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An aerial view of the Chiquita Canyon landfill in the Santa Clarita Valley on June 14, 2018. Photo: Stephen K. Peeples.
An aerial view of the Chiquita Canyon landfill in the Santa Clarita Valley on June 14, 2018. Photo: Stephen K. Peeples.

 

A Val Verde citizens’ group that sued the county over its decision to grant Chiquita Canyon Landfill an operating permit saw its case dismissed in court.

Lawyers representing members of the Val Verde Civic Association and local environmentalists were in Los Angeles Superior Court on Oct. 10.

The association sued county officials for having made what it says was a bad decision in granting the landfill an operating permit since their decision was based, allegedly, on an inadequate assessment of how the project would affect the environment.

At the end of the day in court, the judge denied the group’s petition for a writ of administrative mandamus — a request for the court to reverse a final decision made by an administrative agency.

The court’s decision was welcomed by landfill officials.

“We are pleased with the court’s decision to deny landfill opponents’ objections to Chiquita Canyon’s environmental approvals,” landfill spokesman John Musella said Thursday.

“The court stated that opponents have failed to provide any evidence of their speculation and claims,” he said. “The final environmental impact report was found by the court to have adequately analyzed the project.”

Civic Association members maintained in their lawsuit that the environmental impact report presented to county decision-makers on the impacts of the landfill was inadequate and failed to properly and fully disclose many impacts to the decision makers.

The biggest concern for members of the Val Verde group, based on memos sent to county supervisors voicing official opposition to the decision made regarding Chiquita’s permit, is that air monitoring for the air-quality analysis was gathered at distant monitoring stations, some even outside the Santa Clarita Valley, they alleged.

When reached for comment on the court decision, Civic Association President Jaime Briano declined.

Lynne Plambeck, president of the Santa Clarita Organization for Planning and the Environment, or SCOPE, attended the court hearing Aug. 23.

“It is always an uphill battle for a community group to challenge a huge multinational corporation,” she said at that time.

“Val Verde has had health, air quality and odor issues from that landfill for decades … Yet the health assessment, which was conditioned to be conducted within a year, has still not happened, and now the county says they will not do continuous monitoring for (volatile organic compounds) as required,” she said.

Volatile organic compounds are commonly released through the breakdown of plastics.

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  1. Susan Evans says:

    CCL received 3 air quality violations in September. And 5 violations from LEA.

    All I ever wanted was for the landfill to abide by the CUP they agreed to before this expansion was requested. I still want them to abide by the CUP, but they don’t.

    In Addition, Los Angeles County has done nothing to remove the toxic substance from the explosion in Santa Paula in 2014 that was sent to Chiquita Canyon Landfill under false documentation. Ventura County, State of California and the federal government prosecuted that Santa Paula business, won and people were given jail sentences. What they are not telling anyone is that the firemen who were first to arrive on scene have not worked since due to the toxicity of the substance that fire engine they were on has been taken out of service because of the contamination. Yet the substance remains in the landfill and seeps into the ground and ground water from each and every rain storm we have.

    And of course the development along Highway 126 will be affected by this substance leaking from the landfill into the local soil and water table and the Santa Clara River.

  2. Susan Evans says:

    FYI Jaime Briano is not the president of the Civic Association as your article states. “When reached for comment on the court decision, Civic Association President Jaime Briano declined.”

  3. Kevin James says:

    Susan Evans,
    How about you stop spreading false propaganda. You know nothing about the violations. All you read and see is violations, but don’t know anything about what they entail. If you don’t like the alleged “smells” and “environmental hazards” then you can start burring trash in your own backyard or better yet not create trash to being with. Sounds logical right?

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