Hold Waste Connections to the "Conditions for Approval" for the Chiquita Canyon Expansion
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Please support our call on the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors’ to uphold the Chiquita Canyon Landfill’s "Conditions for Approval" before considering their Conditional Use Permit.
The Conditions for Approval help protect residents and the environment. The LA Regional Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit that includes several operational conditions: height restrictions to 65 feet; annual tonnage limits; periodic site reviews; air quality and odor monitoring; fees on out of county waste; construction of a household hazardous waste facility; and, continued composting operations. The operational conditions must be agreed upon for the 30-year expanded conditional use permit to be granted.
Waste Connections’ appeal of the Planning Commission approval shows they are only in it for the money. On April 20th, Waste Connections released a media advisory saying it was appealing the Planning Commission approval to the Board of Supervisors stating that the operational conditions and increased fees to the county make it “economically unviable.” In short, the landfill owner is only in it for the money.
Does Los Angeles County want to do business with a landfill operator unwilling to compromise? Waste Connections is asking a lot of the County of Los Angeles and the many residents who live near the Chiquita Canyon Landfill. The company is seeking to double the current daily intake to 12,000 tons per day, increasing the landfill footprint by 50%, and its elevation by over 100 feet. There is also talk of allowing household hazardous waste and sanitized human waste (sludge) to the facility. The landfill viewshed will be visible above the ridge line. Area residents and visitors will be able to see the landfill above the ridge line and the bulldozers. Why then is Waste Connections unwilling to compromise when the impacts are significant?
Chiquita Canyon Landfill is estimated to close in 2019. In 1997, the owners and operators of Chiquita Canyon Landfill entered into an agreement with our neighbors, the Val Verde Civic Association. Among the many provisions of the contract is a requirement that the landfill cease operations after reaching its total capacity of 23 million tons. If Waste Connections’ is unwilling to make concessions and compromise with Los Angeles County, then we encourage the Board of Supervisors to let the landfill close. As it’s the objective of the county to reach zero waste, then alternative solutions to the county’s waste problems can be met without using Chiquita Canyon Landfill.
No Conditions for Approval - No Expansion! We still oppose the approval of any expansion of the Chiquita Canyon Landfill; however, if you choose to allow the conditional use permit to move forward, then please hold Waste Connections to the safety and health standards recently approved by the Regional Planning Commission. The operational conditions are minimal safeguards designed to protect the neighbors and residents of the community.
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