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Enforcement Advisory Council Meeting

Resolutions: Enforcement Advisory Council Meeting—September 28, 2000

Representing: Lassen, Modoc, Plumas and Sierra Counties
Lassen County Public Health Department
555 Hospital Lane, Susanville, CA  96130
(530) 251-8183 Fax (530) 251-4871

October 16, 2000

Julie Nauman
Deputy Director, P&E Division
California Integrated Waste Management Board
8800 Cal Center Drive
Sacramento, CA  95826

Dear Ms. Nauman:

On September 28, 2000, the EAC met and passed the following Resolutions:

Resolution 00-05:

The EAC recommends and requests that the CIWMB develop a Taskforce to address issues regarding proper handling, disposal and/or recycling of metallic discards, electronic wastes, and other special wastes. This could also be addressed as a priority in the CIWMB Strategic Plan.

The EAC had previously passed Resolutions 00-01 and 98-07 regarding the handling and classification of metallic discards. The issues developed in those resolutions have not been resolved. Recently similar issues regarding the classification, handling, disposal and/or recycling of electronic wastes (computers, cell phones, etc) have also arisen.

California must develop a plan to address how these and other special wastes should be handled and recycled. The plan must include reasonable and risk based classification of the wastes, reasonable and economically viable alternatives for handling, disposal and/or recycling of the wastes, and development of appropriate programs to reasonably and economically implement the plan.

Advanced disposal fees, manufacturer/industry ownership or responsibility, and down-tiering or classification of wastes have been discussed as some possible solutions. Most will require legislative action, and broad, unified involvement by concerned parties.

Many of these wastes are being classified as "hazardous materials", imposing special handling practices and restrictions, employee training requirements, disposal prohibitions, timely and costly paperwork, record keeping and administration, as well as other requirements on those who end up with the wastes. The more difficult and costly solutions for dealing with these wastes get, the more illegal disposal/dumping and improper handling become significant problems. These problems are exacerbated in rural areas where economies of scale, material consolidation, transportation to markets, and other associated conditions add to the difficulties in properly handling special wastes. The area remoteness and access to open public land add to illegal dumping problems.

Resolution 00-06:

The EAC requests that the CIWMB include representation of EAC and Enforcement Agencies on the taskforce working on the 10% and Source Separated issue paper and resolution. The EAC nominated Sue Markie (CIWMB EA Section) and Dennis Ferrier (San Jose LEA) to represent the EAC and EA's.

It is also my pleasure to inform you that at the September 28, 2000 EAC meeting, Michael Schmaeling of Santa Barbara County was elected the new EAC Chair. George Nakamura of Contra Costa County, and Greg Pirie of Napa County, were elected Co-vice Chairs.

We appreciate your consideration in these matters. If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me at 530-251-8183, esgenter@psln.com.

Sincerely,

original signed by

Ernest S. Genter, Chair
Enforcement Advisory Council

Cc. EAC Members
      Heidi Sanborn
      Dan Avera, CCDEH-SWPC

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