California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

LEA and Facility Operator Training

2011 Training Needs Survey

This survey is now closed. View the results.

Purpose of the Survey

CalRecycle’s LEA Training Section developed a joint survey for LEAs, tire enforcement agencies (TEA), solid waste facility operators and CalRecycle staff. This is the opportunity to tell us what training topics and categories are a priority for you.

The survey will be 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, tire grantees and CalRecycle staff, as well as operators throughout the year.

Please select three topics from each category in which you need training and rank them in order of importance with number 1 as the top priority. At the bottom of each category, under "Comments," add any comments topics you want to make regarding your choices as well as any other specific topics, not listed, in which you have an interest.

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. Financial assurances (corrective action)
  7. LEA informational meetings
  8. Writing permits
  9. The process of preparing permit packages to submit to the LEA and LEA to CalRecycle
  10. Five-year permit reviews
  11. Processing/issuing registration and standardized permits
  12. Notification process
  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.)
  14. RFI amendments
  15. Other

Comments/Other Topics:

 Inspections

1.   2.   3. 

Landfill Inspections

  1. Landfill inspections
  2. Transfer/processing operations/facility inspections
  3. CDI inspections-processing/disposal
  4. Composting operations/facilities inspections
  5. Solid waste facility inspections with a focus on gaining compliance-educating/ interacting with the operator and employees
  6. How to fill out an inspection report
  7. SWIS digital inspection program (DIP)
  8. What to look for when inspecting records
  9. Landfill gas (LFG) screening monitoring for compliance with the LFG standards at active landfills
  10. Inspector field training tour
  11. Interagency coordination for inspections
  12. Other

Comments/Other Topics:

Enforcement

1.   2.   3. 

  1. Enforcement actions and follow-up
  2. Writing notice and orders
  3. Enforcement and EPP
  4. Evidence collection and case file preparation
  5. Administrative civil process
  6. Enforcement actions for permit violations
  7. Enforcement actions for state minimum standards (SMS)
  8. Interacting with legal (county/city counsel, district attorneys, etc.)
  9. Processes involved for hearing panels and hearing officers
  10. Other

Comments/Other Topics:

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. The roles and responsibilities of the LEA and the CalRecycle in the CEQA process
  5. Coordinating with planning departments and other agencies
  6. Other

Comments/Other Topics:

Tires

1.   2.   3. 

  1. Inspections
  2. Permits
  3. Handling and storage
  4. Waste tire grant applications
  5. Other

Comments/Other Topics:

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. Post closure land use, landfill subsidence
  6. Landfill gas monitoring, control system design and assessment
  7. The roles of CalRecycle, RWQCB, and the LEA for completeness determination and approval
  8. Disposal site cleanup
  9. Other

Comments/Other Topics:

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 municipal solid waste (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
  12. Other

Comments/Other Topics:

Health and Safety

1.   2.   3. 

  1. Eight-hour annual health and safety field training
  2. Personal inspector safety field seminar
  3. Asbestos awareness field seminar
  4. Confined space field seminar
  5. Landfill gas safety training field seminar
  6. Employee health and safety at solid waste facilities: Cal/OSHA requirements
  7. Violence in the workplace for field inspection staff
  8. General health and safety/personal protective equipment
  9. Other

Comments/Other Topics:

Solid Waste Facility Management

1.   2.   3. 

  1. Managing transfer station systems
  2. Managing composting systems
  3. Managing construction and demolition debris
  4. Federal Emergency Management Ageny (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 (PPE)
  15. Universal and electronic waste
  16. Emergency animal disposal
  17. Management of landfill gas
  18. Other

Comments/Other Topics:

Communication

1.   2.   3. 

  1. Dispute resolution process
  2. Conducting meetings
  3. Effective communication skills during the exit interview process after an inspection
  4. Interview techniques
  5. Presentation skills
  6. Other

Comments/Other Topics:

Miscellaneous

1.   2.   3. 

  1. Maintaining enforcement program plans, including annual inventory and enumeration
  2. Environmental justice
  3. Historical perspectives of the solid waste industry
  4. Grants and grant writing
  5. The complaint process and follow-up
  6. Leadership skills for solid waste professionals
  7. Data management
  8. Illegal dumping
  9. Other

Comments/Other Topics:

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. Corrective action plans
  7. CIA sites
  8. Landfill gas monitoring and control plans
  9. Inspector health and safety
  10. Solid waste facility management
  11. Communication
  12. Miscellaneous
  13. Other
Training Formats

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

Self-paced book/workbook
One-on-one or small group (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/Go-To-Meeting)
Classroom/lecture

LEA Roundtables

Training Criteria

What do you need to justify attending training? (check all that apply)

Relevance to your job
Commutable distance
REHS and/or SWANA-MOLO continuing education credits
Other: Explain 

 Please answer the following questions:

1) How far may you travel/any travel restrictions?

2) When does your current REHS Certification expire?

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Last updated: January 12, 2012
LEA Training, http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/LEA/Training/
Martin Perez: Martin.Perez@calrecycle.ca.gov (916) 323-0834