The L.A. County Superior Court on July 17 sided with Los Angeles County and dismissed a portion of Chiquita Canyon LLC’s complaint, which challenged 13 conditions of the county’s conditional use permit governing how the landfill operates, Supervisor Kathryn Barger announced Friday.
The court also ordered Chiquita to pay the county $11.6 million in bridge-and-thoroughfare fees in addition to $83,746 in penalties for its failure to pay certain traffic and road mitigation fees in a timely manner.
“This is good news for the community as the court has determined that the landfill must comply with the operating conditions set forth in the CUP,” Barger said in a statement.
“Additionally, the $11.6 million in fees will be used to bolster the county’s ability to provide critical operations and maintenance for our region’s vital arteries, streets and roads,” she said.
The remaining portion of the case is set for trial June 18, 2019.
The county’s Regional Planning Commission approved the landfill’s permit in April 2017, but the project was appealed by several parties including Chiquita Canyon, sending it before the Board of Supervisors.
The previous permit was set to expire in November 2019 or when the landfill reached 23 million tons of waste. The landfill reached the waste limit in July 2016 but was given a “clean hands” waiver that allowed it to continue operating while the new permit was going through the approval process.
The new permit is set to expire in 30 years or when a new disposal limit of 60 million tons is reached – with reviews to be conducted after 10 and 20 years.