ALARCON DUMPS EXPANSION OF BRADLEY INTO HAHN'S LAP.Byline: Kerry Cavanaugh Staff Writer
State Sen. Richard Alarcon made an 11th-hour pitch Monday to block state approval of the expansion of Bradley Landfill in Sun Valley by urging Mayor James Hahn For the Iowa politician, see .
James Kenneth "Jim" Hahn (born July 3, 1950) is an American politician from the Democratic Party. He was the Deputy City Attorney (1975-1979), City Controller (1981-1985), City Attorney (1985-2001) and Mayor of Los Angeles, California to withdraw the permit application.
Hahn and city environmental affairs officials were noncommittal about Alarcon's request, which came just two days before the state Integrated Waste Management Board is scheduled to vote on the permit.
In a letter to Hahn, the Van Nuys Democrat said he wants the city to enact tougher standards for the Bradley Landfill and to work with landfill operators on creating a $1 million fund to offset the environmental impacts of the dump on the neighborhood.
``My intent would be that the city of Los Angeles
The mayor stopped short of agreeing to pull the application in advance of Wednesday's meeting of the state board.
But Hahn shares Alarcon's concerns about Bradley, and ``joins him in urging the Waste Management Board to look closely at the radioactive waste radioactive waste, material containing the unusable radioactive byproducts of the scientific, military, and industrial applications of nuclear energy. Since its radioactivity presents a serious health hazard (see radiation sickness), disposing of such material is a and groundwater contamination before giving out the permit,'' according to according to
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Residents of the area have strongly opposed expansion of the landfill, but the city already has approved an application by Waste Management Inc. - which operates the facility - to increase its capacity, raise its height 10 feet and prolong its operating life.
Waste Management has said the proposed permit change would fix clerical errors A mistake made in a letter, paper, or document that changes its meaning, such as a typographical error or the unintentional addition or omission of a word, phrase, or figure.
A mistake of this kind is a result of an oversight. and update the permit to reflect a 1998 reconfiguration of the site approved by the city.
Alarcon repeated his concerns about radioactivity radioactivity, spontaneous disintegration or decay of the nucleus of an atom by emission of particles, usually accompanied by electromagnetic radiation. The energy produced by radioactivity has important military and industrial applications. in a separate letter to the state board, urging members to deny the Bradley Landfill permit revision, and send it back to the city for reconsideration.
Alarcon, neighbors and Assemblywoman Cindy Montanez, D-Mission Hills, have raised concerns about the permit revision and operations at Bradley.
The state waste board originally was scheduled to vote on the permit revision in January, but postponed a decision until March. The board then delayed a vote at the request of Montanez, who wanted the radioactivity issue addressed.
A recent state study detected low levels of radioactivity in the leachate leach·ate
A product or solution formed by leaching, especially a solution containing contaminants picked up through the leaching of soil. , the liquid accumulating in the bottom of the Bradley Landfill.
``The community, from what we can tell, is extremely worried about radioactive impacts,'' said Ellen Mackey of the East Valley Coalition, a community group that has opposed the permit revision. ``We don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. the impacts and we need to know.''
Waste Management officials have said the radioactivity found in the leachate occurs naturally and is not posing a risk to groundwater.
District Manager Doug Corcoran questioned whether the city could enact stricter regulations for Bradley because the dump isn't licensed now to accept radioactive materials radioactive material Radiation A substance that contains unstable–radioactive–atoms that give off radiation as they decay. See Radioactive decay. .
``There's no radioactive waste allowed in Bradley anyway - zero,'' Corcoran said.
Alarcon's letter proposes the creation of a $1 million fund - paid by Waste Management and the city - that would pay for a full-time inspector at Bradley Landfill and at Sunshine Canyon Landfill, the controversial dump in Granada Hills. The fund would also pay to create parks, plant trees and make other environmental improvements.
Corcoran said Waste Management is willing to consider paying into an environmental fund, but noted that the company already put up $100,000 to fund a community advisory committee to address the dump's impacts.
``There's 35 landfills closed and operating in Sun Valley and we're only one,'' Corcoran said. ``We are one of the businesses in the area and we're going to do our part, absolutely.''