BFI SEEKS DOUBLE-DUMP PRIVILEGES.
Byline: Beth Barrett Staff Writer
GRANADA HILLS - Operators of the Sunshine Canyon Landfill have delayed groundbreaking for the massive expansion into Granada Hills while they seek approval to dump all their trash in either the city or county portion on any given day.
The plan sparked new controversy among North San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley
Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills. community groups that unsuccessfully fought to block City Council approval of the expansion and fear the double-dumping will mean twice as much dust, debris and foul odors Odors
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bad breath; an unpleasant odor emanating from the mouth. invading in·vade
v. in·vad·ed, in·vad·ing, in·vades
1. To enter by force in order to conquer or pillage.
2. their homes and schools.
The city allowed Browning Ferris Industries of California to dump 5,500 tons of trash daily in the Granada Hills part of the dump in addition to the 6,600 tons the county allows in its portion.
But BFI BFI - brute force and ignorance wants permission to put all 12,100 tons in one place on any given day.
A little-noticed provision approved by the city would allow such a practice, but BFI needs approval from the county's Regional Planning regional planning: see city planning. Commission, which can act without the issue going to the Board of Supervisors unless there is an appeal.
``They're doing an end-run really to get started on upping their daily flow,'' said Mary Edwards, spokeswoman for North Valley Coalition, a residents' group opposing the dump.
North Valley Coalition President Wayde Hunter said BFI is trying to ``get an early leg up'' on expanding its capacity before the joint city- county landfill is approved.
``They're trying to get a jump on it by upping the county tonnage TONNAGE, mar. law. The capacity of a ship or vessel.
2. The act of congress of March 2, 1799, s. 64, 1 Story's L. U. S. 630, directs that to ascertain the tonnage of any ship or vessel, the surveyor, &c. before the city even opens,'' Hunter said.
BFI General Manager Dave Edwards
David Monroe Edwards said the company is not trying to take a shortcut (1) In Windows, a shortcut is an icon that points to a program or data file. Shortcuts can be placed on the desktop or stored in other folders, and double clicking a shortcut is the same as double clicking the original file. to increase capacity, but rather needs the county permit change to make it consistent with the city's 1999 zone change, which granted BFI a 12,100-ton daily maximum once the county and city join their operations.
``The intent by both agencies was that Sunshine would be a joint city- county landfill,'' said Edwards, who is not related to Mary Edwards.
BFI officials have mounted a media campaign, saying the county is facing a trash-disposal crisis as landfills in the county begin to close, and that Sunshine Canyon, ``tucked away in an isolated northwest canyon of the San Fernando Valley,'' is the solution for years to come, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. Thursday ads in the Daily News and another local newspaper.
BFI District Manager James Ambroso said asking for the increase of capacity at Sunshine is being done ``purely out of need.''
``The Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. area is going to be in desperate need for additional capacity as area landfills are filling up,'' Ambroso said.
Mary Edwards said residents who live within a mile of Sunshine Canyon disagree that the landfill is ``isolated,'' calling it a nuisance that shouldn't be expanded to 415 acres and 90 million tons.
County Supervisor Mike Antonovich Mike Antonovich might refer to:
``BFI is currently requesting approval through the county of Los Angeles to double the amount of garbage that can be dumped into the existing landfill,'' Antonovich said in a statement.
``As a longtime opponent of the Sunshine Canyon Landfill, I am adamantly ad·a·mant
Impervious to pleas, appeals, or reason; stubbornly unyielding. See Synonyms at inflexible.
1. A stone once believed to be impenetrable in its hardness.
2. An extremely hard substance. opposed to this expansion. The residents who live near this landfill currently face threats to their water supply and air quality. Any increase in trash dumped in this landfill will exacerbate the burden faced by these residents. This proposal should be rejected by the Board of Supervisors and the county Planning Commission Noun 1. planning commission - a commission delegated to propose plans for future activities and developments
commission, committee - a special group delegated to consider some matter; "a committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours" - Milton Berle .''
City Councilman Hal Bernson Hal Bernson served as Los Angeles City Councilman for the 12th district. He was chair of the Transportation Committee. Prior to being on the City Council, he served in the Navy.
Robert M. , who represents the residents near the dump and who has long opposed the expansion, said he will evaluate the county action and, if there any inconsistencies with what the city approved, he may seek to have the new council reconsider the 1999 zone change, or urge legal action.
``This may reopen the whole issue,'' Bernson said.
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 , who campaigned in opposition to Sunshine Canyon, saying the city should not operate landfills in urban areas, did not return calls for comment.
The proposed change to the county permit probably would not be allowed to be enacted unilaterally, and would require combining the county and city operations to take effect, said Frank Meneses, county supervising regional planner.
If such a joint agreement isn't reached, the county limit of 6,600 tons per day would continue to apply, Meneses added.
``We're trying to protect ourselves,'' Meneses said. ``If the city operation doesn't continue, then the discussion is of reverting back to what we have now (6,600-ton daily maximum). We don't want 12,100 tons (a day) going into the county only. That would defeat the board's previous mandate that the city carry its fair share.''
There is a long way to go yet, however, before the city and county agree to a joint operation, and BFI officials said they don't plan to begin operating on the city side until those details are worked out. BFI officials earlier had anticipated breaking ground within the city this month.
Both a memorandum of understanding A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is a legal document describing a bilateral or multilateral agreement between parties. It expresses a convergence of will between the parties, indicating an intended common line of action and may not imply a legal commitment. - detailing how revenues would be split, among other details - and a joint powers agreement joint powers agreement n. a contract between a city, a county, and/or a special district in which the city or county agrees to perform services, cooperate with, or lend its powers to, the special district. creating the oversight local enforcement agency need to be drafted and approved by the appropriate city, county and state agencies.
County and city officials responsible for those documents said work has barely begun on them.
North Valley Coalition spokeswoman Edwards said it is only now that residents are starting to get a picture of how BFI intends to go about getting its permits, saying many of those details were unclear when the City Council approved its zone change in December 1999.
She said that if the terms of operating a joint facility are approved by the city and county, and the joint local enforcement agency is approved by the state Integrated Waste Management Board, neighbors will have no protection from all 12,100 tons per day being dumped on the city side, near their homes.
Increased dust, garbage and other kinds of pollution are anticipated, Edwards said, particularly since the city has already approved - and the county is being asked to approve - a doubling of the open face where the garbage is handled, or up to 10 acres.
``We were afraid the 12,100 tons a day would end up on our side, but we couldn't find out,'' Edwards said. ``We kept asking, Are you going to get new permits? They never explained the procedure. But we were pretty sure they were going to stuff everything into that hole they could get into it.''
BFI's Dave Edwards said the ability to dump all the day's trash in one location and on a larger face is necessary to give the operators flexibility. He added the company will do whatever it can to be good neighbors with the community.
City officials said they could not explain why the city didn't set a stricter limit on how much trash could be dumped on the city side on any given day once the city and county operations were joined.
``That was what was sought in the land use entitlement; that was what was considered in the EIR EIR n. popular acronym for environmental impact report, required by many states as part of the application to a county or city for approval of a land development or project. (See: environmental impact report) (environmental impact report); that's the decision the council made,'' said Wayne Tsuda, director of the city's local enforcement agency program, with the Environmental Affairs Department.
Sunshine Canyon Landfill