State law requires all cities to implement a source reduction and recycling element and a household hazardous waste element as part of a reduced waste stream program. The county and the Valley's cities are part of the IVWMB.
To offset some of the anticipated expense, Hogan said materials will be recycled to offset the cost of the facility.
"It's very, very expensive to operate these things," he said.
Hogan said the facility is needed to minimize household hazardous waste dumped in public.
If the material is in sufficient quantity to require immediate response in the county area, the county has the Hazardous Emergency Assistance Team to respond.
Assistant County Fire Chief Fred Nippins heads the team.
He said most of the emergency calls are from agriculture and the railroad, with none from households.
Nick del Valle, county hazardous waste specialist, said when household hazardous waste is found in public, he tries to find the property owner so the property owner can clean up the material.
"The key is to find the responsible party," del Valle said.
As the county is not a so-called state certified uniform programming agency, it cannot handle hazardous waste, and when sufficient hazardous material is found in public, the county calls the state Environmental Protection Agency or the state Regional Water Quality Control Board.
Meanwhile, Hogan said it is still undecided if residents will be charged to drop off hazardous waste. He said a fee has to be looked at in view of the possibility that people will dump the material in public places.
Hogan said the facility should be open within 90 to 120 days, after a permitting process that involves the city, the county and the state. He said the facility must comply with the California Environmental Quality Act, which means having an environmental study completed and approved.
Finally, Hogan said residents using the facility will have to identify themselves as county residents and that it is unknown if the facility will accept tires; if it does there likely will be a fee.
Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.