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Court Hears from Community on Air Quality, Odor, Greenhouse Gas and Environmental Justice Issues at Chiquita Canyon Landfill

| News | September 5, 2019

Just over two years ago, the Supervisors approved the massive expansion of Chiquita Canyon Landfill, allowing it to double in size and take in up to 60 million tons of trash over the next 30 years. They approved this expansion in spite of promising the community of Val Verde 20 years earlier that would be closed if they just dropped their lawsuit. Now two years later the California Superior Court finally held oral arguments on the plaintiffs (SCOPE, Val Verde Civic Association and Citizens for Chiquita Canyon Landfill Compliance) core issues instrumental to the health of the Val Verde community and the entire Santa Clarita Valley.

Many community members attended the hearing. Honorable Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff listened carefully to the issues from all sides, then continued the oral arguments to Friday Sept.13th at 1:30, saying he had additional questions.

If you would like to carpool down to observe this hearing, please contact exec@scope.org.

The County has not followed many of the conditions of approval that were imposed supposedly to protect this rural community from the bad air and health issues with which it has been plagued for decades. Monitoring for carcinogenic air pollutants will occur only three times a month instead of the required continuous monitoring. With recent news about 2014 violations and the potentially hazardous Woolsey fire waste being accepted at Chiquita, this is not acceptable.

You can help by writing the Board of supervisors at executiveoffice@bos.lacounty.gov and asking that the Supervisors require continuous monitoring for VOCs at Chiquita Landfill in Val Verde.

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