California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Enforcement Advisory Council Meeting

Minutes: September 26, 2012

CalEPA Building
1001 I Street

Meeting called to order at 9:35 a.m.

I. Introductions

Joe Doser, Chair, CCLHO (Health Officers)
Greg Pirie, Vice-Chair, Bay Area Roundtable
Lars Seifert, Vice-Chair, Southern Roundtable
Pete Oda, South Western Roundtable
Linda Johnson, Southern Cities
Paul Tavaras (with Ed Schriner), Northern Cities
John Glenn (for Marina Winslow), Northern Roundtable
Lisa Todd ,North Central Roundtable
Brian Pitts absent, CCDEH
Janet Gardner, South Central Roundtable
Vacant Position, Contract Counties
Vacant Position, CalRecycle EA

Mark de Bie, CalRecycle
Lorraine Van Kekerix, CalRecycle
Sharon Anderson, CalRecycle
Bonnie Cornwall, CalRecycle
Leta Forland, CalRecycle
Sue Markie, CalRecycle
Bob Holmes, CalRecycle
Kevin Taylor, CalRecycle
Ken Decio, CalRecycle
Lorreta Sylve, CalRecycle
Carla Repucci, CalRecycle

Next EAC Meeting: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 in Sacramento from 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Minutes by Greg Pirie

II. Agenda Review

No additions to the agenda were proposed.

III. Approval of Previous Minutes:

A motion was made and seconded (Todd/Johnson) to approve the minutes from the September 26, 2012 EAC meeting. The minutes were approved by a unanimous vote.

IV. EAC Resolutions Status and Updates

A. Ralph Hunter Memorial Award (2012)

  • EAC members and CalRecycle designated representative completed award rating sheets for nominees for 2012.
  • Mr. Pirie motioned and Mr. Seifert seconded the motion to award the 2012 Ralph Hunter Award to Mr. Ricardo Serrano of the County of Solano after tally and presentation of the rating results.  The motion passed unanimously. (Resolution 2012-03)
  •  Mr. Doser will present the award at the Solano County Board of Supervisors meeting.

B. Elections

The two year service of the Chair (Mr. Doser) and Vice-Chairs (Mr. Pirie and Seifert) have concluded.  The EAC selection of new officers was discussed and new leaders have been nominated and approved. (Resolution 2012-04).

New officers include:

  • Lars Seifert as Chair (Nominated by Mr. Pirie, Seconded by Mr. Doser)
  • Lisa Todd as Co Vice-Chair (Nominated by Mr. Pirie, Seconded by Mr. Doser)
  • Linda Johnson as Co Vice-Chair (Nominated by Mr. Seifert, Seconded by Mr. Doser)

C. Farm and Ranch Grants

  •  EAC discussed the current use of the grant and more specifically the grant ability to cover administrative costs. Man have difficulty applying for the grant if not all of the admin time is reimbursable.
  • Mr. Seifert stated he has used the grant over the last few years. The more you use it, the easier the process is to complete. The grant has been a good resource. It is possible to bundle several clean up areas into one grant application. Confirmed that admin costs are not reimbursable. 
  • Ms. Repucci was invited to the meeting and updated the EAC on the grant program. Only $200K of $1million was used last year. Admin cost is not covered, but you can receive reimbursement of personnel cost. 

D. Solid Waste Facility Permit (SWFP)/Waste Discharge Requirement (WDR) Application Revision

  • EAC discussed the current status of the E-177 permit application revisions, and incorporation into the many Title 14 & 27 regulatory revisions currently being reviewed by Cal Recycle, LEAs and Industry. 
  • Comments included how to incorporate tons as beneficial reuse into the application and then the SWFP. Beneficial reuse should be identified in the application with the discretion of the LEA how to incorporate the tons per day into the SWFP. 
  • Beneficial reuse tons are still difficult to indentify being received in the application and have it correlate to the SWFP maximum tons per day.  LEA will have to coordinate identification of tons per material type between the application, Report of Facility Information (RFI), and/or SWFP.
  •  Comments should be submitted with formal regulatory process starting in 2013.

E. Linda Johnson, City of Vernon replacing Jacquie Adams, Southern Roundtable (RT) Chair

  • EAC member voted to confirm Ms. Johnson as the Southern RT Chair and the CalRecycle web page to be updated and reflect the new member.  (Motion made by Doser and Seconded by Todd)

V. CalRecycle Discussion and/or Update Items

CalRecycle Item Taken Out of Agenda Order

A. Deputy Director Report (Mark de Bie)

  • Discussed CalRecycle and Tire Enforcement Grant improvements. Possible improvement is to have the hearing officer move from the Attorney General to the Cal Recycle Director. If generator under an enforcement order, verify and could charge for an additional investigation. Define Tire Broker connection to be a transporter; then must register with Cal Recycle.
  • 75 percent recycling goal workshops--Clarify understanding that the 75% goal does not “replace” the 50% requirements. They work side-by-side. Materials may migrate from compost/anaerobic digestion (AD)/alternative daily cover (ADC), but still identify as diversion. Create measurement of a baseline diversion rate related to disposal of materials.
  • Second Commercial Recycling workshop--Should be similar to source/separated either at site, or at the MRF, either way the material will still be recycled. Is there a way to evaluate all recyclable that are pulled out of the solid waste stream? Policy issue of disincentive in recycling, try to evaluate and identify if “all” recyclables are separated from the waste stream.
  • Discussed several successful site cleanup projects.
  • Mark Leary will be retiring this year.
  • Elliott Block reappointed to 2-year term as Chief Counsel.

B. Update on 5-year permit review workshop (Sue Markie)

  • If the 5-year report and revision completed at the same time, then complete the 5-year report and send in with the revised permit package.
  • LEA Advisories---Try to have these documents incorporated in the Permit Toolbox.
  • Many discussed the timing of resetting the 5-year clock as 5-year reports and revisions are completed. If you review the 5-year application and areas/documents are missing, the owner/operator must fix before continuing with the revised permit package process. Must look at both processed carefully if conducted at the same time.

C. Update on issue of inspection of Closed Units at active sites

 Discussion of operating landfills with closed units, how to complete an inspection report with an open and closed unit. Discussion led to the completion of one inspection report, but specify on the report separate comments for both units.
D. Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB)/Department of Water Resources (DWR) Communication

  • There will be a discussion at the LEA/Ca Recycle conference on communication, including a general contact for the Water Board. 
  • Discussion included processes to develop and use roundtables to solve issues. How to negotiate with all regions being a separate entity.
  • Sacramento works will with their Water Board contact. Some contacts not willing to discuss and comment on questions.
  • So Cal roundtable indicated there is a roundtable organized by the State Board--includes a health agreements/disagreements between State and Regional Water Boards.

E. Draft Regulatory Revision to Title 14 and Title 27

  • Mr. Decio released new regulatory language last week. All should be on the CalRecycle webpage.
  • Need further discussion on AD, publicly owned treatment works (POTW), Green Contamination, Food Waste definition, and Land, Application.
  •  AD will be identified in a new In Vessel Digestion category of solid waste facilities.

F. Legislation Update

Mr. Ken Decio included the following Bills to review and follow:

  • AB 480, Solorio--Insurance: Solid Waste Facilities
  • AB 1178, MA--Solid Waste Place of Origin. Local export to landfill.
  •  AB 1647, Gordon--Waste Tire Enforcement.
  • AB 1900, Gotto--Renewable Energy.
  • SB 1118, Hancock--Used Mattresses Recycling and Recovery

G. Training Update

  •  2012 Technical Training Conference in Sacramento is coming up quick. The reduced registration expires 10/5/12. There are scholarships available. Only single-occupancy rooms left at the hotel.
  • Next training will be on CEQA/Permits. Will be more in depth with some elements online.

VI. Public Comments:

No public comments

VII. Next Meeting Scheduled for December 4, 2012 in Sacramento

Meeting adjourned at 2:15 p.m.

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