Resolution Opposing Expansion of the Chiquita Canyon Landfill

Whereas, the Chiquita Canyon Landfill, operated for profit by Waste Connections, Inc., is located in Los Angeles County near the unincorporated town of Val Verde, a community of mostly low-income, Spanish-speaking residents; this landfill accepts the majority of its waste from distant communities in Los Angeles, Ventura and Orange Counties; the landfill operator promised the Val Verde community that the landfill would be closed when it reached its permitted capacity or in 2019, whichever occurred sooner; instead, the operator now proposes to expand the landfill by more than 50% and to triple the current daily intake rate, making it one of the largest and busiest landfills in the country; the expansion would extend the life of the landfill by 20 to 40 years; and

Whereas, the expansion will severely impact the health and well-being of individuals living, working, and attending school near the site due to increased truck traffic and inherent risks of landfill gases, landslides, and pollution to groundwater and the watershed; the landfill will be visible with no barrier between businesses and homes east of the landfill; inspections have generated numerous citations and violations of the conditional use permit for offenses including odor affecting residents, excessive and explosive gas levels, acceptance of non-permitted sludge, inadequate trash cover and control of dust, birds, and litter, late filings of required reports, and exceeding the total allowable tons of trash per day; and

Whereas, the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County have spent a decade and $430 million building a railway system to haul trash to the empty Mesquite Regional Landfill in Imperial County, but the system is sitting idle because repeated landfill expansions have increased landfill capacity;

Therefore Be It Resolved, that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party calls on the Los Angeles County Planning Commission to conduct full public hearings on the Draft Environmental Impact Report with all commissioners present and calls on both the Planning Commission and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to reject the Chiquita Canyon Landfill expansion and expedite the opening of the Mesquite Regional Landfill; and

Be It Further Resolved, a copy of this resolution will be sent to the Los Angeles County Planning Commission and to each member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

Written by Richard M. Mathews, Lynne Plambeck, and Patricia Skinner Sulpizio
Sponsored by North Valley Democratic Club and Democratic Alliance for Action

Adopted by LACDP 4/14/15

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