A dozer pushes exposed trash at Chiquita Canyon Landfill. Dan Watson/ The Signal
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March 1! Remember that date; it is of great importance to our community and to the entire Santa Clarita Valley.

That is the date of the FEIR hearing, for Final Environmental Impact Review, on the Chiquita Canyon Landfill Extension. It properly should be called the FEAR hearing, as the thought of expanding the Chiquita Canyon Landfill should fill us with exactly that: FEAR.

The impact on our quality of life as we will experience it, should this extension be approved, is monumental. Do you really want trash from San Diego County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, Ventura County, Orange County and Los Angeles County to be trucked all the way north to the Chiquita Canyon Landfill?

Think for a moment about the many truck accidents that could occur almost daily. An expansion of Chiquita would double the number of trucks headed to the landfill every day, thus adding significantly to the already poor quality of air that prevails here on many days.

There is an alternative, sitting idly by, awaiting the parade, not of trucks, but of rail cars – a very efficient and far less polluting method of removing trash, out of our sight, to Mesquite, a location far from homes.

Of course, there is another solution and that would be to try for zero waste, but that is a story for another day.

There is still time to act. From 6 p.m.-9 p.m. March 1 the final FEIR hearing will be held at Ranch Pico Jr. High School, 26255 Valencia Blvd, 91381.

If you are serious about the health and quality of life in our community, make it a point to be there expressing your opinion.

If you can’t stay for the entire hearing, sign in and express your opposition.

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  • John Musella

    Sally, There is nothing to fear, but fear itself… We welcome you to come take a tour of Chiquita Canyon. Trash from your home is disposed of at Chiquita. That simple. It’s a 640-acre site where just one acre of active area is open at a time. And we power 10,000 homes each year by converting landfill gas into clean energy. We have children tour the site all the time. Let us know when you’d like to join a tour!

    • Tanya Hauser

      Powering 10,000 homes (in the Burbank area, I believe?) pales in comparison to what takes place in Sweden: “In Helsingborg (population: 132,989), one plant produces enough power to satisfy 40 per cent of the city’s heating needs. Across Sweden, power produced via WTE provides approximately 950,000 homes with heating and 260,000 with electricity.” http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/09/02/sweden-recycling_n_5738602.html

      In the meantime, here in our community trash continues to be disposed of the old fashioned way…burial. If it must be buried, the best that can be done is bury it far from people — a place like Mesquite Regional Landfill.

    • Tanya Hauser

      Children who tour a landfill experience it for a very limited amount of time, unlike children who live close by and experience the fumes that drift to their neighborhood.

      Residents and employees, especially those who work in the Valencia Commerce Center (where the landfill is expanding toward) will be affected the most. Fumes are already detected in the Commerce Center, Hasley Canyon Road/Gibraltar near the new fire station, Del Valle Road, and Chiquito Canyon Road, not to mention the residents of Val Verde who live immediately adjacent to the ridge that separates the landfill from the town.

      The idea that cancer is not an issue is not accurate. According to Chiquita Canyon Landfill’s Draft Environmental Impact Report:

      Table 11-13 – Residential Maximally Exposed Individual (MEIR) “…the incremental increase in lifetime cancer risk associated with exposure to combined construction and operations emissions at the location of the MEIR is predicted to be 9.3 in 1 million.” The SCAQMD (South Coast Air Quality Management District) Significance Threshold is 10 in 1 million. The prediction of 9.3 is only .7 from being at the threshold of significance of 10 per the SCAQMD (pp. 11-37 and 11-38).

      Another issue concerning cancer is the cumulative impact of an expansion coupled with other projects:

      11.9 Cumulative Impacts — “The cumulative impact analysis considers the combined air quality impacts of the Proposed Project with the nearby reasonably foreseeable projects…” (p.11-46)

      Table 11-18 – Residential Maximally Exposed Individual (MEIR) and Sensitive Receptor are each 15 in a million. The SCAQMD Significance Threshold is 10 in 1 million. “The proposed additional development in the area would not only increase the emissions of TACs (toxic air contaminant) generated in the area, but would also add new residential, commercial, and sensitive receptors…cumulative projects plus the Proposed Project (CCL expansion) would increase cancer risk by more than the 10 in 1 million threshold for residences, workers, and sensitive receptors near the landfill project site, indicating a significant cumulative impact.” (p. 11-50)

  • Steve

    Tanya I think that 9.3 cancer risk is being very generous. At the last hearing the landfill was asked why they did not include the traffic exhaust from the 5 into that figure. The answer was, “We did not have too.” They were asked to figure it in, so I am sure it will be so much higher.
    Do not forget if the landfill was all that honest, then why the fake flyers the night Val Verde had a vote. The flyers were from the representative from the landfill, pretending to be the Val Verde Civic Association board. It was titled, “Don’t let them take your money.” The town voted that night to say no to the money.
    I hope they do the right thing and keep the contract they have with Val Verde and close down. It would be nice if they at least kept some of the contract. They have broken it so many times now. I have the receipts for all the deadly chemicals that they took. They first denied the receipts and called them fake. But, they turned out to be real. Antonovich’s office stepped in and said they could take what ever they wanted, because they were not listed by name in the Conditional Use Permit.