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Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency Regional Round Table Meetings

Spring 2007 Notes

Spring 2007 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 RT 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 help focus all parties 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. This series of RTs was attended by 78 LEA staff representing 42 jurisdictions.


Permit Implementation Regulations Issues After the Effective Date: LEAs indicated that the CIWMB staff already addressed most implementation questions at previous meetings. At this series of RTs, only a few implementation issues came up as follows:

  • LEAs mentioned that the notification postings of report of facility information (RFI) amendments on the CIWMB website should be easily accessible to the public. Recently, the CIWMB has created a website to make the RFI postings more available.
  • Some LEAs requested clarification of the noticing requirements for newspaper postings, and asked whether all the criteria listed in CCR 21660.1 had to be posted in the newspaper which could be quite costly.

Waste Compliance & Mitigation staff will be following up with the LEAs. As background, these proposed regulations became effective April 13, 2007 and include: 1) Significant Change Defined and a Modified Permit Process 2) 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. There are flow charts posted on the Permit Toolbox webpage to highlight the new regulations and assist with identifying whether a change is significant and which permit tier is most appropriate. All questions on implementation should be sent to the jurisdiction’s Permit liaison staff person and they will be forwarded to the Implementation workgroup for response and posting.

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

Ralph Hunter Award Nominations: The purpose of the Ralph Hunter Award is to recognize a LEA individual who has made a major impact to the LEA/solid waste field by development of a special or new program, involvement with educational activities, involvement on committees and/or workgroups, involvement in the permitting and/or enforcement process, or any special achievement which enhances the delivery of protecting the public health and other environmental health principles through the LEA/EA program. The award was proposed by Greg Pirie of the Napa County LEA and is named to honor the late Ralph Hunter, former Director of the Napa County LEA Program. LEAs throughout the state can select nominees for the award by submitting applications (PDF | Excel) to the EAC. The EAC reviews the applications received using the criteria specified in the eligibility information and selects the award winner on an annual basis. The Chair of the EAC presents the award each year at the annual LEA/Board partnership conference. Nominations forms were handed out at the RTs and are also available on line.

Questions? Contact the RT Chair for your Round Table venue.

E-Waste Recycling Program and Record Keeping: Permitted solid waste facilities may collect and transfer covered electronic waste (CEWs) when the California source can be identified and in limited cases when the California source cannot be identified (referred to as “source anonymous”). At the RTs, LEAs were given a heads-up that some permitted solid waste facilities are collecting and transferring CEWs, improperly documented as “source-anonymous”, to approved participants in the electronic waste recycling program. These facilities may have been intentionally collecting CEWs from local residents and documenting the resulting CEWs as source-anonymous to avoid the burden of recording the names and addresses of each California source. Only CEWs that result from load check activities may be documented as source-anonymous CEWs. The intentional or inadvertent misuse of the source-anonymous identification threatens the integrity and solvency of the electronic waste recycling program by facilitating fraud. LEAs were notified that they may want to pass the word to the facilities in their jurisdictions even though the LEAs are not directly responsible for overseeing how CEWs are handled.

LEA Equipment Loan Program: Servicing of GEM 2000 Instruments: CIWMB’s astute equipment loan expert, Andy Marino, attended nearly every RT venue to explain a new pilot program within the Board’s Health and Safety (H&S) Section’s LEA Equipment Loan Program. The LEA equipment loan program currently provides calibration/maintenance service for certain brands of air and gas monitoring equipment used by LEAs. Due to a decrease in the number of LEAs requesting the calibration/maintenance service, the H&S Program has decided to expand the list of equipment serviced by the Board. A recent survey querying LEAs on instruments used out in the field found that a large percentage of LEAs now use CES Landtec instruments, including the Gem 2000 and Gem 500. Currently, CES Landtec instruments used by LEAs have not been calibrated through the Loan program or perhaps not calibrated at all. Through September 2007, the H&S Section has been implementing a pilot program with CES Landtec to service a very limited number of LEA-owned Landtecs. If this pilot program receives a favorable response, the H&S Section will work with CES Landtec to continue and expand the program into next fiscal year. Although LEAs were contacted via phone and email earlier in the year, the limited response warranted on-site staff follow up. Mr. Marino distributed a sign-up sheet to collect a list of LEAs that were interested in the pilot program. Several expressed a strong interest and LEAs in one venue expressed an interest in getting a one-day, Landtec training course offered in their area and/or throughout the state. Discussions on an additional training class are continuing.

Treated Wood Waste: Ed Nieto, DTSC (Department of Toxic Substances Control), attended most LEA RTs to discuss the new Alternative Management Standards for Treated Wood Waste (TWW) which became effective on July 1, 2007. Ed gave a brief overview of TWW, discussed types of TWW, exemptions, eligibility for Alternative Management Standards and the new requirements for labeling, storage, accumulation, disposal, treatment, shipping, tracking, training, notification and regulatory authority. With regard to authority, basically, CUPA and DTSC have authority over the generators, DTSC regulates transporters and off-site storage and LEAs/CIWMB share regulatory authority with DTSC at landfills. LEAs had many questions about their role, which landfills can accept TWW, how to recognize TWW and whether TWW can be used as alternative daily cover (ADC) (it cannot). Ed Nieto did a great job informing LEAs of the new requirements and addressing questions. Additionally, DTSC conducted TWW trainings statewide in June/July 2007.

Questions? Contact Evelia Rodriguez.

SCAQMD Rule 410: In response to the request at the previous Southern and South Western Round Table, David Jones, South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) and Bob Holmes, CIWMB, discussed the review and processing of Alternative Odor Management Plans (AOMP). SCAQMD recently adopted Rule 410 to address odor emissions from material recovery facilities (MRFs) and transfer stations. The alternative approach within the rule allows operators to submit AOMPs to the LEA rather than to the SCAQMD. The plans that have been received have been processed as report of facility information (RFI) amendments and there have been some problems meeting required time frames for review. Sometimes, a second RFI amendment must be noticed to incorporate SCAQMD’s comments. LEAs will continue to work with operators to get draft AOMP submitted for comment so that adequate time for review may occur within allowed time frames. As more AOMPs are submitted, LEAs may request additional guidance on the content of the AOMP and on the appropriate enforcement steps when an AOMP fails. Additional meetings with SCAQMD will be scheduled to address implementation issues as needed.

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


Presentation on Composting: At one Round Table venue, although no longer working for the CIWMB, Jeff Watson gave a very comprehensive and thought-provoking PowerPoint presentation on composting and some best management practices.

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

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