California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

LEA and Facility Operator Training

Ranked Results: 2004 Training Needs Survey

52 Responses Received
Responses tallied in order of highest priority (e.g. 2, 4, 6 = 12 where 2 is number of responses for highest priority, 4 is the number for second highest priority, 6 is the number for third highest priority and 12 is the total number of responses).

Topic Number of Votes
8-hour annual health and safety field training 24, 4, 5 = 33
Closure and Post-Closure Maintenance Plan review process 14, 7, 11 = 32
CDI Inspections-Processing/Disposal 16, 10, 5 = 31
Solid waste facility inspections with a focus on CIWMB-LEA consistency - compliance vs. violation vs. area of concern 12, 12, 5 = 29
The roles and responsibilities of the LEA and the CIWMB in the CEQA process 8, 12, 6 = 26
Writing and enforcing Notice and Orders 4, 14, 7 = 25
Dispute-resolution process 11, 6, 8 = 25
Conducting meetings or inspections under adversarial circumstances 14, 6, 4 = 24
Hearing Panel process and appeals, case studies 11, 6, 7 = 24
Reviewing and commenting on environmental documents from the responsible agency's perspective 7, 7, 10 = 24
Inspecting operator records and determining consistency of operation with RFI and other conditioning documents 3, 6, 15 = 24
Personal inspector safety field seminar 5, 11, 7 = 23
AB 1497 Public Hearing 12, 9, 2 = 23
Health risk assessment for legacy MSW sites proposed for development 13, 6, 3 = 22
Permit consistency with CEQA 8, 11, 3 = 22
Overview of the CEQA process 13, 1, 7 = 21
Preparing/maintaining Enforcement Program Plans, including annual inventory and enumeration 8, 7, 6 = 21
Landfill gas safety training field seminar 6, 7, 7 = 20
Understanding the relationship between the environmental document and the Solid Waste Facility Permit 6, 9, 5 = 20
Enforcement actions and follow-up 15, 1, 4 = 20
Investigating illegal disposal sites - enforcement case studies 10, 3, 5 = 18
Preparation of environmental documents (Negative Declarations, Environmental Impact Reports) from the lead agency's perspective 5, 9, 4 = 18
The roles of CIWMB, RWQCB, and the LEA for completeness determination and approval 8, 5, 5 = 18
Coordinating timelines and State Minimum Standards with RWQCB staff 5, 7, 6 = 18
Coordination with other agencies having jurisdiction at solid waste facilities 3, 8, 6 = 17
Illegal dumping 8, 6, 3 = 17
Investigative techniques 4, 7, 6 = 17
Reviewing Reports of Facility Information (e.g., Joint Technical Documents, Reports of Disposal Site Information, Transfer/Processing Reports) 8, 5, 4 = 17
Composting operations/facilities inspections 5, 8, 4 = 17
Evidence collection and case file preparation 2, 5, 9 = 16
Disposal site cleanup 4, 2, 10 = 16
Landfill gas extraction systems, construction, and plan review 6, 5, 5 = 16
Employee health and safety at solid waste facilities - Cal-OSHA requirements 4, 2, 10 = 16
6, 5, 5 = 16
6, 6, 3 = 15
Administrative civil penalties and fines 6, 4, 5 = 15
Landfill gas monitoring, control system design and assessment 6, 7, 1 = 14
CDI Medium Volume Public Hearings 1, 2, 11 = 14
Preparing field investigation work plans 2, 4, 8 = 14
Radiation safety field seminar 3, 4, 7 = 14
Effective communication skills during the exit interview process after an inspection 3, 5, 5 = 13
The complaint process and follow-up 1, 5, 7 = 13
Determining the horizontal and vertical extents of cover and waste at legacy MSW sites 3, 7, 3 = 13
Coordination with the RWQCB 2, 5, 5 = 12
Post closure land use, landfill subsidence 2, 8, 2 = 12
Writing permits 1, 6, 5 = 12
Waste tire inspections 8, 2, 2 = 12
Asbestos awareness field seminar 4, 7, 1 = 12
Environmental justice 2, 4, 5 = 11
Using Internet based aerial photo websites in Phase I office investigations 2, 5, 4 = 11
Landfill inspections 6, 1, 4 = 11
Confined space field seminar 1, 4, 5 = 10
Grants and grant writing 1, 4, 5 = 10
Transfer/processing operations/facility inspections 3, 5, 1 = 9
Closed facility/site inspections 3, 4, 2 = 9
Solid waste facility inspections with a focus on gaining compliance - educating/ interacting with the operator and employees 1, 4, 4 = 9
When to use a categorical exemption or addendum 1, 2, 6 = 9
Reviewing application packages for completeness/correctness 3, 3, 3 = 9
Processing/issuing tiered permits 3, 3, 3 = 9
Concise and effective report writing 2, 4, 2 = 8
Completing five-year permit review reports 1, 3, 4 = 8
Historical perspectives of the solid waste industry 3, 4, 0 = 7
Inspections and SWIS report writing 1, 6, 0 = 7
Evaluation/determination of remaining site life capacity 1, 2, 4 = 7
Using trenching, drilling and direct push equipment 2, 2, 2 = 6
Post closure land use and tracking systems for CIA sites 2, 4, 0 = 6
Designing and installing 27 CCR gas monitoring networks at legacy municipal disposal sites 4, 2, 0 = 6
Reducing inspection frequency for legacy MSW sites, AKA Site Investigations Process (SIP) 1, 3, 1 = 5
Using handheld GPS equipment in field investigations 1, 2, 2 = 5
Verification of cost estimates; coordination of financial assurances 2, 1, 2 = 5
Coordinating with Planning Departments and other agencies 1, 2, 2 = 5
Board staff's permit review process and Permitting and Enforcement Committee and Board considerations 2, 2, 1 = 5
Using continuous gas monitoring equipment for structures near landfills 1, 1, 2 = 4
Determining location of former landfills and burn sites 1, 1, 1 = 3
Conformance Findings - County Integrated Waste Management Plans 3, 0, 0 = 3
Granting Emergency Waiver of Standards (14 CCR, Art. 3, Section 17210, et seq.) 1, 1, 0 = 2
Temporary Waiver of Terms (14 CCR, Art. 3.5, Sec. 18304, et seq.) 1, 1, 0 = 2
Financial assurances/operating liability 0, 0, 0 = 0

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Last updated: September 20, 2004
LEA Training, http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/LEA/Training/
Martin Perez: Martin.Perez@calrecycle.ca.gov (916) 323-0834