California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

August Board Meeting Summary

Date: August 30, 2007

To: All Local Enforcement Agencies

Board Meeting: August 14, 2007
Permitting and Compliance (P&C) Committee Meeting: August 6, 2007

Summary of the Board and P&C Committee Meetings on items of possible interest to LEAs:

1. Angora Fire Update: In record time the CIWMB has coordinated, overseen, and completed a $7 million cleanup operation to remove nearly 55,000 tons of ash and rubble debris left in the wake of Lake Tahoe's disastrous wildfire that destroyed 257 properties and devastated 3,100 acres near South Lake Tahoe. The clean up efforts included removing ash and rubble while recycling as much of the material as possible. Environmental measures were taken to ensure the health and safety of crews and neighbors. The cleanup effort was completed more than a week ahead of the scheduled September 1st deadline.

2. CIWMB Branch Manager Update: Three new Branch Managers for the Waste Compliance and Mitigation Program (WCMP) were announced at the P&C Committee meeting. The new WCMP Branch Managers are Georgianne Turner, Branch Manager of the MSW Facilities, Operations and Evaluation Branch, Kevin Taylor, Branch Manager of the North Branch for Permitting and LEA Support and Sherrie Sala-Moore, Branch Manager of the Jurisdiction and Minimum Content Compliance Branch. It was also announced that Sharon Anderson, one of the CIWMB’s leaders of the successful LEA Partnership and Enforcement efforts, has taken a position with the Air Resources Board (ARB). Ms. Anderson will be assisting with the CIWMB/LEA Conference in San Diego in October. WCMP staff assignments by LEA jurisdiction are available on the web.

3. P&C Committee Summary: In August, the P&C committee heard the following items, (the Committee’s and/or Board’s actions are below each item).

3.1 Six Solid Waste Facility Permit Items: The Board concurred in 6 full solid waste facility permits (4 revised and 2 new); all the proposed permits were on consent or had P&C committee support. One new proposed permit was for a biosolids/green material composting facility in San Bernardino County. The Board set up a remote location in the community to facilitate local participation in the P&C Committee and Board meeting. At the remote location, there was extensive testimony given in opposition to the new facility. Concerns included negative impacts on the community from winds carrying vectors, dust and odors. The Board requested increased inspections be performed when the facility begins operation until continued compliance with state minimum standards has been verified.

3.2 One Minor Waste Tire Facility Permit Item: The Board approved and adopted the negative declaration and the issuance of one minor waste tire facility permit in San Bernardino County.

3.3 One Item on Rulemaking Direction: The Board approved the Temporary Waiver of Terms regulations which authorize local enforcement agencies (LEAs) to issue a stipulated agreement to waive the terms and conditions of a solid waste facilities permit during a temporary emergency. It is anticipated that the regulations will become effective in late September.

4. Other Committee/Board Discussion Items:

4.1. Contract Allocations: The Board approved additional funding to implement on-going and key activities in the Board’s Strategic Directives from the Integrated Waste Management Account for Fiscal Year 2007/08. The approved additional funding was as follows.

  • 2007-D-1-Infrastructure Baseline Inventory and Information Management Framework: This contract allocation of $800,000 will result in a comprehensive inventory of California’s solid waste handling, diversion and market infrastructure, and will include the development of a data management framework to automate updates and reports, integrating new information with the Board’s existing data management systems.
  • 2007-D-2-Research and Demonstration Projects on Landfill Alternatives for Bioenergy and Biofuels Production: This contract allocation of $500,000 will allow for additional research and demonstration projects with technologies that can use solid waste feedstock to produce renewable biofuels and bioenergy. The project will allow the Board to solicit competitive proposals that address multiple policy issues dealing with increased landfill diversion, production of renewable bioenergy and biofuels, and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions in support of the California Global Warming Solutions Act. The expected outcomes from this research would achieve increased production of energy or fuel production from the selected projects.
  • 2007-D-3-Plastic Grocery Bag Co-Mingled Recycling Rate for Compliance with AB 2449: This allocation of $75,000 will assist in the required development of a co-mingled recycling rate factor that grocers can use in their annual report to the Board on the amount of plastic carryout bags recycled, essentially helping grocers to avoid monetary penalties for violations.
  • 2007-D-4-Compost Safety Research: This allocation of $50,000 will fund bench-level and/or field-level research to assess the efficacy of mammalian tissue composting. California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is entering into a contract with the University of California, Davis, Western Institute for Food Safety and Security (UCD)/(WIFSS) to evaluate alternative disposal options such as composting. This contract provides additional funding for research of a broader array of pathogens, and will allow for a more comprehensive assessment. CIWMB staff will consider the project a success if the contractor’s research protocols receive favorable comments during the scientific peer review process. Without alternative disposal options, the State will continue to rely on the rendering industry, which is currently operating at capacity.
  • 2007-D-5-Illegal Dumping Enforcement and Public Awareness Manual Allocation Request: The Board did not approve the allocation request for a $100,000 contract to develop an illegal dumping manual and related materials for local government illegal dumping programs. The Board directed staff to hold a workshop with the illegal dumping task force and return to the Board with recommendations after that meeting.

4.2 Strategic Directives: The Board heard a discussion on the proposed schedule for periodic reports and updates on the progress toward completing activities for the Strategic Directives adopted by the Board in February 2007 and discussed at the July 17, 2007 workshop.

5. Upcoming Events: also see LEA Training . Note: Last chance to register for the 2007 LEA/CIWMB Conference in San Diego at the Bahia Hotel, on Oct. 16, 17, 18

  • September 19
    Beginning Landfill Gas Training Workshop
    Wait List
    Sacramento
  • September 26
    Beginning Landfill Gas Training Workshop
    Wait List
    San Diego
  • September 27
    Beginning Landfill Gas Training Workshop
    Ventura
  • October 3
    Beginning Landfill Gas Training Workshop
    Wait List
    Sacramento
  • October 16-18
    10th Annual LEA/CIWMB Conference
    San Diego
  • October 30
    Beginning Landfill Gas Training Workshop
    Red Bluff
  • November 14-15
    State Minimum Standards Training
    Los Angeles

The next Board meeting will be on September 19. The P&C Committee will meet on Monday, September 10 at 1:30 p.m. and the Strategic Policy Development Committee will meet on September 11 at 10 a.m.

The Committee and Board meetings are audio broadcast and are available from almost any personal computer with Internet access. Go to www.calrecycle.ca.gov and click on the far right link under "More Resources" titled "Broadcasts & Videos" or click on "Broadcasts" in the upper right corner of the electronic meeting agenda.

August 14, 2007 Board Meeting: Permitting and Compliance and Other Agenda Items

1. Concurred (Consent). Consideration of a New Full Solid Waste Facilities Permit (Compostable Materials Handling Facility) for the Nursery Products Hawes Composting Facility, San Bernardino County (P&C Committee Item B)

2. Concurred (Consent). Consideration of a Revised Full Solid Waste Facilities Permit (Transfer/ Processing Facility) for the West Valley Materials Recovery Facility, San Bernardino County (P&C Committee Item C)

3. Concurred (Consent). Consideration of a New Full Solid Waste Facilities Permit (C&D/Inert Debris Processing Facility) for the Fruitridge C&D Recycling Facility, Sacramento County (P&C Committee Item D)

4. Concurred (Consent). Consideration of a Revised Full Solid Waste Facilities Permit (Disposal Facility) for the El Sobrante Landfill, Riverside County (P&C Committee Item E)

5. Concurred (Consent). Consideration of a Revised Full Solid Waste Facilities Permit (Disposal Facility) for the Fink Road Landfill, Stanislaus County (P&C Committee Item F)

6. Concurred (Consent). Consideration of a Revised Full Solid Waste Facilities Permit (Disposal Facility) for the Chicago Grade Landfill, San Luis Obispo County (P&C Committee Item G)

7. Adopted and Issued (Consent). Consideration of the Adoption of a Negative Declaration (State Clearinghouse No. 2007051119) and the Issuance of a Minor Waste Tire Facility Permit For BJ Used Tire & Rubber Recycling, Inc., San Bernardino County (P&C Committee Item H)

8. Deleted.

9. Adopted. Consideration of Adoption of Proposed Regulations Modifying Existing Temporary Waiver of Terms Regulations (P&C Committee Item J)

10. Approved. Consideration of Allocation Proposals to be Funded from the Integrated Waste Management Account, FY 2007/08 (Strategic Policy Committee Item B)

11. Discussion. Discussion of Process and Schedule for Periodic Review of Strategic Directives (Strategic Policy Committee Item C)

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

Date Released: August 30, 2007
LEA Correspondence, http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/LEA/Mail/
Melissa Hoover-Hartwick: Melissa.Hoover-Hartwick@calrecycle.ca.gov (916) 341-6813