California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Enforcement Advisory Council Meeting

Minutes: April 23, 2009

CalEPA Building
1001 I Street
Sacramento, California
9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Meeting called to order 9:44 a.m.

I. Introductions

Rebecca LaFreniere, Chair Southern Round Table
Leonard Grossberg-Vice Chair South Western Round Table
Dennis Ferrier-Vice Chair Northern Cities Round Table
Greg Pirie Bay Area Round Table
Bill Prinz Southern Cities Round Table
Mark Johnson Northern Round Table
Deborah Biersteker North Central Round Table
Vanessa Cordier CCLHO (Health Officers)
Bob Holmes CIWMB
Bonnie Cornwall CIWMB
Rachel Morton CIWMB
Georgianne Turner CIWMB
Bill Orr CIWMB
Ted Rauh CIWMB
Ken Decio CIWMB
Kevin Taylor CIWMB
Virginia Rosales CIWMB

Next meeting scheduled for Thursday, July 16, 2009 in Sacramento, 9:30 a.m.-3: 30 p.m.

Dennis Ferrier in attendance by telephone.

Minutes by Leonard Grossberg

The agenda items below were not necessarily discussed in the order presented here.

II. Agenda Review

Items to be discussed on agenda will be facilitated by availability of presenter throughout the day. Several items will be added to the agenda if time permits.

III. Approval of Previous Minutes

A motion was made and seconded (Pirie/Prinz ) to approve the minutes from the March 12, 2009 EAC meeting with the one correction on page 5. The minutes were approved by a unanimous vote.

IV. EAC Resolutions--Status and Updates

  • Resolution 2007-02--Permit Application and Instructions Subcommittee Update (Kevin Taylor, Rebecca Lafreniere). Ray Seamans will update the information into the Permit Toolbox with guidance on what to include. It’s up to the LEA’s interpretation as to what information goes into the permit. Regulatory changes will occur during the review of the next regulations package to address this situation.
  • Resolution 2007-05--Closed Sites with Multiple Owners Subcommittee Update (Georgianne Turner). A final resolution letter will be sent closing this item, and final guidance documentation will be posted on the web site. In addition, language will be added as a footnote that there is no jurisdictional crossover.
  • Resolution 2006-01--Efiling Data to CIWMB and Solid Waste Information System (SWIS) Database Accessibility (Bonnie Cornwall). Seven LEAS’ are participating in the trial electronic submittals program. So far, they are receiving good feedback from the users.
  • Resolution 2009-01--Circulation of Guidance Documents (Rebecca Lafreniere). Ted responded by requesting an outline from the sub-committee (Brian Pitts, Bill Prinz, Bill O’Rullion, and Dennis Ferrier).

V. EAC Discussion Items

A. Strategic Directive 8.4 Regulatory Review (Ken Decio)

Workshops are scheduled to discuss the LEA’s role (June 11 in Sacramento and June 23 in Diamond Bar). It was suggested that the LEA’s and EAC participate in the workshops to help develop the white paper on the 3-part test, food waste, and alternative daily cover (ADC) composting as well as requesting input from the round tables.

The EAC will be able to review the data collected before is posted. Volunteers were Dennis (ADC), Deborah/Greg (Food waste) Dennis/Bill/ Rebecca (3-part test).

B. Minor Violations and other AB2679 Implementation Issues (Rebecca Lafreniere)

Added to the sub-committee: Vanessa, Deborah, and Dennis.

C. Landfill Gas Monitoring Plan Update (Bill Orr)

Staff is reviewing plan submittals. Three landfills have not submitted. Supplemental reviews with Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) now underway.

  • Differentiate between naturally occurring and existing (i.e. Cold Canyon)
  • Distance issues (1,000 foot spacing) will be resolved using site specific geology studies.

Discussion of acknowledging the receipt of documents by Board staff. In some cases, no acknowledgement is being sent. It was resolved by acknowledging that the cover page will be copied and sent back as receipt to the LEA contacts listed. (Standardized approach for sending information.)

D. Illegal Dumping Training (Bill Orr)


E. Long Term Post-Closure Maintenance Rulemaking (Bill Orr)

A summary report with statutory changes is scheduled to be presented to the Board in May. There is a question of pooling funds.

F. SWIS Digital Inspection Program (DIP)/Advisory 15 (Rebecca Lafreniere)

Report on status of Advisory 15:

  • Questioned if the LEAs were mandated to use a Board issued form. There are different forms used by Decade, Envisions Connect, etc.
  • Which format is acceptable? It is the data that is important, and not the format. Possible solution is to rescind Advisory 15 and issue a FAQ letter and post it on the Toolbox. (Scott Beckner is now working on the Permit Toolbox.)

G. Legislation/Regulations (Bob Holmes)

SB25: Bill introducing an increase of diversion rates to 60%, and growing to 75% by the year 2020. In addition, it has provisions for:

  • An illegal dumping prevention program
  • Addresses small mom & pop hauler operations
  • Allows additional time to review permits submitted to Board
  • Provides for a mandatory commercial recycling program

H. Ralph Hunter Award (Rebecca Lafreniere)

Nominations are due no later than September 19, 2009 for this year’s nominees. Discussion on:

  • Having a perpetual plaque
  • Criteria for the award (leadership and LEA program achievements)
  • Review of application guidelines after the next conference

I. Director's Report (Ted Rauh)

  • Federal Stimulus Plan will generate more money for energy production (energy or fuel from waste), waste fields, etc., so they are looking for projects to invest in!
  • Animal Mortality: Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations concerning the removal of brain and spinal column will impact California landfills and renderers.

J. Training and LEA Conference (Bonnie Cornwall)

  • Proceeding with planning of LEA/CIWMB Conference this October in Sacramento.
  • The 2011 conference is tentatively scheduled for Jan /Feb in Monterey.
  • Ongoing training of Illegal Dumping.
  • Next week starts State Minimum Standards training.
  • Due to travel restrictions and budgetary constraints, looking at cheaper venues and using webinars.
  • Submitted documents for accreditation of Continuing Education Units for R.E.H.S. credits.

K. Other Issues

TMAC: (Rachel Morton)

Requested to develop a sub-committee to work with Scott Beckner by having the round table chairs bring this to the next meetings. In other words, “a search for geeks.”

VI. Public Comments


VII. Meeting Adjourned at 2:03 p.m.

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Last updated: August 4, 2009
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