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BACKGROUND <br /> As part of the settlement of litigation over the expansion of the Altamont Landfill, the <br /> parties to the litigation agreement (Alameda County, Waste Management of Alameda <br /> County, the cities of Livermore and Pleasanton, and various environmental groups) <br /> agreed that the County would impose a surcharge on incoming waste at the Altamont <br /> Landfill and Resource Recovery Facility and Vasco Road Landfill. Each January, the fee <br /> is reviewed in relation to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the most recent 12-month <br /> period and may be increased as appropriate. The portion of the fee that funds the <br /> Education Account is $0.34 cents per ton, which generates approximately $500,000 <br /> annually. <br /> The Altamont Settlement Agreement EAB meets approximately monthly. The EAB <br /> consists of five voting members including two members from the Northern California <br /> Recycling Association, one member from the City of Pleasanton, one member from the <br /> City of Livermore, and one member from the Alameda County Recycling Board. The <br /> Pleasanton representative Board seat is currently in the process of being filled. <br /> The EAB can propose the allocation of funds in the Education Account to support <br /> diversion education programs, job training in the field of waste diversion and recycling, <br /> and to mitigate the impacts of the Altamont Landfill on the affected neighboring <br /> community. <br /> DISCUSSION <br /> The Altamont Settlement Agreement requires the EAB to submit a proposed allocation of <br /> funds on an annual basis by April 1. In accordance with the Altamont Settlement <br /> Agreement, concurrence by the NCRA, the Cities of Pleasanton and Livermore, and <br /> Alameda County is necessary to fund any proposed allocation from the Education <br /> Account. <br /> On December 5, 2022, the EAB unanimously approved the proposed 2023/2024 <br /> Expenditure Plan (see Exhibit A of Attachment 1). The Expenditure Plan outlines a <br /> process for funding mini-grants, annual competitive grants, multi-year grants, Alameda <br /> Landowners Against Mismanagement (ALARM) mitigation grants, and Board-initiated <br /> projects, setting funding goals for each grant category. For fiscal year 2023/2024, the <br /> EAB is proposing the following schedule for disbursement of funds, totaling $650,000: <br /> • $250,000 in project grants <br /> • $125,000 in mini-grants <br /> • $160,000 in multi-year grants <br /> • $50,000 in EAB-initiated projects <br /> • $30,000 for financial management and administrative support (City of Livermore) <br /> • $30,000 for staff support <br /> $5,000 for EAB communications, website <br /> $0 for landfill mitigation projects <br /> Page 2 of 3 <br />