California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

December 2008 Board Meeting Summary

Date: December 23, 2008

To: All Local Enforcement Agencies

Board Meeting: December 16, 2008
Permitting and Compliance (P&C) Committee Meeting: December 8, 9 and 11, 2008
Strategic Policy Committee Meeting: December 9, 2008

December Meeting Action Summary

Agenda items are listed by agenda number below:

Actions Taken by the California Integrated Waste Management Board in December 2008 of Interest to Local Enforcement Agencies
Agenda Item Number Agenda Item Board Action Notes
1 Revised Full Solid Waste Facility Permit for the Redwood Landfill, Marin County (Disposal Site and Compostable Materials Handling Facility) Concurred There was much testimony by many interested parties on this permit. The Board concurred in the issuance of the permit as per PRC 44009. The Marin County local enforcement agency (LEA) was the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) lead agency for the environmental impact report that was developed for the project. Mitigations of note include an independent monitor and a linkage of greenhouse gas reductions to the proposed disposal capacity expansion. The LEA agreed to consult with Board staff on the effectiveness and continued use of the independent monitor.
2 Proposed Regulations on Active Disposal Site Gas Monitoring and Control Compliance Adopted Board adopted regulations on December 16. The rulemaking file is being submitted to the Office of Administrtive Law (OAL). They have 30 working days so may be approved in February. Moving the dates for implementation to October. The regulatory changes amend the compliance deadlines for implementation of landfill gas monitoring plans (the deadlines for plan submittal were not changed).

Elements of the regulatory changes:

  1. Establishes two compliance dates
    • Submittal of program plan
    • Implementation of program plan
  2. Establishes review timeframe for EA
  3. Adjusts compliance deadlines

    > 20 tpd

    • Submit program plan = September 21, 2008
    • Implement program plan ≈ October 2009 (Eight months from effective date of regs)

    < 20 tpd

    • Submit program plan = September 21, 2009
    • Implement program plan = September 21, 2010
  4. Grandfathers well/probe depth standard for existing wells at closed disposal sites
  5. Allows CIWMB to extend the implementation deadline after consulting with the LEA
3, 4, 5 Consideration of the 2005/2006 Biennial Review Findings for the Source Reduction and Recycling Element; and Consideration of Issuance of A Compliance Order for: Concurred The Board concurred in the issuance of a compliance order for the City of Firebaugh, the City of Compton, and the City of Santa Paula. Board staff brought forth its findings that these cities have failed to adequately implement their diversion programs and achieve the 50 percent diversion requirement of Public Resources Code. The Board will issue compliance orders that will require the Cities to work directly with Board staff to develop a local implementation plan (LIP). The LIP will identify a strategy for program enhancements and local actions necessary to enable the Cities to achieve the diversion requirements.
8 Organics Policy Roadmaps I and II Discussion-Committee Only The update was heard by the Strategic Policy Committee on December 9. Some of the Roadmap II projects include: compost best management practices (BMP) and benefits, bioenergy and biofuels, landfill-based anaerobic digestion pilot project, compost cover methane reduction, agricultural specifications, and Caltrans/local government workshops on Caltrans compost specifications. Additional upcoming activities include the contractor’s Final Report on Survey and Analysis of Composting Industry Best Management Practices and Market Conditions; SD 8.4 regulations review, which includes a three-part test study; anaerobic digestion programmatic EIR; completion of the life cycle assessment project; workshops on economic incentives and disincentives (non-alternative daily cover); development of the ADC Toolbox; Puente Hills Landfill closure efforts, and K12 curriculum development.
9 Discussion of California Recyclables and Commodities Markets (Panel Discussion at Committee and Board presentation Summarizing Panel Discussion) Discussion Only Comprehensive discussions were held at the Markets Committee as well as at the Board meeting to deal with the recyclables markets and global crisis. Prices for recyclables have recently dropped by as much as 80% causing storage and handling problems. The panel and other stakeholders provided many viable suggestions: more advance disposal fees, change regulations to allow more on-site storage to clarifying alternative technologies to allow local processing. In January, there will be another panel discussion on processing paper locally. Guidance was issued to LEAs on extending on-site storage of recyclables. More to follow in the upcoming months.

Modified Permits

Executive Director Delegated Action

The Board has delegated authority to the Executive Director to take action on modified solid waste facilities permits (See California Code of Regulations, Title 27, Section 21685(c). Listed below are the proposed modified permits that the Board has received from Enforcement Agencies since the agenda publication date of the Board's last regular meeting. The Executive Director will act on each proposed permit by concurring in or objecting to it no later than the Final Action Date specified below for each item. If you have relevant information that you want the Executive Director to consider for one or more of these items, please submit the information in writing to the staff listed for each item or P.O. Box 4025, Sacramento, CA 95812-4025 as early as possible.

  1. Modified Solid Waste Facilities Permit for California Street Landfill, San Bernardino County (36-AA-0017). The last date for the Executive Director to take action is December 21, 2008.

Upcoming Events

See the LEA Training Calendar and Board Events Calendar

This all LEA e-mail summarizing Board actions at this month's Board Meeting was sent on behalf of the LEA Outreach Training Support Branch of the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB), and Ted Rauh, Director, Waste Compliance and Mitigation Program.

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: December 23, 2008
LEA Correspondence,
Melissa Hoover-Hartwick: (916) 341-6813