Cross Media Inspections: A Solid Waste Perspective

Report
Cross Media Inspections of
Solid Waste Facilities
Jerry Henderson
CDPHE Solid Waste and Material
Management Unit
Compliance Inspection vs.
Compliance Assistance
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Compliance inspections: CRS 30-20-113
gives the Department inspection authority.
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Violations trigger enforcement process
Depending on severity or recalcitrance, violations can
lead to formal compliance order or litigation
Compliance assistance site visit
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To provide you with help understanding the
regulations
To suggest steps for improved compliance
Solid Waste Inspections
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FY 2007: 174 inspections performed
Landfills, transfer stations, asbestos, tire
monofills, remediation sites, composting
Overall compliance rate – 75%
Landfills, transfer stations > 75%
Composters, impoundments +/- 50%
Cross Media Compliance Inspections
Air Pollution Control Division & Solid Waste
-Primarily Landfills to date
 Hazardous Waste & Solid Waste
-Complaint Driven
 Local Health Depts. / Code Enforcement & Solid
Waste
-Complaints & Solid Waste Facilities
 COGCC and Solid Waste: Drilling mud / fluids
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Background on Cross Media
Compliance Assistance at CDPHE
2003: CDPHE created cross media compliance
assistance workgroup
 Goals:
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Improved customer service
Improved efficiency
Engage in sector-based projects to achieve outcomes
greater than regulatory compliance:
-Auto Salvage Sector, Correctional Facilities
Cross Media Compliance Assistance
Air, Stormwater and Solid Waste (or Air & Solid
Waste)
 Onsite assistance provided to operators in
understanding and implementing the regulations
 Work in cooperative mode to identify what’s going
well, what needs improvement
 Identify and correct problems outside of
enforcement process
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Benefits to Compliance Assistance
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Efficiency
Training
Chance to self-correct deficiencies outside of
the enforcement process
More collaborative than compliance
inspection
Better prepared for compliance inspection
Challenges to Implementing the
Cross Media Approach
Coordination of inspector schedules
 Longer site visit required, more resource burden
 Reluctance to share information, requires trust
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Ideas for Overcoming Challenges
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Always announced
Point out what facility is doing well
Solution oriented
Enforcement amnesty
Approach from a partnering standpoint, 2-way
dialogue
Send out inspection checklist in advance
Increase familiarity with quarterly outreach
meetings
Future Directions for Compliance
Inspections / Assistance
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Regional multi-media compliance assistance:
Find host sites and invite other operators in
the surrounding area
Self-certification Program: Compliance
assistance prepares operators for self-audit
Sign up sheet

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