California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

LEA and Facility Operator Training

Ranked Results: 2005 Training Needs Survey

51 Responses Received (Top 75 responses listed)
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
The roles and responsibilities of the LEA and the CIWMB in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process 11, 11, 16 = 38
Conducting meetings or inspections under adversarial circumstances 21, 7, 8 = 36
Solid waste facility inspections with a focus on CIWMB-LEA consistency - compliance vs. violation vs. area of concern 18, 10, 8 = 36
Understanding the relationship between the environmental document and the solid waste facility permit 15, 13, 8 = 36
Writing and enforcing notice and orders and interacting with legal (county/city counsel, DA's etc.) 13, 12, 6 = 31
8-hour annual health and safety field training 26, 1, 4 = 31
Personal inspector safety field seminar 6, 13, 11 = 30
Landfill gas safety training field seminar 7, 15, 8 = 30
Reviewing reports of facility information (e.g., joint technical documents, reports of disposal site information, transfer/processing reports) for 1) initial review and 2) amendment and processing review 12, 11, 7 = 30
Dispute-resolution process 4, 9, 14 = 27
Effective communication skills during the exit interview process after an inspection 7, 11, 9 = 27
Regulatory requirements 17, 6, 3 = 26
Closure and post-closure maintenance plan review process 11, 7, 7 = 25
Reviewing application packages for completeness/correctness 10, 10, 4 = 24
Investigative techniques and how to involve other agencies (e.g., Code Enforcement, Fish and Game, Regional Boards, etc.) in investigation and prosecution 10, 7, 6 = 23
Health risk assessment for legacy MSW sites proposed for development 7, 7, 9 = 23
Preparing/maintaining enforcement program plans, including annual inventory and enumeration 17, 2, 3 = 22
Coordinating with planning departments and other agencies 4, 8, 10 = 22
What to look for when inspecting operator records 1, 12, 8 = 21
Enforcement actions and follow-up 9, 4, 8 = 21
Overview of the CEQA process 10, 4, 7 = 21
When to use a categorical exemption or addendum 7, 10, 4 = 21
The roles of CIWMB, RWQCB, and the LEA for completeness determination and approval 8, 6, 7 = 21
Coordination with other agencies having jurisdiction at solid waste facilities 10, 8, 3 = 21
Coordinating timelines and state minimum standards with RWQCB staff 4, 9, 8 = 21
Administrative civil penalties and fines 3, 7, 10 = 20
Post closure land use, landfill subsidence 10, 7, 3 = 20
Enforcement actions for permit violations 4, 7, 8 = 19
Landfill gas monitoring, control system design and assessment 4, 7, 8 = 19
Asbestos awareness field seminar 0, 9, 10 = 19
Employee health and safety at solid waste facilities - Cal-OSHA requirements 5, 6, 8 = 19
Permit consistency with the CEQA 5, 9, 5 = 19
Transfer/processing operations/facility inspections 8, 5, 6 = 19
CDI inspections-processing/disposal 7, 6, 6 = 19
Roles of the various agencies 6, 7, 5 = 18
Illegal dumping 5, 8, 5 = 18
Landfill gas extraction systems, construction, and plan review 8, 7, 3 = 18
Grants and grant writing 2, 6, 10 = 18
Processes involved for hearing panels and hearing officers 7, 6, 5 = 18
Disposal site cleanup 5, 7, 5 = 17
Landfill gas migration, monitoring and control clean closure 5, 3, 8 = 16
Case studies (the good, the bad and the ugly) 5, 3, 8 = 16
Composting operations/facilities inspections 3, 5, 8 = 16
Determining the horizontal and vertical extents of cover and waste at legacy MSW sites 7, 5, 3 = 15
Investigating illegal disposal sites - enforcement case studies 2, 10, 3 = 15
The solid waste facility permit process and time frames 11, 1, 3 = 15
Closed facility/site inspections 8, 2, 5 = 15
Evaluation/determination of remaining site life capacity 5, 5, 5 = 15
Post closure land use and tracking systems for CIA sites 1, 5, 8 = 14
Landfill inspections 6, 2, 6 = 14
Completing five-year permit review reports 4, 2, 7 = 13
Evidence collection and case file preparation 3, 6, 4 = 13
Radiation safety field seminar 4, 5, 4 = 13
Reducing inspection frequency for legacy MSW sites, AKA site investigations process (SIP) 7, 3, 2 = 12
Waste tire inspections 7, 3, 2 = 12
Confined space field seminar 4, 3, 4 = 11
Disclosure & deed restrictions 2, 4, 5 = 11
Using continuous gas monitoring equipment for structures near landfills 8, 1, 2 = 11
Methods to determine location of former landfills and burn sites (i.e., aerial photos found in Phase I office investigations, etc.) 4, 3, 4 = 11
Using handheld GPS equipment in field investigations 3, 3, 4 = 10
The complaint process and follow-up 1, 3, 6 = 10
The process of reviewing and preparing permit packages for Board submittal by Board staff 3, 3, 4 = 10
Coordination with the RWQCB 2, 3, 5 = 10
Subdivision of disposal sites 3, 4, 3 = 10
Writing permits 2, 4, 3 = 9
Granting emergency waiver of standards (14 CCR, Art. 3, Section 17210, et seq.) and temporary waiver of terms (14 CCR, Art. 3.5, Sec. 18304, et seq.) 0, 1, 8 = 9
AB 1497 public hearing and CDI medium volume public hearings. 3, 4, 2 = 9
Solid waste facility inspections with a focus on gaining compliance - educating/ interacting with the operator and employees 0, 8, 1 = 9
Environmental justice 3, 4, 2 = 9
Determination of waste extent 0, 6, 2 = 8
Designing and installing 27 CCR gas monitoring networks at legacy municipal disposal sites 3, 3, 2 = 8
Historical perspectives of the solid waste industry 0, 4, 4 = 8
Using trenching, drilling and direct push equipment 2, 2, 3 = 7
Preparing field investigation work plans 1, 3, 3 = 7
Processing/issuing tiered permits 0, 3, 4 = 7

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Last updated: August 4, 2004
LEA Training, http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/LEA/Training/
Martin Perez: Martin.Perez@calrecycle.ca.gov (916) 323-0834