California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

November 2008 Board Meeting Summary

Date: November 19, 2008

To: All Local Enforcement Agencies

Board Meeting: November 13, 2008
Permitting and Compliance (P&C) Committee Meeting: November 10, 2008
Strategic Policy Committee Meeting: November 10, 2008

November Meeting Action Summary

Agenda items are listed by agenda number below:

Actions Taken by the California Integrated Waste Management Board in November 2008 of Interest to Local Enforcement Agencies
Agenda Item Number Agenda Item Board Action Notes
1 Proposed Regulations on Active Disposal Site Gas Monitoring and Control Compliance Approved an Additional 15-Day Comment Period The 45-day public comment period for proposed regulatory text to amend compliance deadlines associated with existing disposal site gas monitoring and control regulations ran from September 12 through October 27, 2008 with a public hearing held on October 29, 2008.

The Board approved an additional 15-day comment period which runs from November 13-December 3.

Changes proposed for the 15-day comment period include:

  • Clarifies that: 1) closed sites do not have to comply with the prescriptive depth standard except when an existing well is modified or a new well is installed, and 2) new or modified wells or probes at a closed site can be installed under either the prescriptive depth standard or an approved alternate depth.
  • Clarifies that: the enforcement restriction is limited to those aspects of the program plans for which the CIWMB has granted an extension.
  • Requires the CIWMB to consult with the EA prior to granting an extension.
4 Consideration of Model Programs and Procedures for the Collection and Proper Disposal of Pharmaceutical Waste as Required by Public Resources Code Sections 47102 et seq. and Discussion of Management of Sharps Additional Stakeholder
Meeting to be
On December 19, 2008 there will be a Home-Generated Pharmaceutical Waste Stakeholder Meeting to discuss the model programs and procedures for collection and disposal of pharma waste. Comments received at the November Strategic Policy Development Committee, additional comments provided to Board staff by November 21, 2008, and Board staff's responses and rationale in addressing the comments will be consolidated into a matrix. A revised criteria and procedures document based on these comments, along with the matrix, will be distributed a week before the stakeholder meeting in preparation for review and discussion of the procedures at the December 19 meeting. Board staff will facilitate the meeting and determine where consensus can be reached on the comments and revised criteria and procedures, as well as identifying where consensus cannot be reached. The revised Criteria and Procedures document is to be reviewed and considered for adoption by the Board at the February 2009 CIWMB Meeting.
5 Discussion and Status of the Recycling and Waste Management Strategies Included in the Climate Change Proposed Scoping Plan Discussion Only The Recycling & Waste Management Strategies in Proposed AB 32 Scoping Plan include:
  • Landfill Methane Control (Discrete Early Action)-1 MMTCO2e
  • Increasing Efficiency of Landfill Methane Capture-TBD*
  • Commercial Recycling-up to 5 MMTCO2e*
  • Increase Production & Markets for Compost-2 MMTCO2e*
  • Anaerobic Digestion-2 MMTCO2e*
  • Extended Producer Responsibility & Environmentally Preferable Purchasing-TBD*

* Reductions from these measures are not currently counted towards the AB 32 2020 reduction goal of 174 MMTCO2e.

Key implementation issues for CIWMB staff for measures not included in 2020 reduction goal include:

  • Authority to implement measures
  • Implementation approach (Voluntary, mandatory, hybrid)
  • Financial incentives (allowances, allowance set-asides, revenue from sale of allowances, offsets, grants)
  • Regulatory Approach
  • Costs and/or cost-effectiveness
  • Research needs
  • Resources to implement
  • Administrative fee to cover PY costs

Analysis and discussion are continuing.

6 Consideration of Contractor for the Cost Study on Commercial Recycling Approved (Committee Consensus) HF&H Consultants, LLC was approved as the contractor for the Cost Study on Commercial Recycling Contract in an amount not to exceed $348,330. The study will examine the incremental costs and savings of selected business diversion programs by focusing on key material types currently disposed that have significant potential for both disposal and greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions. In conjunction, the study will develop an online commercial diversion tool to assist businesses to evaluate decisions regarding whether to reduce, recycle or dispose materials.

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: November 19, 2008
LEA Correspondence,
Melissa Hoover-Hartwick: (916) 341-6813