code Section 374.8 in order to recover fines, clean up costs, and related damages.
SSU will take every action necessary to recover these costs and identify the individuals responsible for these activities. California Penal Code Section 374.8 states:
Any person who knowingly causes any hazardous substance to be deposited on any road, street, highway, alley or any land of another . . . is punishable by prison in county jail for not more than one year, or a fine of not less than $50 and not more than $10,000 or by both fine and imprisonment.
Sonoma State University encourages everyone in the campus community to be aware of potentially illegal hazardous materials disposal. If you are witness to any dumping or abandonment of hazardous materials, obtain as much information on the individual and circumstances as possible and contact Environmental Health and Safety at (707) 664-4003 during business hours or call the University Police at (707) 664-2143 after hours.
Rewards up to $5,000 are available to any person who provides information which materially contributes to the imposition of a civil penalty or criminal fine [Health & Safety Code 25191.7]. The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) is responsible for administering the informant reward system.
Department of Toxic Substances Control
10151 Croydon Way - Suite 3
Sacramento, CA 95827