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October 2009 Board Meeting Summary

Date: October 30, 2009

To: All Local Enforcement Agencies

Board Meeting: October 14, 2009
Permitting and Compliance (P&C) Committee Meeting: October 5, 2009
Strategic Policy Committee Meeting: October 6, 2009

October Meeting Action Summary

Agenda items are listed by agenda number below:

Actions Taken by the California Integrated Waste Management Board in October 2009 of Interest to Local Enforcement Agencies
Agenda Item Number Agenda Item Board Action Notes
1 Transfer/Processing Facility: Revised Full Solid Waste Facilities Permit for the South Tahoe Refuse Co., Inc. Concurred (Consent) Located in El Dorado County
2 Completion Of Compliance Order IWMA 04-01 for the Los Angeles Area Integrated Waste Management Authority, Los Angeles County Discussion The cities of Torrance, Lynwood, and Hermosa Beach, all part of the Los Angeles Area Integrated Waste Management Authority, had been under compliance orders going back as far as 1999 for failing to properly implement recycling and source reduction plans. Board investigations recently found that all three cities have now successfully implemented Board-approved plans for their areas. The Board released the communities from further monitoring and potential penalties because programs have been adequately updated. Torrance developed and implemented a pilot curbside greenwaste recycling program. Due to overwhelming success of the pilot effort, the city is currently expanding the program, doubling its size to 8,000 homes. Lynwood implemented an automated residential curbside waste, recycling, and greenwaste program in September 2003. This city also halted the practice of illegal haulers disposing more than 8,000 tons of debris into landfills. Hermosa Beach delivered more than 1,100 recycling containers to businesses and multi-family residential buildings to ensure proper source-separation of commercial content. This successful and improving program has had a dramatic effect in the city’s waste diversion efforts./td>
3 Grant Awards for the Farm And Ranch Solid Waste CleanupaAnd Abatement Grant Program (Farm and Ranch Cleanup Account, FY 2009/10) Concurred (Consent) The Board approved nearly $335,000 in grants to clean up debris illegally dumped on private lands in six areas around the state. The six agencies awarded cleanup grants include: Sutter County Resource Conservation District will receive $124,071 to clean up and reimburse land owners of six privately owned sites in Sutter County that are located on active, productive orchards; Two separate landowners in Riverside County were granted $83,935 for cleanup of illegal dumping sites on their lands in the agriculturally rich Coachella Valley; Calaveras County was granted $50,000 to remove and clean large amounts of waste that was thrown over the edge of a steep slope back in the 1950s; Western Shasta Resource Conservation District was awarded $40,687 to remove dumped waste and rehabilitate a site where more than 500 waste tires washed onto a private parcel during a flood in 1997; Colusa County Resource Conservation District was granted $21,172 to remove household waste, tires, automotive and metal debris, electronic waste, and construction debris from two longtime illegal dump sites located on active, productive orchards; Los Angeles County will receive $15,097 to clean and rehabilitate a private parcel of fallow farm/ranch property in rural Palmdale where more than 160 cubic yards of waste, including 75 car tires, was illegally disposed. The grants awarded come from the Waste Board's Farm and Ranch Solid Waste Cleanup and Abatement Grant Program, which provides up to $1 million annually in grants for the cleanup of illegal solid waste sites on farm or ranch property. The grants accelerate timely cleanup of dump sites that pose a risk to public health or the environment.
4 Consideration of the Adequacy of the Source Reduction and Recycling Element, Household Hazardous Waste Element and Nondisposal Facility Element for the Newly Incorporated City of Citrus Heights, Sacramento County Concurred (Consent) Newly incorporated cities are required to submit a Source Reduction and Recycling Element (SRRE), Household Hazardous Waste Element (HHWE), and Nondisposal Facility Element (NDFE) to the California Integrated Waste Management Board (Board) for approval within 18 months of incorporation. At the Board meeting on January 27, 1999, the formation of the Sacramento County and City of Citrus Heights Regional Agency was approved by the Board. Now, the City is not part of the Regional Agency. Therefore, this is the first time this item for the City's own planning documents is coming before the Board. Board staff has determined the City is meeting the 50% diversion mandate. With the passage of SB 1016, the 50 percent diversion requirement is now measured in terms of per-capita disposal expressed as pounds per person per day. The City has adequate programs for household hazardous waste in place, and non-disposal facilities are available.
5 Request For Direction Relative To Strategic Directive 8.3 Regulation Reviews For Alternative Daily Cover And Food/Green Waste Composting Discussion Following public workshops and input, staff collected comments on topics of Alternative Daily Cover (ADC) and Food Waste Composting. After evaluating input regarding composting, staff recommends a change in the definition of Food Material in regulation; additional research and development of Best Management Practices (BMP’s) guidance for composting green material and food material to reduce odors, vectors, litter, air emissions, and water quality impacts as well as product safety; and a link between BMP’s for composting green material and food material to permit tiers. Board staff will continue to monitor and support research, and provide training on Best Management Practices.

Recommendations on ADC include developing standardized guidance on how to evaluate the ability of ADC to control odors, vectors, litter, fire, scavenging as well as the affect on greenhouse gas emissions; developing best practices for ADC regulatory inspection methodology; continuing to monitor the life cycle assessment of organic materials in landfills; evaluating the economic impact of green material ADC on the composting industry; and continuing to monitor the Department of Toxic Substances Control’s approach to regulating treated auto shredder waste.

The Board approved these recommendations, and Board staff expects a 16-20 month timeframe to implement the above recommendations.

6 2009 Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP) Winners Approved The Waste Reduction Awards Program provides an opportunity for California businesses and nonprofit organizations to gain public recognition for their outstanding waste reduction efforts and lets the community know these businesses take waste reduction seriously. This year, 263 applications with a total of 1,444 sites were approved for WRAP awards. Winners will receive authorization to use the WRAP winner logo with their products, advertising, and business websites to publicize waste reduction efforts. Details of award winning businesses will be posted online in November.
7 Consideration of Scope of Work and Interagency Agreement for the Study of Potential Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for Tires Approved Assembly Bill 844 requires the Board in partnership with the California Energy Commission to adopt energy efficiency standards for tires for cars and light trucks, and establish minimum efficiency standards for replacement tires. The CEC is in the final stages of adopting regulation for the Fuel Efficient Tire Consumer Information Program and is starting to develop minimum efficiency standards. Minimum efficiency standards cannot interfere with safety, affordability, tire life or the state’s ability to manage scrap tires. A study will be funded to examine fuel efficiency vs. treadlife and safety. The CEC was approved as contractor to develop scope of work, testing, evaluation and final report.

October Meeting Quick Notes

  • Training: The 12th Annual Training Event concluded October 22, and thanks to our many participants and presenters, was a great success. This year, over 300 enforcement agency, local government and Board staff took part in roundtables, lectures, mock inspections and tire and solid waste tours. We look forward to continued partnership and the next Training Session in early 2011.
  • SWIS DIP: There are now 28 LEAs signed on and using SWIS DIP to submit their inspection reports. This represents more than 60 percent of all yearly inspections.

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: October 30, 2009
LEA Correspondence,
Melissa Hoover-Hartwick: (916) 341-6813