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October 2008 Board Meeting Summary

Date: October 22, 2008

To: All Local Enforcement Agencies

Board Meeting: October 21, 2008
Permitting and Compliance (P&C) Committee Meeting: October 14, 2008
Strategic Policy Committee Meeting: No meeting in October

October Meeting Action Summary

Agenda items are listed by agenda number below:

Actions Taken by the California Integrated Waste Management Board in October 2008 of Interest to Local Enforcement Agencies
Agenda Item Number Agenda Item Board Action Notes
1 Consideration of Revised Permit (Transfer/ Processing Facility) for City Terrace Recycling Transfer Station Concurred (Consent) Located in Los Angeles County.
2 Board Managed Cleanup under the Solid Waste Disposal and Codisposal Site Cleanup Program Approved (Committee Consensus) The Board approved the estimated $950,000 for the Board-managed cleanup of the Mission Fiber Illegal Disposal Site in Riverside Co. The site was used as an unpermitted storage/recycling facility since 2006. Local enforcement actions were effective to a degree but the responsible parties failed to completely cleanup the stockpiles of solid waste and approximately 12,000 tons of potentially very flammable waste has been abandoned at the site. According to the Riverside County Code Enforcement Department, “A fire at this facility would cause the evacuation of the City of Blythe and smoke would probably shut the Interstate 10 freeway until the fire was under control.” Cost recovery is being pursued.
3 Approval of the Scope of Work and Contractor for the Study for Assessment of Technologies and Management Practices for Minimizing Long-Term Postclosure Maintenance Costs at Landfills Approved (Consent) The Board approved California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo as the contractor and the Scope of Work for “Assessment of Technologies and Management Practices for Minimizing Long-Term Postclosure Maintenance Costs at Landfills”. Solid waste landfills managed as “dry tombs” may pose a potential environmental threat indefinitely. The objective of this study is to evaluate and recommend practical and cost effective technologies and management practices for minimizing long-term post-closure maintenance costs at California landfills. This study will focus on the full array of technologies and management practices that could minimize post-closure costs and potential corrective actions over time.
4 Discussion and Status of the Landfill Methane Capture Strategy to Reduce California Greenhouse Gases Discussion Only The Board heard an update on landfill methane capture strategy. The AB 32 Scoping Plan contains the main strategies California will use to reduce the greenhouse gases (GHG) that cause climate change. Landfill methane control was identified as an early action item. The Landfill Methane Capture Strategy includes the following components:
  • Install new methane control systems at landfills currently without systems (> 450,000 tons in place);
  • Maximize landfill methane capture efficiencies through optimizing landfill design, operation, and closure/postclosure practices, including improving emissions measurement methods; and
  • Increase recovery of landfill gas that is currently flared as a biomass renewable energy source to avoid emissions from fossil fuel energy sources.
  • Air Resources Board’s (ARB) Staff Report should be released late December 2008
  • ARB’s Board Meeting: January 2009
  • Anticipated Effective Date: Fall 2009

Upcoming Events

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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.

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Date Released: October 22, 2008
LEA Correspondence,
Melissa Hoover-Hartwick: (916) 341-6813