Several local groups filed a lawsuit challenging a decision made by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors on July 25 to accept a recent environmental report advancing a plan to expand the Chiquita Canyon Landfill on Hwy 126 adjacent to Val Verde. The Val Verde Community Association, Citizens for Chiquita Canyon Landfill Compliance and the Santa Clarita Organization for Planning and the Environment, or SCOPE, are demanding closure of the Chiquita Canyon Landfill in Val Verde.
“This landfill must be closed as promised in 1997,” a press release from the organizations said. “It is time that the nearby residents are relieved from this detrimental project immediately adjacent to their neighborhood.”
Objections by the groups are outlined in a petition arguing that the environmental document:
*Fails to adequately disclose or analyze all of the Project’s potentially significant direct, indirect, cumulative and growth-inducing impacts, including, but not limited to, impacts on air quality, climate change, biological resources and visual resources
*Fails to adequately analyze the project’s potentially significant impacts on minority and/or low income populations
*Fails to adequately describe the current landfill’s air quality impacts because it relies on data from monitoring stations that are located too far away from the landfill to be reliable indicators of the landfill’s actual emissions
*Fails to adequately analyze the efficacy of proposed mitigation measures, particularly mitigation measures intended to address the project’s air quality emissions and odor
*Fails to adequately describe and analyze the project’s predictable health impacts
*Fails to consider a reasonable range of alternatives
“The expansion will greatly increase these negative air quality impacts on their community for decades to come,” the press release states. “More than 10 schools and 13,000 students are within (a) five mile radius of this polluting project whose waste is trucked in from all over Southern California.”
The petition can be accessed at vvcivic.com.
“With the approval of this expansion, Chiquita Canyon Landfill will take in as much trash as some of the largest landfills in the United States, making the Santa Clarita Valley a dumping ground for much of the Southland’s trash,” said Lynne Plambeck, SCOPE president. “While everyone appreciates the Board’s decision to raise fees on out of area trash, the health impacts of air pollution and potential water pollution from this landfill, located immediately adjacent to the Santa Clara River, are enormous. In its approval of a motion obviously written before public testimony was even heard, the Board failed to acknowledge these serious health issues facing our community.”
For more information, visit Scope.org.