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9th LEA/CIWMB Partnership Conference

Agenda: 2006 Conference

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Day 1 (Tuesday, August 1, 2006)

Time Activity
8:00-11:00 a.m. California Conference of Directors of Environmental Health Solid Waste Policy Committee Meeting
8:30-11:00 a.m. Finding Your Sea Legs: New LEA Staff Orientation
Are you new to the wide, wonderful, wave swept world of solid waste? Or maybe you are an experienced LEA that needs to get your sea legs back? This is the session for you. We will review the history, the players (CIWMB, LEA, CCDEH, EAC, CalEPA, SWIG, SWANA), the acronyms, the tools (statute, regulations, guidance, toolboxes, websites), the expectations, and the processes and where you can get help when you need it. An added slant this year will be some real world examples of how things fit together and lessons learned.
8:00 a.m.-12:00 noon Charting the Conference Course: Registration
Register for Field Trips and Reception if not already completed
Sign-up for Thursday's Box Lunch
9:00-11:00 a.m. Berth Full of Booths Trade Faire
Don't miss the opportunity to meet company representatives who offer services or equipment used in solid waste and recycled tire business operations and representatives from governmental agencies at the conference trade show.
11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon  Welcome Aboard
Join us for welcoming remarks and get the latest news on hot topics such as bird flu, the CalEPA enforcement workgroup and Board Member happenings. Hear how these and other topics impact your life in the LEA world.
12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. Galley Stop
1:00-3:15 p.m. Navigating the Seas of Illegal Dumping: Enforcement and Abatement Strategies
The session will highlight varied approaches to combat illegal dumping. Kip Kinnings, Orange County District Attorney Investigator, will present cases that detail successful surveillance and enforcement of illegal dumping to open fields and wetlands. George Valdes, City of Fresno, Code Enforcement Division, will present case studies that highlight techniques used for surveillance of illegal dumpers that lead to successful prosecution. Gary Harris and Rodney Lucas, LA City Public Works, will provide an overview of the Enforcement Division's successful program to abate illegal dumpsites as well as to catch and prosecute offenders. John Ramirez, Assistant Director, Monterey County LEA, will present an overview of Monterey County's Illegal Dumping Task Force. Ken Stuart, Consultant, CIWMB will provide an update on the statewide Illegal Dumping Task Force efforts.
3:15-3:30 p.m.  Break
3:30-5:30 p.m. Berth Full of Booths Trade Faire
Don't miss the opportunity to meet company representatives who offer services or equipment used in solid waste and recycled tire business operations and representatives from governmental agencies at the conference trade show.
6:00-8:30 p.m. Dinner and Keynote Speaker
Paul Manasjan, Director of Environmental Affairs Department for San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, will discuss how his past LEA training and experience has helped him prepare for his role in developing and implementing environmental programs for this new agency. Paul's presentation will highlight the Authority's environmental initiatives that will be of interest to LEA & CIWMB staff.

Day 2 (Wednesday, August 2, 2006)

Time Activity
7:00-7:45 a.m. Breakfast
7:45 a.m.-12:00 noon Shore Leave: Field Trips

For LEAs: Attendees will tour the award winning Marina Landfill and the adjacent Monterey Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. Both sites are often visited by national and international experts interested in seeing these solid waste management innovations. In one morning, our tour participants will see the many solid waste activities that are a short bus ride from the conference hotel along a scenic highway.

For Tire Grantees: Tire grantees will visit two examples of successful tire operations. West Coast Rubber Recycling began in 1999 as Gary's Tire Disposal. It started by collecting tires from various tire dealers in the greater Bay Area. The business later changed it's name to West Coast Rubber Recycling (WCRR) and expanded its tire collection and sales territory to the greater Bay Area. From WCRR, the group will travel to Topa Tires, a tractor trailer and backhoe tire retreading establishment. Topa Tires has been in business for four years at its location in Gilroy.

12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. Galley Stop
1:00-2:15 p.m. Enforcement Options: Smooth Sailing or Rough Waters
A brief overview of the Notice and Order process with an emphasis on three case studies with varying degrees of success and resolution. Speakers are Bill Prinz, City of San Diego LEA; Parvaneh Byrth, Riverside County LEA and Gerry Villalobos, City of Los Angeles LEA.
1:00-2:15 p.m. Through the Spyglass
Illegal dumping of garbage, tires, or other debris is a chronic problem in most urban and rural areas. One of the tools employed to fight illegal dumping is the use of surveillance cameras. This session will present an overview of the cameras used in the field and a case study that involves the illegal disposal of tires. Richard Oldham, Code Enforcement Specialist, City of Fresno, and Manuel Ruiz, Neighborhood Revitalization Coordinator, City of Madera will be the presenters.
1:00-2:15 p.m. Finding Buried Treasure: Forensic Techniques to Fingerprint Landfill Gas
Abel Martinez-Centeno, Chemical Engineer with CIWMB, will highlight forensic techniques to fingerprint landfill gas and document occurrence and movement. Sam Abu-Shaban, Senior Civil Engineer with Orange County LEA will then present specifics of landfill gas case studies at landfills in Orange County--the Newport Terrace Landfill and the Cannery Street Landfill.
2:15-2:30 p.m. Break
2:30-3:30 p.m. Adrift with Odor Complaints: Odor Investigations, Monitoring and Enforcement
Ricardo Serrano, Supervisor for Solano County's Solid Waste LEA Program and Jeff Gove, Supervising Air Quality Inspector for Bay Area AQMD will share their different approaches to odor complaint investigations at solid waste and compostable materials handling sites, including complaint referrals to and from other agencies.
2:30-3:30 p.m. Waves of the Future: What's New in Biosolids
Join two dynamic speakers as they share varying perspectives on a biosolids project located in Kern County. Bill O'Rullian, Supervisor of the Kern County LEA, will provide a historical review and discuss the dynamics on the controversial biosolids issue in Kern County. Teaming with Bill will be Diane Gilbert Jones, City of Los Angeles Public Works Department, Regulatory Affairs Division, who will speak about regulatory compliance, operations, and management of the City of LA's biosolids facility in Kern County.
2:30-3:30 p.m. Avast Ye! Think Safety!
A Tire Inspector's Guide to Personal Safety

Phillip Irons, Code Enforcement Officer with the City of Modesto, will examine some of the potential hazards associated with conducting tire site inspections. Mr. Irons- presentation will cover safe inspection strategies, a four step approach to conducting an inspection, and common situations encountered in the field.
3:30-3:45 p.m. Break
3:45-5:00 p.m. Netting the Nukes: Screening for Radioactive Materials in Incoming Waste
Robert Greger, M.S., Certified Health Physicist, and Barbara Hamrick, M.S., J.D., Certified Health Physicist, Department of Health Services, Radiologic Health Branch, will lead this discussion. It covers the basics of radiation and instrumentation for detecting radioactive materials, controls to preclude prohibited radioactive materials from entering landfills, what to do when radioactive materials are detected, and precautions for LEAs and operators when radioactive materials are detected.

Supplements to Robert Greger's presentation:

3:45-5:00 p.m. Fishing for Answers, Swimming Up the Regulatory River
Robert Holmes, Regulations Coordinator, Permitting and Enforcement Division, CIWMB will discuss how regulations are promulgated, including the Board and LEA. He will also present an overview of newest regulations and any new legislation that could impact these regulations.
3:45-5:00 p.m.

Turning the Tide on Tires: Waste Tire Processing and Recycling
Cameron Wright, Owner of West Coast Rubber Recycling, Inc., and another representative from the tire industry will provide an overview of the waste tire processing recycling business. Topics will include services provided to waste tire generators, an explanation of handling and processing of waste tires, and a look at products made from recycled tires.

5:00-7:00 p.m. Dinner on Your Own
7:00-9:00 p.m. Monterey Bay Aquarium Dessert Reception
Michael A. Elizondo, a registered architect and the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Project Manager, will give a presentation on facility waste management practices. Attendees will also be able to confer with environmental health colleagues at this informal gathering.

Day 3 (Thursday, August 3, 2006)

Time Activity
7:30-9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9:00-11:00 a.m. Tides of Calamity: Disaster Planning & Preparedness
Eugene Tseng (Windows Media | PDF), consultant to the City of Los Angeles, and Wayne Tsuda (Windows Media), City of Los Angeles LEA, will discuss Hurricane Katrina disaster issues and the perspectives of the City of LA LEA's on disaster preparedness. Anthony Torres (Windows Media | PDF), San Diego County LEA, will discuss disaster planning, including authority, implementation, and training. Eileen Baumgardner (WMV | PDF), Debris Specialist, Governor's Office of Emergency Services, will share information about debris management relative to the recovery process.
9:00-11:00 a.m. Shark Bites and Other Fish Tales: Enforcement, Load Checking and Waste Recycling
Gale Filter, Executive Director, California District Attorney's Association (CDAA), will present case studies and describe services CDAA can provide to regulators. Matthew Hickman, Riverside County Program Manager, will highlight Riverside County's Loadchecking and Waste Recycling Programs to include electronic waste and universal waste, with photos and videos of prohibited waste incidents. Stephanie Weissman, Riverside County Deputy District Attorney, will discuss the legal follow-up featuring evidence collection and processing, case development, and resolution.
9:00-11:00 a.m. Batten Down the Hatches! Landfill Postclosure and Environmental Restoration
Donald Dier, Jr. (Windows Media | PDF), P.E., CIWMB, will provide an introduction to this topic, review the recent Postclosure Land Use Symposia, and discuss next steps that the Board plans to take. Brett MacDonald (Windows Media), a Brownfield Consultant, and James Evensen (Windows Media | PDF), R.G., C. Hg., Source Group Inc., will discuss the Palm Springs Landfill cleanup and Home Depot Project and provide their insights as project consultants. Derek Lieberman (Windows Media | PDF), P.E., U.S. Army Consultant, and Ted Terrasas (Windows Media), REHS, Monterey County LEA, will share their insights on the Fort Ord Landfills and this property's conversion from military to development and habitat management uses. Jerry Oberhelman (Windows Media | PDF), P.E., CIWMB, will discuss cleanup of a closed burn dump in the Jack London State Park.
11:00-11:30 a.m. Check Out of Rooms
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Heave To and Drop Anchor: Conference Review and Reconnoiter
In keeping with tradition, this general session will provide an overview of our partnership conference, including important discoveries, insights gained and a timeline for resolving any identified priority issues.
12:30-1:30 p.m. Box Lunch/Sail Away
Attendees who need to travel may take the box lunch with them on their journey; those who have time are invited to stay in the Memory Gardens and have lunch with colleagues.

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