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Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency Regional Round Table Meetings

Winter 2005 Notes

Winter 2005 Round Tables (RT) were conducted in five venues throughout the state. The agendas for each round table may be different because the topics include issues of regional concern. LEAs from each of the venues worked with CIWMB staff to develop the round table agendas. Each round table venue has an LEA Chair, selected by the LEAs in that region. This collection of notes summarizes some of the dialogue occurring at the Round Tables and may paraphrase a number of concerns or recommendations of the local enforcement agency staff that attended. Since not all LEAs and CIWMB staff are able to attend every Round Table, this summary is being presented to make information available on some of the issues with statewide implications. Further, these summaries may help to focus all parties in efforts to determine if the Enforcement Advisory Council (EAC), California Conference of Directors of Environmental Health (CCDEH) or the CIWMB staff recommends any program changes at the State and local level.


Regulation Package A: AB 1497: Public Hearings, Defining Significant Change and More: LEAs were provided with the list of the six regulatory issues distilled from previous discussions and proposed for Regulation Package A: 1) EA Public Hearing Requirements; 2) Defining Significant Change Not Authorized by the Permit; 3) Maintaining a Record of Community Outreach Efforts; 4) Providing Notice of 5 Year Permit Reviews; 5) Clarifying the Relationship Between the SWFP and CUP and other agency permits 6) Requiring Random, Surprise Inspections. Much of the dialogue about the six regulatory concepts took place during the LEA to LEA discussion. The LEA Round Table representatives gathered input from each of the Round Table venues to be presented during the March 2005 Enforcement Advisory Council (EAC) meeting.

Coordination between Key Regulators at Solid Waste Facilities (Landfill Facility Compliance Study): The Board initiated a comprehensive landfill facility compliance study and contracted with GeoSyntec Consultants to examine the environmental performance of municipal solid waste landfills including an assessment of the effectiveness of current landfill regulations in controlling environmental impacts. Findings from the study indicated a need for greater coordination between landfill regulators. At each of the Round Tables, Joe Mello from State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) and Bobbie Garcia (CIWMB Project Manager) discussed LEAs’ current coordination efforts with Regional Water Quality Control Boards (RWQCB) and other agencies. Some LEAs indicated that little coordination exists between the LEAs and other regulatory agencies like Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and the Air Districts, while other LEAs provided a range of coordination efforts, including quarterly meetings with RWQCBs and Air Districts. In general, it was stated that RWQCB staff has varying levels of responsiveness, even within the same region. Some LEAs reported excellent working relationships with their RWQCBs, including scheduled quarterly meetings. In a few of the more rural areas, some LEAs said that there are delays in having closure plans reviewed, apparently due to RWQCB’s staffing levels. To enhance communication and coordination, it was suggested that LEAs share inspection reports and coordinate an occasional inspection with the RWQCB, and have quarterly meetings and/or invite the RWQCB staff to attend a LEA Round Table. Another improvement to coordination is the current effort by the SWRCB to make documents more accessible with electronic filing. SWRCB will have more data available on their website beginning in July 2005, when paper submittals will no longer be required. LEAs mentioned that CIWMB’s electronic submittal requirements could be standardized for enhanced availability and to ensure format consistency. LEAs also mentioned that Cal EPA could develop a better referral and tracking system for investigations or issues that involve more than one Cal EPA agency. SWRCB staff invited LEAs to contact their office if they need assistance in facilitating better coordination with the RWQCB. Recommendations for greater coordination will be presented at the LEA/CIWMB 8th Annual Conference in May.

Legislation - AB 1353: The provisions of this bill became effective January 1, 2005, making changes to the Health and Safety Code related to the handling and disposal of treated wood waste. The changes included requiring treated wood waste to be disposed of in either a Class I hazardous waste landfill or in a composite-lined portion of a solid waste landfill unit if specified in the Waste Discharge Requirements (WDRs). LEAs throughout the state mentioned that these new requirements were causing difficulties. In the rural areas, the landfills do not have composite-liners and in the urban areas the landfills with composite-liners needed to have their WDRs revised to allow for the disposal. In some agricultural areas, large amounts of wooden grape stakes were being stockpiled while WDRs were being revised. It was mentioned that in the future, it would assist enforcement efforts if mechanisms for compliance were in place prior to new requirements taking effect. LEAs have been working with the landfill operators and other agencies to assure compliance with the new requirements.

Questions? Contact the P&I staff liaison for your jurisdiction.

Training and the Conference: LEAs are very pleased with the Solid Waste Permit and CEQA training and other trainings being offered. Many LEAs said they would be attending the next LEA/CIWMB Conference (number eight!!!!) on May 11, 12, 13 in Anaheim. LEAs agreed that the conferences provide essential information and serve as an excellent opportunity to network with CIWMB and other LEAs (and have fun too).

Comments? Contact: Mindy Fox.

Revising Landfill Gas Monitoring and Control Regulations for Active and Closed Sites: Orange County LEA’s written comments on the existing state minimum standards for monitoring and controlling landfill gas were provided to all the Round Table venues. At the RTs, LEAs agreed that CIWMB staff should revise the gas monitoring and control regulations for active and closed sites. In particular, several LEAs mentioned a need to revise the requirements to track and monitor gas on adjacent parcels when sold or divided. It was also mentioned that an inspection form should be created for inspecting closed sites with occupied buildings to assist LEAs with the inspection, and the form could serve as a tool for providing information to owners/occupants. LEA Round Table representatives will take comments back to the EAC for further discussion.

Questions? Contact the P&I staff liaison for your jurisdiction.

Permitting of Government Maintenance Yards: A poll was taken at each of the Round Tables to see if LEAs had been permitting Cal Trans and other public works yards as either construction/demolition and inert (CDI) handling sites or transfer stations when the yards collect and store solid waste and CDI materials such as asphalt, street sweepings etc. LEAs agreed that government maintenance yards handling solid waste and other debris would fall under their regulatory authority. Many LEAs have required the appropriate permit or Notification. However application of the requirements is not consistently applied throughout the State. In some jurisdictions, operators who oversee Cal Trans yards are unaware of or don’t fully understand the LEA’s regulatory oversight responsibilities. To support LEAs with their enforcement efforts, it was suggested that CIWMB provide clarification on the regulation of government maintenance yards.

Questions? Contact the P&I staff liaison for your jurisdiction.

Other: A LEA at one RT venue mentioned that they issued a research permit for composting dead cattle. However, the LEA suggested that discussions between CIWMB, LEA and operators on research permits should be better defined. Site Visit: A very informative and impressive site visit to a tire and electronic waste collector was organized as part of the Northern Round Table meeting. The site operator showed how old tires are made into rubber mats on-site and how electronic waste is collected and sorted into many valuable components. All LEAs agreed that the site visit was an enlightening and indispensable experience!

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