California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

LEA and Facility Operator Training

2008 Training Needs Survey

The 2008 survey is now closed. Results are now available.

Purpose of the Survey

The CIWMB’s LEA & Tire Training and Support Section developed a joint survey for LEAs, operators and CIWMB staff to tell us what training topics and categories are a priority for you.

The survey is used to identify specific enforcement and compliance training needs in addition to overall training needs. The training curriculum and schedule will be adjusted to match the identified needs. Staff will continue to conduct informal training needs assessments for LEAs and tire grantees and CIWMB staff, as well as operators, throughout the year.

Survey takers were asked to select three topics from each category in which they needed training and rank them in order of importance with number 1 as the top priority. At the bottom of each category, under "Comments," they could add any comments regarding their choices as well as any other specific topics not listed.

Permitting

1.    2.    3. 

  1. The solid waste facility permit process and time frames
  2. Reviewing application packages for completeness/correctness
  3. 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. Permit consistency with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
  5. Financial assurances/operating liability
  6. Conformance findings--County Integrated Waste Management Plans
  7. AB 1497 public hearing and construction, demolition and inert debris medium volume public hearings
  8. Landfill permit application remaining capacity guidance
  9. Writing permits
  10. The process of reviewing and preparing permit packages for Board submittal by Board staff
  11. Completing five-year permit review reports
  12. Processing/issuing tiered permits
  13. 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.)

Comments:

Inspections

1.   2.   3. 

  1. Landfill inspections
  2. Transfer/processing operations/facility inspections
  3. Composting operations/facilities inspections
  4. Closed facility/site inspections
  5. Solid waste facility inspections with a focus on CIWMB-LEA consistency--compliance vs. violation vs. area of concern
  6. Solid waste facility inspections with a focus on gaining compliance--educating/ interacting with the operator and employees
  7. How to fill out an inspection report
  8. What to look for when inspecting operator records
  9. Construction, demolition and inert debris inspections--processing/disposal
  10. Landfill gas screening monitoring for compliance with the landfill gas standards at active landfills
  11. Inspector Field Training Tour
  12. Interagency Coordination

Comments:

Enforcement

1.   2.   3. 

  1. Enforcement actions and follow-up
  2. Writing and enforcing notice and orders
  3. Evidence collection and case file preparation
  4. Administrative civil penalties and fines
  5. Enforcement actions for permit violations
  6. Writing and enforcing notice and orders and interacting with legal (county/city counsel, DA's etc.)
  7. Processes involved for hearing panels and hearing officers
  8. Investigative techniques and how to involve other agencies (e.g., Code Enforcement, Fish and Game, Regional Boards, etc.) in investigation and prosecution
  9. Evidence collection and case file preparation
  10. Administrative civil penalties and fines
  11. Enforcement actions for permit violations
  12. Process involved for hearings and appeals

Comments:

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

1.   2.   3. 

  1. Overview of the CEQA process
  2. Understanding the relationship between the environmental document and the Solid Waste Facility Permit
  3. When to use a categorical exemption or addendum
  4. Coordinating with Planning Departments and other agencies
  5. The roles and responsibilities of the LEA and the CIWMB in the CEQA process

Comments:

Landfill Closure and Postclosure Maintenance

1.   2.   3. 

  1. Closure and postclosure maintenance plan review process
  2. Verification of cost estimates; coordination of financial assurances
  3. Coordination with the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB)
  4. Evaluation/determination of remaining site life capacity
  5. Postclosure land use, landfill subsidence
  6. Landfill gas monitoring, control system design and assessment
  7. The roles of CIWMB, RWQCB, and the LEA for completeness determination and approval
  8. Disposal site cleanup

Comments:

Closed, Illegal and Abandoned (CIA) Sites

1.   2.   3. 

  1. Using continuous gas monitoring equipment for structures near landfills
  2. Designing and installing 27 CCR gas monitoring networks at legacy municipal disposal sites
  3. Determining the horizontal and vertical extents of cover and waste at legacy municipal solid waste (MSW) sites
  4. Using trenching, drilling, and direct push equipment
  5. Health risk assessment for legacy MSW sites proposed for development
  6. Using handheld global positioning system (GPS) equipment in field investigations
  7. Methods to determine location of former landfills and burn sites (i.e., aerial photos found in phase I office investigations, etc.)
  8. Reducing inspection frequency for legacy MSW sites, aka site investigations process (SIP)
  9. Investigating illegal disposal sites--enforcement case studies
  10. Postclosure land use and tracking systems for CIA sites
  11. Preparing field investigation work plans

Comments:

Health and Safety

1.   2.   3. 

  1. Eight-hour annual health and safety field training
  2. Personal inspector safety field seminar
  3. Radiation safety field seminar
  4. Asbestos awareness field seminar
  5. Confined space field seminar
  6. Landfill gas safety training field seminar
  7. Employee health and safety at solid waste facilities: Cal-OSHA requirements
  8. Violence in the workplace
  9. Health and safety for landfill operations personnel
  10. H&S for transfer station personnel
  11. Bloodborne pathogen

Comments:

Solid Waste Facility Management

1.   2.   3. 

  1. Managing transfer station systems
  2. Managing composting systems
  3. Managing construction and demolition debris
  4. FEMA debris management
  5. Leachate management/leachate generation, collection and treatment at MSW landfills
  6. Groundwater issues
  7. Landfill operational issues/manager of landfill operations
  8. Principals of management in MSW systems
  9. How to avoid enforcement actions
  10. Load-checking
  11. Electronics recycling
  12. Compliance assistance
  13. Emergency event
  14. Personal protective equipment
  15. Universal and electronic waste
  16. Emergency animal disposal
  17. Management of landfill gas

Comments:

Communication

1.   2.   3. 

  1. Dispute resolution process
  2. Conducting meetings or inspections under adversarial circumstances
  3. Coordination with other agencies having jurisdiction at solid waste facilities
  4. Coordinating timelines and state minimum standards with RWQCB staff
  5. Effective communication skills during the exit interview process after an inspection
  6. Report writing
  7. Inspection skills/investigative techniques
  8. Presentation skills

Comments:

Miscellaneous

1.   2.   3. 

  1. Preparing/maintaining enforcement program plans, including annual inventory and enumeration
  2. Waste tire inspections
  3. Landfill gas extraction systems, construction, and plan review
  4. Environmental justice
  5. Historical perspectives of the solid waste industry
  6. Grants and grant writing
  7. The complaint process and follow-up
  8. Leadership skills for solid waste professionals
  9. Data management
  10. Illegal dumping

Comments:

Please select your top three training needs categories and rank them in order of importance

1.   2.   3. 

  1. Permitting
  2. Inspections
  3. Enforcement
  4. California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
  5. Landfill Closure and Postclosure Maintenance
  6. Closed, Illegal, and Abandoned (CIA) Sites
  7. Health and Safety: LEA
  8. Solid Waste Facility Management
  9. Communication
  10. Miscellaneous

Training Formats

Which formats do you prefer? (check all that apply)

Web-based training (log onto website to access on-line course)
Video tapes (videos of CIWMB classroom training and videos published on Solid Waste topics)
Self-paced book/workbook
Computer-based training (you insert dvd or cd into your computer)
One-on-one (different than workshop/lecture–trainer comes to you and works side by side on topic/problem)
Teleconferencing (small group phone calls discussing site specific training)
Classroom/lecture

Training Criteria

What criteria do you use when deciding to attend a specific training? (check all that apply)

Relevance to your job
Commutable distance
SWANA-MOLO Credits
Other: Explain 

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Comments:

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Last updated: January 21, 2009
LEA Training, http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/LEA/Training/
Martin Perez: Martin.Perez@calrecycle.ca.gov (916) 323-0834