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Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency Regional Round Table Meetings

Spring 2006 Notes

Spring 2006 Round Tables (RT) were conducted in five venues throughout the state. The agendas for each RT may be different because the topics include issues of regional concern. LEAs from each of the venues worked with CIWMB staff to develop the RT agendas. Each RT venue has an LEA Chair, selected by the LEAs in that region. The LEA Chair also serves on the Enforcement Advisory Council (EAC) as a representative of the LEAs in that region. This collection of notes summarizes some of the dialogue occurring at the RTs and may paraphrase a number of concerns or recommendations of the LEA staff that attended. Since not all LEAs and CIWMB staff are able to attend every RT, 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 EAC, California Conference of Directors of Environmental Health (CCDEH) or the CIWMB staff recommends any program changes at the State and local level.

Highlights

Permit Implementation Proposed Regulations: CIWMB staff presented the latest proposed changes to the permit implementation regulations at the round tables. The proposed regulations include: 1) significant change defined and a modified permit process 2) report of facility information (RFI) requirements for community outreach efforts and operator record keeping 3) LEA noticing of the five-year permit review 4) public hearing requirements for new permits 5) relationship of solid waste facility permit (SWFP) to other permits including land use permits clarified 6) surprise random inspections. Most of the LEAs attending the Round Tables appreciated the changes and mentioned that the lists should be removed from the proposed regulations to allow for necessary LEA discretion.

Questions? Contact the Permitting and Inspection (P&I) staff liaison for your jurisdiction

Temporary Waiver of Terms Proposed Regulations: CIWMB staff mentioned that the Permitting and Enforcement (P&E) Committee would consider a request for direction to begin the formal rulemaking process at its June 5, 2006 meeting. The rulemaking package consists of focused changes to the regulations (formerly the P.E.P. policy) relating to the powers of the CIWMB’s Executive Director and the definition of “temporary emergency” (i.e., what qualifies as a temporary emergency). At the round tables, LEAs brought up several situations that should be included in the definition of a temporary emergency, including: waste diverted to other facilities due to homicide investigations; fires; disruptions in waste stream amounts due to labor issues. CIWMB staff mentioned that comments should be submitted during the formal comment period and suggested that at the next RFI amendment/permit revision for the facility, LEAs take these types of emergencies into account and address them at that time.

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

Avian Flu Preparations: CIWMB staff discussed the CIWMB participation at a workshop in Fresno on April 27 sponsored by the California Department of Homeland Security (CDHS) where an overview of CalEPA’s Emergency Animal Disease, Regulatory Guidance for Disposal and Decontamination was presented. CalEPA’s general plan discusses five disposal options: burial, burning, composting, landfilling, and rendering. Any disposal option or a combination of several could be used in any given emergency depending on a host of factors, including: virility of the disease, contagiousness to humans, time, type of animal, numbers of animals, etc. CIWMB continues to work with California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and CDHS on issues specific to avian influenza. LEAs asked whether dead birds were considered medical waste and if there are best management practices (BMPs) for composting dead chickens. One LEA has a demonstration project which is composting chicken daff and is looking for information regarding the “risk issue” of handling the chickens for any future public hearings. Guidance is being developed and will be sent to all LEAs as well as posted.

Questions? Contact Bob Holmes

CEQA II Issues: The EAC/round table chairs led the discussion of CEQA issues at each found table venue. The LEAs mentioned quite a few CEQA issues, including:

  • The lead and responsible agency roles need additional clarification.
  • Certification of the CEQA documents when the LEA is the lead agency also needs more clarification.
  • CIWMB comment letters have too much “boiler plate” language and CIWMB comments may be diluted and/or harder to locate.
  • More information is needed on how an LEA does “overriding considerations.”
  • One LEA mentioned that a better mechanism for “follow-up CEQA communications” between LEA and Board staff is needed.

CIWMB staff indicated that they will look into putting the “boiler plate” language in an attachment to the CEQA letters so that the site specific comments stand out more. CIWMB staff also asked LEAs to provide feedback to CIWMB if there are problems or concerns with a comment letter. The CEQA issues will be brought up at the next EAC meeting by the round table chairs for further discussion.

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

Draft Compost Materials Web Pages: The new draft compostable materials web pages on the CIWMB’s LEA Central were talked about at each venue. In general, LEAs were very pleased with the information available. One LEA said that they had some trouble finding information and maneuvering through the site. Another LEA thought it would be helpful to add a page that LEAs could use to direct the public if the public felt they had been exposed to an odor and/or had health concerns. The site is almost complete and will be published soon.

Questions? Contact Rachel Morton

Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) Draft General Waste Discharge Requirement (WDR) for Green waste Composting: CIWMB staff presented an update on the April 20 meeting between CIWMB and the Central Valley RWQCB to discuss their draft general WDR for green waste composting in the region. This potential general WDR, which would have prescribed expensive liner and monitoring requirements, would have major implications for green waste composting and AB 939 diversion efforts in the region. As a result of the meeting, CIWMB and Regional Board staff will work together, before another draft of the WDR is issued for public comment, to: 1) better define the universe of operations that would be covered; 2) develop potential performance-based language that would allow operators to meet water quality protection goals without necessarily having to install expensive impermeable surfaces; and 3) develop a process for meeting with operators and other stakeholders to explain these goals and potential changes. LEAs appreciated the update and agreed that the initially proposed prescriptive measures are not necessary and a site specific approach would better protect public health and safety and the environment.

Questions? Contact Bob Holmes

Questions or corrections on this Round Table recap can be directed to Rachel Morton.

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Last updated: December 15, 2006
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