California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Enforcement Advisory Council Meeting

Minutes: August 20, 2014

CalEPA Building
1001 I Street

Meeting Called to Order at 9:35 A.M.

I. Introductions/In Attendance

Lars Seifert, Chair, Southern Roundtable
Lisa Jameson, Vice-Chair, North Central Roundtable
Linda Johnson, Vice-Chair, Southern Cities - City of Vernon LEA
Joe Doser, CCLHO (Health Officers)
Pete Oda, South Western Roundtable - L.A. County LEA
Marina Winslow, Northern Roundtable - Butte Co. LEA
Chris Rummel, Bay Area Roundtable
Jeffrey Marshall, South Central Roundtable
Christine Sosko, Sonoma County LEA
Mark de Bie, CalRecycle
Georgianne Turner, CalRecycle
Peter Staklis, CalRecycle
Okla Hensley, CalRecycle
Wes Mindermann, CalRecycle
Ken Decio, CalRecycle
Susan Markie, CalRecycle
Leta Forland, CalRecycle
Jeff Hackett, CalRecycle
Bob Holmes, CalRecycle
Paulina Lawrence, CalRecycle
Kevin Taylor, CalRecycle
Martin Perez, CalRecycle

Next EAC Meeting: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at CalEPA-Sacramento 9:30 A.M.-3:30 P.M.

Minutes by Lisa Jameson.

Some agenda items were discussed out of order.

II. Agenda Review

No additions or comments were made.

III. Approval of Previous EAC Meeting Minutes

No changes, corrections or deletions.   A motion was made by Joe Doser and seconded by Marina Winslow to approve the minutes from the May 6, 2014 EAC meeting.  The minutes were approved by a unanimous vote.

A motion was made and seconded (Jameson/Rummel) to approve the minutes from the February 26, 2014 EAC meeting. The minutes were approved by a unanimous vote.

IV. EAC Resolutions: Status and Updates

Not on Agenda

  • Discussed EAC organizational and structural purpose. The California Conference of Directors of Environmental Health (CCDEH) will be sent an email requesting a representative for participation in the EAC. Ms. Sosko is the new CCDEH-Solid Waste Policy Committee Chair.
  • Lars Seifert’s 2-year term as EAC Chair will be completed by the next EAC meeting in November. The two Vice-Chairs will also be finishing their 2-year terms. Election of new officers will occur at the November 4, 2014 EAC meeting. The Vice-Chairs will again be representatives from the North region and from the South region.

C.  ADC Usage Investigation Report

  • Discussion presented by Georgianne Turner, CalRecycle. A 2014 CalRecycle report outlines the types of alternative daily cover (ADC) used and the ratio of ADC to waste disposed. There is concern for the regulated community. CalRecycle has investigated ADC to waste disposed ratios for 15 facilities: the top 10 that have ADC to waste disposed and the top 5 that have processed green material ADC to waste disposed. CalRecycle’s findings show that some facilities are misreporting, but it does not appear to be intentional. Errors include record-keeping errors/omissions and over-reporting. CalRecycle’s intent is to spend time with the LEA and operators during inspections with the goal being improved record-keeping by the operator. Training is crucial. Green waste as ADC is controversial. Clarification needs to be made that green waste ADC cannot include food waste.  Operational issues have been identified with daily cover including ineffective use, low lifts, the nature of the waste, ADC density and voids. These issues may be resolved with proper training. Most sites appear to be following their JTDs. Another issue is conversion factors. There appears to be mis-reporting with respect to the amounts of ADC brought in to the facility and the amount of ADC actually used. Training for LEAs for State Minimum Standards is scheduled.

G. Alternative Waste Collection Frequency

  • A handout was provided to EAC attendees: “Draft Alternative Waste Collection Frequency Pilot Project, List of Study Considerations”.  Public health issues have been considered. Any proposed pilot study, if done with appropriate design, would hopefully assist lawmakers with developing policy in the future. CCDEH is aware of the issue.

E.  EA Notifications

LEAs are experiencing problems with processing notifications. One issue appears that local planning departments are not communicating with LEAs. CalRecycle has provided LEAs with a sample letter for use in communicating with planning departments. The letter can be found on the CalRecycle website Permit Toolbox.

V. CalRecycle Discussion Items

A. Deputy Director Report, presented by Mark de Bie, CalRecycle

A. Deputy Director Report
Presented by Mark de Bie, CalRecycle.

  • Revisions to the tire regulations have been submitted to the Office of Administrative Law for a 30-day review and comment period. There are exclusions, changes for tires at minor/major facilities and changes in design and operating requirements per the State Fire Marshall.
  • Carpet recyclers. Info will be disseminated to LEAs with respect to facilities receiving used carpet mixed with C&D waste. Information must get out to potential recyclers. A pamphlet approach is being considered
  • Electronic submittals. CalRecycle’s files are in process of being digitized. All records will be available through the SWIS database. CalRecycle is not quite ready to receive electronic reports. CalRecycle wants minimum impact to LEAs with respect to report submittals. Within the next few months, CalRecycle expects that paper reports will no longer be accepted. SWIS database software is being upgraded within the next year. Electronic submittal testing is currently being done between CalRecycle and select test LEAs.

IV. D. Disposal Reporting System (DRS)
Presentation by CalRecycle staff Okla Hensley and Peter Staklis.

  • Discussion of disposal definitions (California law) and exclusions. Discussion about reporting requirements. A flow diagram was presented showing reporting pathways.  Disposal reporting is a minimum standard - training is required. Discussion of annual facility reporting and required data. CalRecycle’s role was discussed: tracks data, provides statewide disposal reports and disposal rates, makes disposal data available to the public, analyzes disposal and recycling trends. The DRS section is tasked to monitor submittals, enter data, review data for quality and trends, follow up on data issues and finalize annual data. DRS tracks solid waste sent to landfills; does not track material sent to community recycling centers. DRS is involved in issues related to mis-reporting, training stakeholders, improving the reporting process and making reporting easier. Link to DRS is /LGCentral/DRS/default.htm.
  • DRS would like to receive LEA comments about ease of using links.

Break from 11:47 a.m. to 1:06 p.m.

IV.B. LEA Advisory 47 Update

  • All advisories are transitioning to an on-line format. Outdated language is being revised. EAC will have 30 days to review and comment. A schedule is being developed for changing advisories to guidance documents.

IV. F. Partial Closed Sites

  • LEAs and CalRecycle continue to have different perspectives on this issue. It was discussed at the last CCDEH meeting. Some ideas were brought forth that may be considered by CalRecycle. CalRecycle would like to explore a regulatory avenue as a solution; perhaps one to two regulations to bridge the the gap between open and closed sites. Definitions are being reviewed. It is a long process to open up Title 27 and make regulations to address issues. Meetings with stakeholders should first occur as an informal process prior to the regulatory process.

IV. A. Post-Closure Land Use (PCLU)

  • There are many issues such as subsidence, gas migration and pollution. LEAs would like assistance from CalRecycle with engineering reviews. LEAs would like to receive comments and provide sound discussion to use on large projects. CalRecycle has no authority to approve PCLU but may be able to provide technical assistance to LEAs. Currently CalRecycle is providing assistance to LEAs on 19 PCLU projects. LEAs suggest a checklist for development on and adjacent to landfills. What to make comments on and how to comment are legal issues that LEAs are having trouble with. Another LEA suggestion was to create an on-line library of PCLU projects/comments. CalRecycle is planning technical training for PCLU projects.

V. B. Legislation Update
Presented by Bob Holmes, CalRecycle.

  • AB1594: Green Material Diversion. As of January 1, 2020, green material will count as diversion.
  • AB1893 (died). Sharps Waste.
  • SB1249: Hazardous Waste Shredder Waste Bill. Will require DTSC involvement.
  • SB270 Plastic Carry-Out Bag Ban (single-use bag ban)
  • SB498  Biomass Bill. Facilities would be required to report types and amounts to CalRecycle. LEAs would have the authority to determine that biomass meets the definitions.
  • SB1014. Pharmaceutical Waste.

V. C. CalRecycle Staff Update
Presented by Bob Holmes, CalRecycle.

  • Martin Perez. Advisories and guidance documents. Rulemaking projects.
  • Tadese Gebrehawariat. Supervisor in Enforcement Unit.
  • Shannon Hill. Permits Unit with Los Angeles County oversight.

Welcome and good luck in your new positions.

V. D. Training
Presented by Bob Holmes, CalRecycle.

  • Roundtable dates set
  • State Minimum Standards Training; several dates in September and October
  • Permit CEQA Classroom Training now scheduled for early 2015
  • Cal/EPA has authorized funds for the Technical Training Series (Northern California 2015)

Thanks to Jeffrey Marshall!!

VI. Public Comment Period

No one from the public was present at the meeting.

VII. Schedule Next EAC Meeting and Close Meeting

Next meeting scheduled for November 4, 2014.

Meeting adjourned at 2:53 pm.

Please note: Past meeting agendas and notes are retained for historical purposes. Over time, some information and links on these pages may become dated and/or inaccurate.

Last updated: November 20, 2014
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