California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

LEA and Facility Operator Training

Results: 2004 Training Needs Survey

52 Responses Received

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

Responses with at least 20 votes are highlighted

Permitting

  1. The Solid Waste Facility Permit process and time frames 5, 1 = 6
  2. Reviewing application packages for completeness/correctness 3, 3, 3 = 9
  3. Reviewing Reports of Facility Information (e.g., Joint Technical Documents, Reports of Disposal Site Information, Transfer/Processing Reports) 8, 5, 4 = 17
  4. Permit consistency with CEQA 8, 11, 3 = 22
  5. Financial assurances/operating liability 0
  6. Conformance Findings - County Integrated Waste Management Plans3 = 3
  7. Writing permits 1, 6, 5 = 12
  8. Preparing permit packages for Board submittal 1, 2, 4 = 7
  9. Board staff's permit review process and Permitting and Enforcement Committee and Board considerations 2, 2, 1 = 5
  10. RFI amendment review and processing 1, 1, 2 = 4
  11. Completing five-year permit review reports 1, 3, 4 = 8
  12. Processing/issuing tiered permits 3, 3, 3 = 9
  13. Granting Emergency Waiver of Standards (14 CCR, Art. 3, Section 17210, et seq.) 1, 1 = 2
  14. Temporary Waiver of Terms (14 CCR, Art. 3.5, Sec. 18304, et seq.) 1, 1 = 2
  15. AB 1497 Public Hearing 12, 9, 2 = 23
  16. CDI Medium Volume Public Hearings 1, 2, 11 = 14

Comments

  • I have a closed facility
  • Composting facility inspections and enforcement
  • Items I, D and H are also of equal interest. Good for staff learning to process
  • permits
  • There is not yet a level of comfort with staff in performing permit reviews that I would like to achieve for them
  • Slotting in the EA notification tier for OCM and C&D
  • Any of the above is good for me
  • Alternative technology regulations and standards

Inspections

  1. Landfill inspections 6, 1, 4 = 11
  2. Transfer/processing operations/facility inspections 3, 5, 1 = 9
  3. Composting operations/facilities inspections 5, 8, 4 = 17
  4. Closed facility/site inspections 3, 4, 2 = 9
  5. Solid waste facility inspections with a focus on CIWMB-LEA consistency - compliance vs. violation vs. area of concern 12, 12, 5 = 29
  6. Solid waste facility inspections with a focus on gaining compliance - educating/ interacting with the operator and employees 1, 4, 4 = 9
  7. Inspections and SWIS report writing 1, 6 = 7
  8. Inspecting operator records and determining consistency of operation with RFI and other conditioning documents 3, 6, 15 = 24
  9. CDI Inspections-Processing/Disposal 16, 10, 5 = 31

Comments

  • New staff requires knowledge of what look for and compare with operating/conditioning documents when performing inspections. Also require training in CDI and composting operation inspections since these are new requirements
  • Training on the new ADC standards at landfills would be good
  • H, then all of the above
  • Odor complaints protocol
  • D – old closed sites

Enforcement

  1. Enforcement actions and follow-up15, 1, 4 = 20
  2. Writing and enforcing Notice and Orders 4, 14, 7 = 25
  3. Hearing Panel process and appeals, case studies 11, 6, 7 = 24
  4. Investigative techniques 4, 7, 6 = 17
  5. Concise and effective report writing 2, 4, 2 = 8
  6. Evidence collection and case file preparation 2, 5, 9 = 16
  7. Administrative civil penalties and fines 6, 4, 5 = 15

Comments

  • Working with the RWQCB and referring cases to the State Attorney General
  • All of the above

CEQA

  1. Overview of the CEQA process 13, 1, 7 = 21
  2. Reviewing and commenting on environmental documents from the responsible agency's perspective 7, 7, 10 = 24
  3. Preparation of environmental documents (Negative Declarations, Environmental Impact Reports) from the lead agency's perspective 5, 9, 4 = 18
  4. Understanding the relationship between the environmental document and the Solid Waste Facility Permit 6, 9, 5 = 20
  5. When to use a categorical exemption or addendum 1, 2, 6 = 9
  6. Coordinating with Planning Departments and other agencies 1, 2, 2 = 5
  7. The roles and responsibilities of the LEA and the CIWMB in the CEQA process 8, 12, 6 = 26

Comments

  • Most of the staff have not had any training in CEQA process, and for those that have had training, a more in depth training would be appreciated
  • How to evaluate an old CEQA document to see if it is still appropriate for the proposed facility
  • LEA as lead agency
  • All

Landfill Closure and Post-Closure Maintenance

  1. Closure and Post-Closure Maintenance Plan review process 14, 7, 11 = 32
  2. Verification of cost estimates; coordination of financial assurances 2, 1, 2 = 5
  3. Coordination with the RWQCB 2, 5, 5 = 12
  4. Evaluation/determination of remaining site life capacity 4, 2, 1 = 7
  5. Post closure land use, landfill subsidence 2, 8, 2 = 12
  6. Landfill gas monitoring, control system design and assessment 6, 7, 1 = 14
  7. The roles of CIWMB, RWQCB, and the LEA for completeness determination and approval 8, 5, 5 = 18
  8. Disposal site cleanup 4, 2, 10 = 16

No comments

Closed, Illegal and Abandoned Sites

  1. Using continuous gas monitoring equipment for structures near landfill 2, 2 = 4
  2. Designing and installing 27 CCR gas monitoring networks at legacy municipal disposal sites 4, 2 = 6
  3. Determining the horizontal and vertical extents of cover and waste at legacy MSW sites 3, 7, 3 = 13
  4. Using trenching, drilling and direct push equipment 2, 2, 2 = 6
  5. Health risk assessment for legacy MSW sites proposed for development 13, 6, 3 = 22
  6. Using handheld GPS equipment in field investigations 1, 2, 2 = 5
  7. Using Internet based aerial photo websites in Phase I office investigations 2, 5, 4 = 11
  8. Reducing inspection frequency for legacy MSW sites, AKA Site Investigations Process (SIP) 1, 3, 1 = 5
  9. Determining location of former landfills and burn sites 1, 1, 1 = 3
  10. Investigating illegal disposal sites - enforcement case studies 10, 3, 5 = 18
  11. Post closure land use and tracking systems for CIA sites 2, 4 = 6
  12. Preparing field investigation work plans 2, 4, 8 = 14

Comments

  • Illegal dumping at CIA sites (Should dumping on dead-end roads or riverbanks become an illegal site on the SWIS inventory?)
  • Also J
  • Also very important: B, F, G, I, J. You need a whole course on these equally important ones. Focus here—not P&E
  • I also would like to have training on topic A
  • All

Health and Safety

  1. 8-hour annual health and safety field training 24, 4, 5 = 33
  2. Personal inspector safety field seminar 5, 11, 7 = 23
  3. Radiation safety field seminar 3, 4, 7 = 14
  4. Asbestos awareness field seminar 4, 7, 1 = 12
  5. Confined space field seminar 1, 4, 5 = 10
  6. Landfill gas safety training field seminar 6, 7, 7 = 20

Comments

  • Landfill gas safety training field seminar would also be in the third running
  • Affects of solid waste aerosols on solid waste workers and/or inspectors

Communication

  1. Dispute-resolution process 11, 6, 8 = 25
  2. Conducting meetings or inspections under adversarial circumstances 14, 6, 4 = 24
  3. Coordination with other agencies having jurisdiction at solid waste facilities 3, 8, 6 = 17
  4. Coordinating timelines and State Minimum Standards with RWQCB staff 5, 7, 6 = 18
  5. Effective communication skills during the exit interview process after an inspection 3, 5, 5 = 13

Comments

  • Needed for field staff
  • Preparation of EA’s to be able to effectively present a permit before the Board so that the operator’s don’t always get their way due to superior communication skills
  • CIWMB – LEA dispute resolution
  • None, not needed

Miscellaneous

  1. Preparing/maintaining Enforcement Program Plans, including annual inventory and enumeration 8, 7, 6 = 21
  2. Waste tire inspections 8, 2, 2 = 12
  3. Employee health and safety at solid waste facilities - Cal-OSHA requirements 6, 6, 3 = 15
  4. Illegal dumping 8, 6, 3 = 17
  5. Landfill gas extraction systems, construction, and plan review 6, 5, 5 = 16
  6. Environmental justice 2, 4, 5 = 11
  7. Historical perspectives of the solid waste industry 3, 4 = 7
  8. Grants and grant writing 1, 4, 5 = 10
  9. The complaint process and follow-up 1, 5, 7 = 13

Comments

  • Grant program implementation for waste tire enforcement, farm and ranch and waste tire clean-up
  • Letter I: (What type of complaint are you asking about? Is it complaints of neighbors that don’t take out the garbage to the transfer stations? Is it complaints about the solid waste facilities from neighbors? Complaints run the gamut from individual problems to landfill operations and require very different enforcement approaches)

Training Needs by General Topic

Permitting 25
Inspections 22
Enforcement 21
CEQA 20
Landfill Closure and Post-Closure Maintenance 8
Closed, Illegal, and Abandoned (CIA) Sites 17
Health and Safety - LEA 6
Communication 3
Miscellaneous 6

Preferred Training Formats

Workshop/lecture 43
Web-based training 16
Video tapes 12
Self-paced book/workbook 7
Computer-based training 15
One-on-one 12
Teleconferencing 3

Criteria Used to Select a Specific Training

Relevance to job 45
Commutable distance 31
SWANA – MOLO credit 6
Other 6

Comments

  • Other/Explain
  • Cost
  • Is the food going to be good?
  • Time scheduled or date
  • Useful technical content is good
  • My approach in choosing training is to shore up my weaknesses for duties I have been assigned; I am involved with CIA clean-ups, EPP updates and, solid waste complaints from the public for non solid waste facility issues
  • Learning experiences gained

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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