California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

May Board Meeting Summary

Date: May 29, 2007

To: All Local Enforcement Agencies

Board Meeting: May 15, 2007
Permitting and Compliance (P&C) Committee Meeting: May 7, 2007

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

1. Executive Director's Report & the Reorganization: Mr. Mark Leary reported that CIWMB will soon post information about our reorganization on the CIWMB website for all interested parties to access. Additionally, sometime after June 1, when the new Division Chiefs have been hired, Mr. Leary will conduct a webcast presentation on the CIWMB's reorganization for our external partners and stakeholders. The CIWMB's four divisions have been consolidated into two Programs to better meet the Board's strategic directives and serve our stakeholders. Mr. Ted Rauh is the new Program Director of the Waste Compliance and Mitigation Program. Mr. Howard Levenson is the Program Director of the Sustainability Program. Mr. Leary emphasized that during this transition period, the CIWMB is striving to continue with our same level of service to all our stakeholders and partners and feedback is always welcome.

2. P&C Committee Summary and Board Actions: This month, the P&C committee heard the following items, (the Committee's and/or Board's actions are below each item).

  • Three solid waste facility permit items:

The Board concurred in three full solid waste facility permits, two revised and one new. All were on the consent agenda.

  • One discussion item on the LEA Evaluation Program:

The LEA Support Services Branch, Evaluations Section, updated the Board on the current status of the LEA evaluations completed through March 31, 2007 and discussed possible steps that staff may take to target LEA performance issues during the period between formal evaluations, and briefly discussed improving the evaluation process' statutory framework. The discussion included ideas that will be examined in the future. Examples included program modifications such as varying the evaluation schedule and scope and using specific triggers to better assist LEAs in consistent enforcement of statutes, regulations, and solid waste facilities' permit terms and conditions statewide.

  • Two items on grants under several of the Board's programs:
  1. The Board awarded 35 grants to local governments under the Waste Tire Cleanup and Amnesty Grant Program for Fiscal Year (FY) 2006/07 for clean-up projects and/or amnesty events.
  2. The Board awarded a grant not to exceed $740,000, to the Gas Technology Institute for demonstration projects that convert landfill gas to liquefied natural gas (LNG) for use as a clean transportation fuel. Increasing recovery of landfill methane is an integral part of the Board's responsibility for the Landfill Methane Capture Strategy under the Climate Action Team and Assembly Bill (AB) 32 (Nunez, Statutes of 2006, Chapter 488) implementation.
  • Three items for contractors for several of the Board's programs were approved:
  1. Contractor for Technologies & Management Practices Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Landfills (Contract Amount $148,832, SCS Engineers)
  2. Contractor for the Lifecycle Assessment of Organics Diversion Alternatives and Economic Analysis of Greenhouse Gas Reduction Options (Contract Amount $500,000, RTI International)
  3. Contractor for the Study to Identify Potential Long-Term Threats and Financial Assurance Mechanisms for Long-Term Postclosure Maintenance and Corrective Action at Solid Waste Landfills (Contract Amount $296,097.00, ICF Consulting Services)
  • Two items on diversion issues;

  1. The Board issued a compliance order to the City of Daly City, San Mateo County, for failing to adequately implement its diversion programs and not meeting diversion goals.
  2. The Board found that although their diversion rate is still below 50%, the City of Commerce has made reasonable and feasible efforts to implement additional diversion programs to address any changes in their waste stream and has adequately implemented their household hazardous waste element (HHWE), and is in compliance with the source reduction and recycling element (SRRE) diversion program implementation requirements, and has met the conditions for claiming transformation diversion credit disposal deduction.

3. Climate Change Workshop: The Strategic Policy Committee conducted a collaborative workshop between CIWMB, Air Resources Board (ARB), California Energy Commission (CEC), and other stakeholders to develop a common understanding about climate change principles and ongoing activities and to evaluate and discuss CIWMB Early Action Measures. Selected potential action measures to assist in achieving our greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction strategies were discussed at the workshop and are listed below.

  • Adopt regulations to require methane control systems on smaller landfills where control systems are not currently required;
  • Maximize landfill methane capture efficiencies;
  • Regulations requiring additional landfill data;
  • Overcoming criteria pollutant challenges to recovery of landfill gas and other solid waste related biogas;
  • Multi-family recycling;
  • Increase curbside recycling;
  • Targeted commercial recycling;
  • Demonstration grants as an incentive for GHG emission reduction projects.

4. Upcoming Events: Also see LEA Training

  • Cal EPA Environmental Cross Media Enforcement Symposium: Napa May 29- June 1
  • Inspector Field Training Tours in June are full, wait list only
  • State Minimum Standards Training: June-August, Statewide locations
  • Landfill Gas Training: August–September, Statewide locations
  • 2007 LEA/CIWMB Conference: San Diego, Bahia Hotel, Oct. 16, 17, 18

The next Board meeting will be on June 12. The P&C Committee will meet on Monday, June 4 at 1:30 p.m. and the Strategic Policy Development Committee will meet on June 5, at 9 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.

May 15, 2007 Board Meeting: Permitting and Compliance and Other Agenda Items

All agenda items may be accessed at: https://www2.calrecycle.ca.gov/Docs/CIWMBMeeting/

1. Approved (Consent). Consideration of Failure to Implement SB 1066 Time Extension Plan of Correction; Consideration of the 2001/2002 and 2003/2004 Biennial Review Findings for the Source Reduction and Recycling Element; and Consideration of Issuance of a Compliance Order for the City of Daly City, San Mateo County (Committee Item B)

2. Accepted (Consent). Consideration of the 2003/2004 Biennial Review Findings for the Source Reduction and Recycling Element and Household Hazardous Waste Element for the Following Jurisdiction (Good Faith Effort to Implement Programs): Commerce: Los Angeles County (Committee Item C)

3. Approved (Committee Consensus). Consideration of the Grant Awards for the Local Government Waste Tire Cleanup and Amnesty Event Grant Program (Tire Recycling Management Fund, FY 2006/07) (Committee Item D)

4. Concurred (Consent). Consideration of a Revised Full Solid Waste Facilities Permit (Disposal Facility) for the Santa Maria Regional Landfill, Santa Barbara County (Committee Item E)

5. Concurred (Consent). Consideration of a New Full Solid Waste Facilities Permit (Transfer/Processing Facility) for Kroeker Recycling Facility, Fresno County (Committee Item F)

6. Concurred (Consent). Consideration of a Revised Full Solid Waste Facilities Permit (Disposal Site) for the Tri-Cities Recycling and Disposal Facility, Alameda County (Committee Item G)

7. Approved (Committee Consensus). Consideration of the Grant Award(s) for the Liquefied Natural Gas from Landfill Gas Demonstration Grant Program (Integrated Waste Management Account, FY 2006/07) (Committee Item H)

8. Approved (Committee Consensus). Consideration of Contractor for Technologies and Management Practices Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Landfills (Integrated Waste Management Account, FY 2006/07) (Committee Item I)

9. Discussion. Committee Only. Discussion of Local Enforcement Agency Evaluations (Committee Item J)

10. Approved (Committee Consensus). Consideration of Contractor for the Study to Identify Potential Long-Term Threats and Financial Assurance Mechanisms for Long-Term Postclosure Maintenance and Corrective Action at Solid Waste Landfills (Integrated Waste Management Account, FY 2006/07) (Committee Item K)

18. Approved (Committee Consensus). Consideration of Contractor for the Lifecycle Assessment of Organics Diversion Alternatives and Economic Analysis of Greenhouse Gas Reduction Options Contract (Integrated Waste Management Account, FY 2006/07) (Markets Committee Item I)

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: May 29, 2007
LEA Correspondence, http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/LEA/Mail/
Melissa Hoover-Hartwick: Melissa.Hoover-Hartwick@calrecycle.ca.gov (916) 341-6813