California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Enforcement Advisory Council Meeting

Minutes: February 25, 2010

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

Meeting called to order 9:40 a.m.

I. Introductions

Rebecca LaFreniere, Chair, Southern Roundtable
Leonard Grossberg, Vice Chair, South Western Roundtable
Greg Pirie, Bay Area Roundtable
Bill Prinz, Southern Cities
John Wells, Northern Roundtable
Deborah Biersteker, North Central Roundtable
Brian Pitts, South Central Roundtable
Joe Doser, CCLHO

Vacant Position, CCDEH
Vacant Position, Contract Counties
Vacant Position, EA CalRecycle

Bob Holmes, CalRecycle
Bonnie Cornwall, CalRecycle
Rachel Morton, CalRecycle
Mark de Bie, CalRecycle
Ted Rauh, CalRecycle
Georgianne Turner, CalRecycle
Kevin Taylor, CalRecycle
Scott Walker, CalRecycle
Gerald Berumen, CalRecycle
Joyce Faidley, CalRecycle

Next EAC Meeting: Thursday, April 22 or 29, 2010 in Sacramento; Scheduled for 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Minutes by Leonard Grossberg

(The agenda items presented below were not necessarily discussed in that order.)

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 (Grossberg/Pirie) to approve the minutes from the December 10, 2009 EAC meeting with minor corrections. The minutes were approved by a unanimous vote.

IV. EAC Resolutions--Status and Updates

A. Resolution 2007-02--Permit Application and Instructions-Subcommittee Update (Mark de Bie)

Replaces advisory 57
Specific language has been included (see item 12, last paragraph of handout)
This item is closed!

B. Resolution 2009-01--Review and Circulation of Guidance Documents (Bill Prinz)

Still undergoing review, the sub-committee continues to look at changes. It was recommended that the committee re-circulate another draft with the latest corrections.

C. Minor Violations--Subcommittee Update (Rebecca Lafreniere)

Discussion from the roundtables (Southern, South Western, South Central, and Northern) indicates a consensus that there is no intention to use the “minor violation” option at this time. While some outreach may have been performed, nothing in general has moved this along. Do we need to send this to CCDEH? While the bill was originally sponsored by CIWMB, it was gutted by industry.

D. E-Filing Data to CalRecycle and Solid Waste Information System Digital Inspection Program (SWIS DIP) Database Accessibility (Amy Norris/Bonnie Cornwall)


  • Error code in San Diego County during entry (LEA staff was added, and when trying to enter data, were denied.) Need to obtain Web-pass first.
  • When there is a change in email address, you need to re-enter web-pass.
  • 50% of LEA’s are signed-up
  • Point of contact is Bonnie & Amy


  • Request to add a “Help” option
  • Request to add a “Spell Check” option
  • Facilitate adding pictures to report format
  • Possible to have training at roundtables?

V. EAC Discussion Items

A. Landfill Gas Monitoring Plan Update (Georgianne Turner)
  • Currently, 55 as-builts are hoping to be approved
  • An additional 40 will submit afterwards
  • 25 different remediation plans have been received (14 were approved, 1 rejected, 10 are pending)
  • Compliance is measured by submittal of as-builts

B. Program Director Report (Ted Rauh)

  • 30% vacancy, resources are down with little expected to change. Trying to be as effective as possible with no lack of service/response.
  • LEA evaluations slower than expected.
  • Legislature is trying to divert funding.
  • Animal transport safe disposal issues.
  • Review of Permit Process discussion and CalRecycle’s commitment to openness and assistance.

C. Legislation/Regulations (Bob Holmes)

AB 274: Post Postclosure maintenance/corrective actions, establishes a pool fund of 12 per ton, when operators cannot pay for it. Minimum participation is 50% of active waste operators.

AB 1004: Pushes AB 274 out 6 months.

Rulemaking: Phase II Postclosure Financial Assurance Pkg. (Effective date July 1, 2010)

  • Training in June
  • Last 3 bullets extend closure after 30 years.
  • There is a step-down that can reduce it to no less than 15 years.
  • Corrective action plan for non-water quality.

D. Point of Contact-Feedback from Roundtables (Mark de Bie)

Outcome of feedback: How staff interacts in outreach with the LEA’s

  1. LEA requests
  2. Summarize linkages
  3. Not addressing complaints
  4. Effort to communicate with LEA’s face to face
  5. Are the problems encountered systemic or personal?

E. Permit Process 2010 in the New Department (Mark de Bie)

(Can be found in web-site under Public Comments)

  • Proposed permit
  • Staff report outlines all elements and findings, including compliance history, environmental analysis, local issues, public comments, and department staff actions.
  • Final action memo (request for action letter by program director.)
  • Some concern of regulatory overlap in review and comment of permit documents.
  • Final permit from LEA will be added to complete record collection.
  • Draft proposes to help during the permit process assisting at meetings and thus shortening the review process.
  • Next steps:
    • reformat proposal
    • establish a work group

Roundtables will be asked to obtain volunteers for a work group (2 from north, 2 from south) plus CalRecycle staff. Some of the preliminary volunteers mentioned were San Diego (Jacquie Adams), Orange County, and Monterey.

F. Compost & Movement from Quarantine Areas (Gerald Berumen)

Asian Citrus Psyllid can infect citrus trees with bacteria which causes “Citrus Greening Disease.” California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has a quarantine on all green materials in Southern California and there is a statewide federal quarantine in place as well. They are working on stipulations for compliance agreements with County Agriculture Commissioners and the green materials industry to secure movement of green waste. A “specific” written compliance agreement for any movement of green waste will be required, as well as for each facility receiving the waste!

G. EAC Membership (Rebecca Lafreniere)

  • CCDEH: represented by Brian Pitts (also representing South Central Roundtable)
  • EA CalRecycle: currently vacant
  • Contract Counties: only one left is Mariposa County
  • RCRC could be representative of rural counties

H. Training and LEA Conference (Melissa Hoover-Hartwick/Loretta Sylve)

  • Conference is full!
  • Use of more LEA’s for trainers for the state minimum standards training.

I. Safely Disposing of Waste Meat, Poultry, and Fish (Mark de Bie)

CDFA rules require that rendering facilities, haulers and collection facilities must be certified. Each collection vehicle also must be certified and registered.

J. Potential Best Management Practices for Composting (Mark de Bie)

In the initial development stages for food and green composting.

K. Farm and Ranch Composting (Mark de Bie)

Final draft this week. Will go back to regulations to identify material on notification tier re: agricultural site as stabilized agricultural material.

L. Agriculture Land Application of Compostable Materials (Mark de Bie)

Draft white paper (for food and green waste only): Six options on how to identify and address the issue. Points to CDFA so that it meets the definition of their rules.

Focus on CalRecycle’s concerns (litter, glass, etc.) and let the Water Board, and locals’ focus on their own stuff.

M. Issues for Next Roundtables (Rebecca Lafreniere)

Elimination of paper and using digital formats (pending LEA Support Group approval).

N. Training and LEA Conference (Bonnie Cornwall)

  • Considering the expanded use of Webinars.
  • Upcoming trainings:
    • Postclosure in late spring
    • CEQA in the fall
    • Personal Protective Equipment
    • Confined Space
    • Asbestos (March/April)
    • Clandestine Labs (April/May)
    • Load Checking (July/August)
    • Communication issues (November/December)
  • Conference: Scheduled for February/March of 2011 in Monterey, CA. Looking for input from EAC, Roundtables and surveys for general topics.

O. Other Issues (Rebecca Lafreniere)

Soliciting big topic items.
SWIS DIP-volunteers to coordinate training.

VI. Public Comments


VII. Meeting adjourned at 3:17 p.m.

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Last updated: May 27, 2010
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