California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

LEA and Facility Operator Training

Ranked Results: 2006 Training Needs Survey

31 Responses Received

Sorted into three groups: All respondents, LEAs only and Operators only

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).

All Respondents

Topic Number of Votes
Understanding the relationship between the environmental document and the solid waste facility permit 12, 9, 10 = 31
Closure and post-closure maintenance plan review process 12, 8, 4 = 24
Universal and electronic waste 8, 9, 6 = 23
The roles and responsibilities of the LEA and the CIWMB in the CEQA process 5, 9, 8 = 22
Personal inspector safety field seminar 9, 3, 9 = 21
Transfer/processing operations/facility inspections 8, 4, 8 = 20
Overview of the CEQA process 10. 5, 3, = 18
Employee health and safety at solid waste facilities: Cal-OSHA requirements 7, 7, 3 = 17
Personal protective equipment 0, 9, 7 = 16
Dispute-resolution process 5, 7, 4 = 16
Leadership skills for solid waste professionals 3, 6, 6 = 16
Conducting meetings or inspections under adversarial circumstances 7, 5, 3 = 15
Landfill inspections 5, 7, 3 = 15
Confined space field seminar 6, 8, 1 = 15
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 4, 8, 3 = 15
The roles of CIWMB, RWQCB, and the LEA for completeness determination and approval 2, 6, 7 = 15
Preparing/maintaining enforcement program plans, including annual inventory and enumeration 7, 6, 1 = 14
Compliance assistance 6, 3, 5 = 14
Health risk assessment for legacy MSW sites proposed for development 4, 8, 2 = 14
Landfill gas monitoring/control system design and assessment 2, 4, 8 = 14
Composting operations/facilities inspections 5, 3, 5 = 13
Enforcement actions and follow-up 4, 5, 4 = 13
The solid waste facility permit process and time frames 8, 3, 2 = 13
When to use a categorical exemption or addendum 4, 4, 4 = 12
Enforcement actions for permit violations 5, 3, 4 = 12
Violence in the work place 4, 6, 2 = 12
Management of landfill gas 8, 1, 2 = 11
Reviewing application packages for completeness/correctness 3, 6, 2 = 11
Designing and installing 27 CCR gas monitoring networks at legacy municipal disposal sites 3, 5, 3 = 11
Coordinating with planning departments and other agencies 1, 6, 3, 10
Administrative civil penalties and fines 3, 4, 3 = 10
Closed facility/site inspections 1, 5, 4 = 10
Methods to determine location of former landfills and burn sites (i.e., aerial photos found in phase I office investigations, etc.) 1, 5, 4 = 10
Load-checking 4, 1, 4 = 9
Disposal site cleanup 4, 2, 3 = 9
Verification of cost estimates; coordination of financial assurances 5, 3, 1 = 9
Landfill permit application remaining capacity guidance 0, 5, 4 = 9
Landfill gas extraction systems, construction, and plan review 6, 3, 0 = 9
Grants and grant writing 3, 2, 3 = 8
Radiation safety field seminar 2, 5, 1 = 8
Asbestos awareness field seminar 3, 0, 5 = 8
Investigating illegal disposal sites-enforcement case studies 3, 2, 3 = 8
Preparing field investigation work plans 3, 1, 4 = 8
Permit consistency with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) 3, 1, 4 = 8
Coordination with the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) 2, 2, 3 = 7
Evaluation/determination of remaining site life capacity 3, 3, 1 = 7
The complaint process and follow-up 3, 1, 3 = 7
Emergency event 1, 3, 3 = 7
Postclosure land use, landfill subsidence 1, 3, 4 = 7
Data management 0, 1, 5 = 6
Postclosure land use and tracking systems for CIA sites 5, 0, 1 = 6
Reducing inspection frequency for legacy MSW sites, AKA site investigations process (SIP) 1, 2, 2 = 5
Determining the horizontal and vertical extents of cover and waste at legacy municipal solid waste (MSW) sites 3, 0, 2 = 5
Writing and enforcing notice and orders 3, 2, 0 = 5
Electronics recycling 3, 2, 0 = 5
Historical perspectives of the solid waste industry 0, 4, 1 = 5
Using handheld global positioning system (GPS) equipment in field investigations 1, 2, 2 = 5
Evidence collection and case file preparation 1, 2, 2 = 5
Environmental justice 0, 2, 2 = 4
Landfill gas safety training field seminar  0, 2, 2 = 4
AB 1497 public hearing and construction, demolition and inert debris medium volume public hearings 1, 1, 2 = 4
Using trenching, drilling and direct push equipment 1, 1, 1 = 3
Using continuous gas monitoring equipment for structures near landfills 2, 1, 0 = 3
Waste tire inspections 1, 1, 1 = 3
Financial assurances/operating liability 2, 0, 0 = 2
Conformance findings-county integrated waste management plans 0, 1, 1 = 2
Emergency disposal of animal carcasses 0, 1, 0 = 1

LEAs Only

Topic Number of Votes
Inspection skills/investigative techniques 4, 4, 5 = 13
Writing and enforcing notice and orders and interacting with legal (county/city counsel, DAs, etc.) 7, 1, 3 = 11
Solid waste facility inspections with a focus on CIWMB-LEA consistency--compliance vs. violation vs. area of concern 6, 2, 2 = 10
Coordination with other agencies having jurisdiction at solid waste facilities 3, 3, 3 = 9
Coordinating state minimum standards with RWQCB staff 3, 4, 1 = 8
The process of reviewing and preparing permit packages for Board submittal 1, 4, 3 = 8
Report writing 4, 2, 1 = 7
What to look for when inspecting operator records 2, 2, 2 = 6
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.) 2, 1, 3 = 6
Inspector field training tour 0, 2, 4 = 6
8-hour annual health and safety field training 3, 0, 3 = 6
Writing permits 3, 2, 1 = 6
Administrative civil penalties and fines 0, 2, 4 = 6
Process involved for hearings and appeals 0, 2, 3 = 5
Completing five-year permit review reports 2, 0, 3 = 5
Effective communication skills during the exit interview process after an inspection 2, 2, 2 = 5
Processing/issuing tiered permits 3, 1, 1 = 5
Processes involved for hearing panels and hearing officers 0, 3, 1 = 4
Investigative techniques and how to involve other agencies (e.g., Code Enforcement, Fish and Game, Regional Boards, etc.) in investigation and prosecution 2, 1, 1 = 4
CDI inspections-processing/disposal 2, 0, 2 = 4
Landfill gas (LFG) screening/monitoring for compliance with the LFG standards at active landfills 2, 2, 0 = 4
Solid waste facility inspections with a focus on gaining compliance - educating/ interacting with the operator and employees 1, 2, 0 = 3
How to fill out an inspection report 0, 1, 0 = 1
Evidence collection and case file preparation 1, 0, 0 = 1

Operators Only

Topic Number of Votes
Managing composting systems 1, 0, 2 = 3
Health and safety for landfill operations personnel 0, 1, 2 = 3
Health and safety for transfer station personnel 0, 0, 2 = 2
Managing transfer station systems 1, 0, 1 = 2
Managing construction and demolition debris 0, 1, 0 = 1
Information on bloodborne pathogens 0, 1, 0 = 1

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Last updated: June 26, 2007
LEA Training, http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/LEA/Training/
Martin Perez: Martin.Perez@calrecycle.ca.gov (916) 323-0834