JUMBO LANDFILL COLLECTS 3 VOTES IT'S SAD FOR VALLEY, ANTONOVICH SAYS.Byline: TROY ANDERSON Staff Writer
The controversial Sunshine Canyon Landfill in Granada Hills will become one of the nation's largest dumps DUMPS
a lethal inherited disorder of Holstein cattle that causes infertility. The name is an acronym of Deficiency of Uridine MonoPhosphate S under a plan approved Tuesday by county officials that allows it to stay open for 30 more years and doubles the amount of trash it can take in daily.
The plan, narrowly passed 3-2 by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is the five member governing board of Los Angeles County, California. Members of the board of supervisors are elected by district, the current members as of April 2006 are:
The supervisors doubled the amount of trash the landfill can accept daily -- from 6,000 tons to 12,000 tons.
Landfill operator Browning Ferris Industries had sought approval to bring in trash from outside the region, but county officials rejected that request and also imposed some new restrictions on the landfill operator.
``It's a sad commentary for the citizens of Granada Hills and the 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. , but at least there is a closure date now,'' said Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich Michael Dennis Antonovich (born 1939 in Los Angeles, California) is a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors representing the Fifth District, which covers northern Los Angeles County, the Antelope, Santa Clarita, Pasadena, and parts of the San Fernando and San , who represents the Valley and had urged colleagues to reject the deal entirely.
But, he added, ``the county has more stringent regulations than the the city of Los Angeles
The supervisors had granted preliminary approval to the merger last June to allow BFI BFI - brute force and ignorance to run the side-by-side landfills -- one in the county outside city limits, the other in Granada Hills -- as a single operation.
Neighborhood activists had worried that the merger could draw tons of unwanted trash from outside the county, but that provision was not included in the final conditional-use permit.
Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky Zev Yaroslavsky (born December 21, 1948) is a Los Angeles County politician. He served on the Los Angeles City Council from 1975 until 1994, when he was elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. He was preceded in both offices by Edmund D. Edelman. , who represents the Valley and also opposed the deal, said he was disappointed that the dump couldn't be closed in 20 years.
``I'm disappointed the county did not put tougher conditions on BFI,'' Yaroslavsky said. ``We want alternative fuel for dump trucks to be a serious and credible condition. It's not. It has an escape clause.
``The loophole An omission or Ambiguity in a legal document that allows the intent of the document to be evaded.
Loopholes come into being through the passage of statutes, the enactment of regulations, the drafting of contracts or the decisions of courts. is big enough to drive a truck through. All this was designed to limit environmental damage in the Granada Hills area. But BFI was able to get a longer period of time and less protections.''
But BFI Project Director David Edwards David Edwards may refer to one of the following persons.
``We have worked through the previous proposed conditions and implemented, ... through a very rigorous process, those conditions considered to be more protective of the environment and community,'' Edwards said.
Conditions include installing a double-liner in new landfill cells and video monitors to ensure that BFI is complying with the conditions.
BFI is also required to pay for an independent consultant to monitor the company's compliance with the permit conditions.
``BFI pays for them, but we manage them,'' said Paul Novak, planning deputy for Antonovich. ``It's really just one more enforcement mechanism. We have our own staff who are watching the landfill. And we'll have this consultant out there who will file reports with us.''
City Councilman Greig Smith Greig Smith is a Los Angeles City Councilman, representing the 12th District, which includes Granada Hills, Northridge and other parts of the Western San Fernando Valley. Smith is also a reserve officer for the Los Angeles Police Department. said he was pleased that BFI won't be able to accept trash from outside the region.
And Smith said the city will issue a request for proposals next week to build L.A.'s first commercial-scale facility using technology to convert trash into products or energy.
``There are five different technologies,'' Smith said. ``We are not saying which one we'll choose yet. ... It's the future of America, and we hope to be one of the first cities out there doing it, if not the first city doing it at a major commercial-size facility.''