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EDITORIAL PLAYING EVERY ANGLE SUNSHINE CANYON OPERATORS FIGHT CITY OVER CHUMP CHANGE.

WITH all that the city of Los Angeles has done for Browning-Ferris Industries in abetting the operations of the country's largest urban dump, it doesn't seem like much to ask that the company pay its bills on time.

According to city officials, the operator of Sunshine Canyon Landfill in Granada Hills owes the city more than $800,000 for two years of oversight and inspection. BFI disputes the charges, saying it shouldn't have to pay because part of the time the dump wasn't open and operating.

Perhaps this is payback for the efforts the city has taken, meager though they may be, to divert trash from BFI while pledging to end dumping altogether in upcoming years. If so, BFI must see the writing on the wall that dumping trash is not the wave of the future, and not begrudge the city's trying to make itself a healthier place to live.

For a company that just gave $65 million to the county of Los Angeles in exchange for a very profitable merger deal, these fees are just chump change. BFI has played hardball a long time and always had its way over the public interest. The least it could do is pay its bills to the public on time.
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Article Type:Editorial
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Date:Jun 30, 2006
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