California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

LEA Advisory #43

Attachment B—Sample Emergency Advisory/LEA Disaster Advisory

CIWMB Emergency Advisory logo.

CIWMB Permitting and Enforcement Disaster Coordinator

LEA Disaster Advisory


Date: INSERT APPROPRIATE DATE

To: Local Enforcement Agencies

From: CIWMB Permitting and Enforcement Disaster Coordinator

Subject: WASTE-RELATED INCIDENTS DUE TO DISASTERS

Potential Problems

Waste-related incidents may occur due to INSERT DISASTER RELATED EVENT, including landfill or other facility closures, waste handling backlogs, and hazardous waste concerns. Local Enforcement Agencies (LEA) are urged to contact Michael Wochnick of the CIWMB’s Permitting and Enforcement Division at (phone) 916-341-6318 or (fax) 916-366-2318 or (e-mail) Michael.Wochnik@calrecycle.ca.gov if there are any problems. Disaster-related information will be passed on to the State Office of Emergency Services (OES).

Do You Need Technical Assistance?

Do you need technical assistance? The Board’s Permitting and Enforcement Division can help with slope stability problems, gas system failures, landfill fires, erosion problems, and emergency construction contracts and oversights. Staff can also help with inspections and permit assistance. Please refer to LEA Advisory No. 43 for more information.

Disaster-related collection, processing, and disposal programs may require more detailed load checking programs at landfills, expanded hours at permanent facilities, and mobile and/or roving collection programs. In some cases, emergency waivers may be granted for disposal or processing of those wastes beyond the permitted conditions. Contact the Board’s Permitting and Enforcement Division’s Disaster Coordinator at (916) 341-6318 for more information.

Potential Funding Availability

Due to the possibility of available Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds, jurisdictions should document expended resources and funds. For general information on FEMA funding, please contact the State OES at 916-364-2044 for Northern California or 818-440-2144 for Southern California. All requests for funding must be made through your local OES, the Inland Regional Emergency Operations Center (REOC) at 916-262-1611, or Coastal REOC at (510) 286-0895. Local governments must follow the State’s Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) in requesting FEMA and other assistance. To assure funding and/or reimbursement of funds, all costs related to the disaster for solid waste and HHW collection should be documented separately from existing collection programs. In addition, quantities of solid waste collected from the disaster should be documented.

Information We Need

We would appreciate it if you would send us the following disaster-related information as soon as possible. We, in turn, are required to provide this information to the State Office of Emergency Services:

  1. Are there any landfill or other solid waste facility closures in your area? If so, which ones, why were they closed, and what are the consequences?
  2. Have any emergency waivers of standards been issued (14CCR 17210 et seq.)? If so, which specific standards and conditions were waived?
  3. Are there any significant or unusual landfill or other solid waste facility problems in your area (gas, leachate, etc.) as a result of the disaster? If so, which landfill or solid waste facilities and what is the problem?
  4. Are there any waste handling backlogs and/or hazardous waste concerns?
  5. Are there other waste-related incidents?

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