Job Description and Duties
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The Office of Planning & Environmental Analysis (OPEA) is responsible for ensuring that the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) is in compliance with the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for projects they intend to carry-out or approve as a Lead Agency under CEQA. OPEA also serves as the DTSC clearinghouse for outside agency environmental documents sent to DTSC for review as a Responsible Agency under CEQA.
Under the general direction of the Supervising Environmental Planner, the Associate Environmental Planner (AEP) reviews technical DTSC project documents for consistency with CEQA and the CEQA Guidelines, provides technical assistance in interpreting and implementing federal and state, and local environmental laws and regulations, and participates as a DTSC representative on environmental issues. Specific duties include, but are not limited to:
CEQA Review and Application of Environmental Law
Working as an interdisciplinary team member, participates in project development and planning, assesses the environmental impacts and consequences of proposed DTSC projects, including but not limited to hazardous waste facility permits and hazardous waste cleanups, identifies environmental impacts in connection with activities planned by DTSC, identifies the need for measures or alternatives to mitigate environmental impacts, prepares, reviews and provides technical and procedural recommendations for environmental compliance project documents prepared by DTSC Programs for compliance with applicable state, federal, and local laws, regulations and policies in addition to CEQA and the accompanying Guidelines, and DTSC policies and procedures. Such documents include, but are not limited to Environmental Impact Reports, Initial Studies, and Negative Declarations and Notice of Exemptions.
Technical Assistance and Research on Environmental Issues
Assesses the existing social and natural environmental systems to evaluate DTSC project activities to plan and develop appropriate environmental documents in conjunction with local, regional, and state plans. Identifies research needs in the natural and social sciences as well as the environmental design arts (such as cultural resources, biological resources, air quality, environmental planning, etc.); performs research on an environmental subject area as part of a research team. Monitors and evaluates environmental research findings accomplished by project consultants or DTSC staff. Provides technical assistance to DTSC professional program staff and management located in Headquarters and regional offices in interpreting and making recommendations for projects in order to implement federal and state environmental laws, regulations, and guidelines that apply to project activities conducted by DTSC.
Technical Assistance on Reducing Permitting Backlog
Conducts reviews of CEQA documents for backlogged permits and ensures that CEQA documents for backlogged permits include baseline updates of facility operations, discussions of facility safeguards to prevent releases of hazardous waste into the environment, and updates safety equipment and monitoring techniques. Ensures that CEQA documents are timely and well-documented.
Participates as a DTSC representative on environmental and other issues at inter/intra departmental meetings, public or private meetings, and hearings.
Manual and Procedure Development
Assists in the development of and updates to CEQA and DTSC-related technical guidance manuals, policies, and procedures used by DTSC environmental planning, engineering and scientific, and public information staffs and management in complying with the requirements of CEQA as changes to laws or policies or procedures occur.
Develops and conducts training workshops for all DTSC programs on environmental assessment, compliance techniques, and legal responsibilities under CEQA on an as-needed basis and with coordination with other environmental regulatory agencies.
CEQA Tracking Database
Maintains databases used in conducting environmental impact assessments for tracking environmental documents reviewed and prepared by DTSC in its role as a "responsible" and "lead" agency under CEQA by entering and updating project information and project status data.
Performs administrative duties including, but not limited to: adheres to Department policies, rules, and procedures; submits administrative requests including leave, overtime, travel, and training in a timely and appropriate manner; accurately reports time in the Daily Log system and submits timesheets by the due date.
A 60 day candidate pool may be established for subsequent vacancies.
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