Code Section Group

Public Resources Code - PRC

DIVISION 30. WASTE MANAGEMENT [40000 - 49620]

  ( Division 30 added by Stats. 1989, Ch. 1096, Sec. 2. )

PART 4. SOLID WASTE FACILITIES [43000 - 44820]

  ( Part 4 added by Stats. 1989, Ch. 1095, Sec. 22. )

CHAPTER 4. Denial, Suspension,or Revocation of Permits [44300 - 44310]

  ( Chapter 4 repealed and added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 952, Sec. 32. )

ARTICLE 2. Suspension or Revocation [44305 - 44310]
  ( Article 2 added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 952, Sec. 32. )

44305.
  

(a) An enforcement agency may, after holding a public hearing before a hearing panel or a hearing officer appointed pursuant to Section 44308 or 44309, in accordance with the procedures set forth in Section 44310, temporarily suspend a solid waste facilities permit if the enforcement agency determines that changed conditions at the facility necessitate a permit revision or modification to eliminate a significant threat to public health and safety or to the environment.

(b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), the enforcement agency may suspend a solid waste facilities permit prior to holding a hearing if the enforcement agency determines that changed conditions at the facility necessitate a permit revision or modification to prevent or mitigate an imminent and substantial threat to the public health and safety or to the environment. However, any person aggrieved by an action by an enforcement agency to suspend a permit pursuant to this subdivision may appeal the action to a hearing panel or hearing officer appointed pursuant to Section 44308 or 44309. The hearing panel or hearing officer shall, at the request of the aggrieved party, hear the appeal within three business days of the date when the permit was suspended, or the first day thereafter requested by the aggrieved party in compliance with Chapter 9 (commencing with Section 54950) of Division 2 of Title 5 of the Government Code. The hearing panel or hearing officer shall render its decision on the day the hearing concludes. The hearing panel or hearing officer may affirm, modify, or rescind the permit suspension. A decision of a hearing panel or hearing officer appointed pursuant to Section 44308 or 44309 may be appealed pursuant to Section 45030.

(c) The enforcement agency shall lift the permit suspension as soon as the changed conditions that necessitated the suspension pursuant to subdivision (b) have been corrected.

(Amended by Stats. 2004, Ch. 448, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 2005.)

44306.
  

The enforcement agency may, after holding a hearing in accordance with the procedures set forth in Section 44310, revoke a solid waste facilities permit if the enforcement agency determines any of the following:

(a) The permit was obtained by a material misrepresentation or failure to disclose relevant factual information.

(b) The operator has, during the previous three years, been convicted of, or been issued a final order for, one or more violations of this division, regulations adopted pursuant to this division, or the terms and conditions of the permit, and the violation meets both of the following criteria:

(1) The violation demonstrates a chronic recurring pattern of noncompliance that has posed, or may pose, a significant risk to public health and safety or to the environment.

(2) The violation has not been corrected or reasonable progress toward correction has not been achieved.

(c) The operator has failed to pay in full any monetary penalty imposed pursuant to Part 5 (commencing with Section 45000) within 90 days from the date when the penalty is required to be paid and after the expiration of the time period during which the permitholder may appeal the ruling, or after the denial of the permitholder’s timely appeal up to, and including, an appeal to the superior court.

(Amended by Stats. 2008, Ch. 500, Sec. 16. Effective January 1, 2009.)

44307.
  

From the date of issuance of a permit that imposes conditions that are inappropriate, as contended by the applicant, or after the taking of any enforcement action pursuant to Part 5 (commencing with Section 45000) by the enforcement agency, the enforcement agency shall hold a hearing, if requested to do so, by the person subject to the action. The enforcement agency shall also hold a hearing upon a petition to the enforcement agency from any person requesting the enforcement agency to review an alleged failure of the agency to act as required by this part, Part 5 (commencing with Section 45000), or Part 6 (commencing with Section 45030) or a regulation adopted by the department pursuant to this part, Part 5 (commencing with Section 45000), or Part 6 (commencing with Section 45030). A hearing shall be held in accordance with the procedures specified in Section 44310.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 509, Sec. 6. Effective January 1, 2014.)

44308.
  

(a) All hearings conducted pursuant to this chapter by the enforcement agency shall be conducted by a hearing officer appointed pursuant to subdivision (d) or a hearing panel appointed pursuant to either of the following procedures:

(1) The governing body may appoint three of its members as the hearing panel.

(2) The chairperson of the governing body may appoint an independent hearing panel consisting of three members.

(b) (1) If an independent hearing panel is appointed pursuant to paragraph (2) of subdivision (a), not more than one member of the governing body shall serve on the hearing panel.

(2) Members of the independent hearing panel shall be selected for their legal, administrative, or technical abilities in areas relating to solid waste management.

(3) At least one member of the independent hearing panel shall be a technical expert with knowledge of solid waste management methods and technology.

(4) At least one member of the independent hearing panel shall be a representative of the public at large.

(5) A member of an independent hearing panel shall serve for a term of four years, and may not serve more than two consecutive terms.

(6) If a member of an independent hearing panel does not complete the member’s term, the chairperson of the governing body shall appoint a replacement to serve out the remainder of the unexpired term.

(c) Members of the hearing panel may receive per diem and necessary expenses while conducting the hearing.

(d) The governing body of an enforcement agency may appoint a hearing officer only if the governing body has adopted procedures for making that appointment and has adopted qualifications that the hearing officer is required to meet.

(Amended by Stats. 2004, Ch. 448, Sec. 6. Effective January 1, 2005.)

44309.
  

All hearings conducted by the board acting as the enforcement agency pursuant to Section 43205 shall be conducted by a hearing panel of three board members appointed by the chairperson of the board.

(Amended by Stats. 2004, Ch. 448, Sec. 7. Effective January 1, 2005.)

44310.
  

All hearings conducted pursuant to this chapter shall be based on the following procedures:

(a) (1) The hearing shall be initiated by the filing of a written request for a hearing with a statement of the issues.

(A) If the hearing request is made by the person subject to the action, the request shall be made within 15 days from the date that person is notified, in writing, of the enforcement agency’s intent to act in the manner specified.

(B) If the hearing request is made by a person alleging that the enforcement agency failed to act as required by law or regulation pursuant to Section 44307, the person shall file a request for a hearing within 30 days from the date the person discovered or reasonably should have discovered, the facts on which the allegation is based.

(2) The enforcement agency shall, within 15 days from the date of receipt of a request for a hearing, provide written notice to the person filing the request notifying the person of the date, time, and place of the hearing.

(3) If that person fails to request a hearing or to timely file a statement of issues, the enforcement agency may take the proposed action without a hearing or may, at its discretion, proceed with a hearing before taking the proposed action.

(4) The enforcement agency shall file its written response to the statement of issues filed by the person requesting the hearing with the hearing panel or the hearing officer, and provide a copy to the person requesting the hearing, not less than 15 days prior to the date of the hearing.

(b) The hearing shall be held no later than 30 days after receiving the request for a hearing on the merits of the issues presented, in accordance with the procedures specified in Article 10 (commencing with Section 11445.10) of Chapter 4.5 of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code.

(c) Within five days from the conclusion of the hearing, the hearing panel or hearing officer shall issue its decision. The decision shall become effective as provided in Section 45017.

(Amended by Stats. 2004, Ch. 448, Sec. 8. Effective January 1, 2005.)

PRCPublic Resources Code - PRC