California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

July 2009 Board Meeting Summary

Date: July 29, 2009

To: All Local Enforcement Agencies

Board Meeting: July 21, 2009
Permitting and Compliance (P&C) Committee Meeting: July 13, 2009
Strategic Policy Committee Meeting: July 14, 2009
Market Development and Sustainability Committee Meeting: July 15, 2009

July Meeting Action Summary

Agenda items are listed by agenda number below:

Actions Taken by the California Integrated Waste Management Board in July 2009 of Interest to Local Enforcement Agencies
Agenda Item Number Agenda Item Board Action Notes
1 Appeal from Sustainability, Parks, Recycling and Wildlife Legal Defense Fund (SPRAWLDEF) Challenging the Decision of the Solano County Solid Waste Independent Hearing Panel in SPRAWLDEF v. Solano County LEA, Case No. LEA-2009-001 Closed Session More information will become available at a later date.
3 Allocation of Funds for the Solid Waste Disposal and Codisposal Site Cleanup Grant Programs for Fiscal Year 2009/10 (Solid Waste Disposal Trust Fund, FY 2009/10) Approved Funding for eligible cleanup projects is provided through two grant programs to public entities as well as Board-managed cleanups using cleanup contractors. The Board approved the allocation of $1 million for the Illegal Disposal Site Cleanup Grant Program; and $1.5 million for the Local Government Partial Grant Program. The Program addresses cleanup of solid waste disposal and co-disposal sites where the responsible party either cannot be identified or is unable or unwilling to pay for a timely remediation and where cleanup is needed to protect public health and safety of the environment.
4 Adoption of a Mitigated Negative Declaration (State Clearinghouse No. 2008042111) for the Infineon Raceway Tire Removal Project, Sonoma County Approved The Board assumed the role as lead agency for the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for the Infineon Raceway Tire Removal Project located in Sonoma County. Environmental analysis with public review and comment period determined the project will cause no significant impacts because mitigation measures will be in place.
5 Requests by Pactiv Corporation, Poly-America, L.P., Republic Bag Incorporated, and Trans Western Polymers for Exemptions from the Minimum Postconsumer Content Requirements of the Plastic Trash Bag Law for the 2008 Certification Period Approved The Plastic Trash Bag Law requires plastic bag manufacturers to either meet minimum standards on postconsumer waste in production of bag or plastic products, or prove reasonable attempts to obtain postconsumer waste have been unsuccessful. The Board found that Pactiv Corporation, Poli-America, L.P., Republic Bag Incorporated and Trans Western Polymers did not meet requirements to receive exemption from the Postconsumer Content Requirements and will be listed as non-compliant manufacturers and wholesalers for the 2008 compliance period.
6 Discussion of Anaerobic Digestion Technologies for Biodegradable Organic Materials Management Panel Discussion Representatives from Humboldt County, SMUD and a private company in Southern California discussed their anaerobic digestion pilot projects. The speakers noted that anaerobic digestion is widely used in Europe, and that using anaerobic digestion could cut by 50 percent organic materials going to landfills. The speakers also explained that anaerobic digestion produces more usable clean energy than it takes to employ the process and could help achieve reduction of 2 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent by 2020.
8 Funding of Eligible Fiscal Year 2008/09 Applicants for the Household Hazardous Waste Grant Program with Fiscal Year 2009/10 Budget Appropriations (Integrated Waste Management Account, FY 2009/10); Cancellation of Solicitation for the Household Hazardous Waste Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2009/10 Approved The HHW Grant Program has traditionally been significantly oversubscribed. For FY 2008/09, the Board awarded $5 million to 18 local agencies. Due to declining revenues in the Integrated Waste Management Account (IWMA), only $1.5 million is appropriated in FY 2009/10 for HHW grants. Thus, 2009/10 grant funds were awarded to most of the remaining passing, but previously unfunded, FY 2008/09 projects. The solicitation for the FY 2009/10 HHW Grant Program is also canceled.

Grants were awarded for EPR projects, sharps or universal waste collection, and facility construction as follows: Del Norte County, $400,000 to continue current Extended Producer Responsibility efforts and develop additional retail take-back program; San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, $395,951 to develop new education and outreach on universal waste and implement pilot mercury bulb and battery take-back programs; San Mateo County, $382,290 to implement Extended Producer Responsibility efforts and make improvements to permanent HHW facility; Kings Waste and Recycling Authority, $137,694 to establish a new regional sharps collection program and expand current universal waste collection; City of Vallejo, $104,237 to establish a sharps collection program; Tuolumne and Mariposa counties, $39,914 to partner on the development of satellite collection facilities and HHW pickup services for seniors; City of Elk Grove, $39,914 to plan and design a new permanent HHW collection facility.

9 Recycling Market Development Revolving Loan Program Application for Ortigalita Power Company Approved Ortigalita, a start-up company, will receive a $1.125 million loan to finance the purchase of equipment for an almond farm in Los Banos, California (Merced County). The owners of this gasification project plan to divert approximately 3,900 tons per year of orchard trimmings, almond shells and waste wood pallets for the purpose of generating electricity for Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
10 Petition for Reconsideration of Board’s Final Decision in the Matter of Amandi/Eco-International, Petitioner Closed Session More information will become available at a later date about this e-waste recycling claim.
11 Hearing Officer’s Proposed Decision in the Matter of Electronic Recycling Center, Petitioner (Appeal of Revocation of Electronic Recycling Center as an Approved Collector and Recycler [CEWID #102163]) Closed Session More information will become available at a later date.

July Meeting Quick Notes

  • Scott Walker New Acting Chief: Scott Walker is the new acting Chief of the Cleanup, Closure & Financial Assurance Division. Scott’s knowledge of the Division’s critical program areas including those that are most active now such as determinations of landfill gas program plan compliance, will ensure we keep moving forward to find a permanent replacement for Bill Orr. Orr retired in June. Scott’s assignment will continue through the selection process until a new Division Chief joins the program.
  • SWIS DIP Update: The Board’s Solid Waste Information System Digital Inspections Program (SWIS DIP) was initiated in 2008 at the request of LEAs and the California Conference of Directors of Environmental Health. As of the beginning of July, 10 of the LEAs have completed Data Exchange Agreements and are using SWIS DIP. The jurisdictions that have signed on conduct about 30% of the total annual inspections and represent 4 of the largest agencies submitting inspection reports. SWIS DIP is being added to EnvisonConnect software used by at least 15 LEAs to manage their programs.
  • Training: The Board is preparing for its 12th Annual LEA, Tire Enforcement, and CIWMB Training and Technical Course Series. Board staff has been examining how to upgrade training opportunities for its enforcement agencies. To increase value for its training participants, the Board has applied to have its training programs incorporated into continuing education credit through the Department of Public Health for registered Environmental Health Specialists.
  • EEI Curriculum: The Environmental Education Initiative Curriculum is complete for grades Kindergarten through 12. Teacher editions and supporting materials are available for online review. State school Superintendent Jack O’Connell distributed a press release that says this curriculum will help today’s students make good environmental decisions for tomorrow.

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: July 29, 2009
LEA Correspondence, http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/LEA/Mail/
Melissa Hoover-Hartwick: Melissa.Hoover-Hartwick@calrecycle.ca.gov (916) 341-6813