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April 2009 Board Meeting Summary

Date: April 30, 2009

To: All Local Enforcement Agencies

Board Meeting: April 21, 2009
Permitting and Compliance (P&C) Committee Meeting: April 13, 2009
Strategic Policy Committee Meeting: April 14, 2009

April Meeting Action Summary

Agenda items are listed by agenda number below:

Actions Taken by the California Integrated Waste Management Board in April 2009 of Interest to Local Enforcement Agencies
Agenda Item Number Agenda Item Board Action Notes
1 Presentation of the Final Report on the Waste Tire Study for the California Mexico Border Region Discussion This project was contracted with San Diego State University to study the flow of used and scrap tires to Baja California and adjacent parts in Mexico. The project started in 2006. The study looked at the size of the flow, the regulatory frameworks in both countries, and focused on environmental and economic impacts. The final report will be published and available soon.
2 Update on Long-Term Postclosure Maintenance and Correction Action Financial Assurance Activities Discussion Staff presented a status report summarizing the information and work products they completed over the past two years in dealing with financial assurances issues. The report presents a comprehensive analysis and discussion of the need for long-term financial assurances for postclosure maintenance and corrective action and the potential financial exposure to the state. The report was also intended to be a briefing for board members on the events and information leading up to the Noticing of the proposed Phase II regulations (Agenda Item #3).
3 Discussion and Request for Rulemaking Direction on Noticing Revisions to the Proposed (Phase II) Regulations on Long-Term Postclosure Maintenance, Corrective Action and Financial Assurances for an Additional Comment Period Return Next Month On February 27, 2009, the proposed Phase II regulations were noticed. The public comment period concluded on April 13, 2009, and the public hearing was held on April 16th. The proposed regulations respond in part to AB 2296, which among other things, requires the Board to conduct a study to define conditions that potentially affect solid waste landfills and study various financial assurances mechanisms that would protect the State from long-term postclosure maintenance and corrective action costs. AB 2296 further requires the Board to adopt regulations by July 1, 2009 to implement findings of this study. The Board discussed the draft regulations and the analysis presented by staff and engaged stakeholders in the discussion regarding the draft regulations. The Board discussed alternative levels of financial assurance and requested that staff return in May with information on those alternatives.
4 Discussion of Options for the Report to the Legislature in Fulfillment of Assembly Bill 2296 (Montanez, Chapter 504, Statutes of 2006) Return Next Month The Board heard options on reporting to the Legislature its findings and accomplishments in response to the requirements of AB 2296 which among other things requires the Board to develop recommendations for any needed legislative changes to the state’s approach to landfill post closure financial assurances by July 1, 2009. The Board requested that staff return in May with additional information regarding the options presented.
5 Compostable Materials Handling Facility: Revised Full Solid Waste Facilities Permit for Miramar Greenery Composting Facility Concurred (Consent) Located in San Diego County
10 Panel Discussion on the Potential for Strengthening California Recyclables and Commodities Markets by Increasing Demand for Recycled-Content Products Discussion This was the third in a series of expert panels to address issues related to the economy and the maintenance of sustainable domestic markets for recyclables. Panel participants included Wal Mart, Starbucks and Granite Construction. Participants represented market sectors where significant potential exists for growth in the use of and demand for recycled-content products. The represented companies have admirable sustainable processes and goals.

April Meeting Quick Notes

  • Federal Stimulus Package: The Executive Director reported that the Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009 has many benefits and funds for a variety of projects. If stakeholders, including cities and counties and industry have qualifying projects that manage waste more effectively and will produce energy, the project may qualify for funding from the federal Stimulus Package.
  • Retirement: The Board commended John Bell for his many contributions during his 31 years of service with the CIWMB and wished him well in his future pursuits.

Upcoming Events

See the LEA Training Calendar and Board Events Calendar

Although not currently available, CIWMB will actively work with Department of Public Health to secure Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) continuing education units (CEU) for appropriate CIWMB-sponsored training when the CEUs become available.

This all LEA email 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: April 30, 2009
LEA Correspondence,
Melissa Hoover-Hartwick: (916) 341-6813