The Hearing Board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) will hold several public hearings to consider the issuance of an Order for Abatement addressing odors from the Sunshine Canyon Landfill in Sylmar.
As may be aware, members of the community filed a class action lawsuit against Sunshine Canyon Landfill. The AQMD is not a party to the lawsuit, however the Landfill’s counsel subpoenaed the contact information of individuals who have filed complaints with the District. The District fought the production of that information, except for the complainants who are named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit, who in theory have already disclosed their identity.
The superior court judge did not agree with the District’s arguments and ordered production of the complainant identifying information to be provided to a third party to send out an “opt-out” notice, where if the individual does not “opt-out”, the plaintiffs’ and defendants’ counsel will receive their contact information limited to use in the lawsuit.
The District filed a writ before the court of appeals to challenge the trial court’s decision, which we just found out was denied. I wanted to personally alert you to the possibility that members of the community who have complained to the District, may be receiving “opt-out” notices which requires them to affirmatively notify the third party mailer that they do not want their identifying contact information released.
Please do not hesitate to contact me directly if you have any questions or require additional information. I don’t anticipate any notices being sent until next month at the earliest.
Nicholas A. Sanchez/Senior Deputy District Counsel South Coast Air Quality Management District phone/909.396.3400 fax/909.396.2961
THIS IS NOTICE that the Executive Officer intends to approve, as set forth in the attached draft letter, a liner design report (Report) for Cell CC-3B at the Landfill that was submitted to the Regional Board on July 9, 2013. Comments on this matter must be in writing, addressed to Dr. Wen Yang, Chief of the Land Disposal Unit, and received at the Regional Board Office by the close of business on August 19, 2013.
The Report provides the design and construction infmmation of an approximate 20-acre area within the permitted footprint of the Landfill, including design review, liner and leachate collection systems, geological conditions, slope stability, and surface water management.
Wayde Hunter GHNNC Board Member / Vice Chair SCL-CAC
For those of you who have been experiencing odors from the Sunshine Canyon Landfill over this past year and who have been expressing a lot of frustration as to why it has taken so long to correct this situation, this letter is for you.
As a result of the complaints there were a series of seven hearings held in Granada Hills, Van Nuys, and Diamond Bar by the South Coast Air Quality Management District Hearing Board. After Republic/BFI made some operational changes and promised to conduct studies by their consultants as how to prevent odors in the future, the Hearing Board subsequently allowed them to continue operations using tarps instead of daily cover soil and to continue the practice of grading off dirt from the working face that had been placed over the trash on the weekend.
While the odors have lessened somewhat, due in part to some of these operational changes, the fact is that the Van Gogh School (one of the most impacted areas) was out for summer vacation, and the change in atmospherics (night drainage, prevailing winds) at this time of year was most probably the largest contributing factor to the decline.
However, we are suppose to be protected by the State, the County and the City of Los Angeles from any nuisance caused by this landfill. Because this situation has gone on far too long and because complaints continue, it is the County Task Force that has finally taken up this issue with the County Department of Public Works resulting in this letter to stop the aforementioned tarp and dirt removal practices . These two changes will result in improved odor control and potentially eliminate odors completely.