On September 17, 2014 the Castaic Area Town Council discussed and voted 6 to 4 to approve the agreement as it is written. Controversy has begun to form based on paragraphs; 7, 11 d, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, and 22 where in the CATC may be directly influenced by Chiquita Canyon Landfill’s ability to void the contract under numerous instances.
The agreement is also dated 9/17/2014. It was distributed to the CATC members the day of the meeting. The item was placed on the agenda briefly before the 72 hour deadline for any action items to be placed on the agenda.View the PDF of the Agreement
1997 Agreement between Chiquita Canyon Landfill (Laidlaw Waste Systems), Newhall Land and Farming Co, and Val Verde Civic Association
In 1997 there was an agreement made between the landfill, Newhall Land and Farming Co. and the residents of Val Verde via the Val Verde Civic Association to accept funds from the landfill to mitigate the landfill’s expansion. The agreement is an amendment to the current conditional use permit. In this agreement the landfill states it will stop its operations when the maximum capacity of 23 million tons is reached or November 23, 2019. Whichever occurs first. Many Val Verde residents have been told of this agreement and to expect the landfill closure on these conditions. Certain residents have this stated in their disclosures of property purchase agreements.Read the PDF of the Agreement
Current Conditional Use Permit Between the County of Los Angeles and Chiquita Canyon LandfillRead CUP for Chiquita Canyon Landfill
Chiquita Canyon and Surrounding Areas Pre-landfill
To the left is a map made in 1952 showing the Chiquita Canyon Landfill before it was used as a holding place for refuse. “The Cove” marks the current location of the landfill; above it the “Cave of the San Martins” is marked. This is the location of Bower’s Cave, a natural cave where numerous well-preserved native American artifacts were found in 1884. It was inhabited by the Tataviam. The Tataviams were a Shoshone-speaking tribe. Their language was so different than the Chumash that they were called, Alilklik, a perjorative term for a person who stammers. The range of the Alliklik can be found at the upper right hand corner of the map.
The artifacts in Bower’s Cave comprise one of the largest finds of native American artifacts. They are currently on display at The Peabody Museum at Harvard University. Bower’s Cave sits at the edge of the present-day landfill perimeter.
Draft Environmental Impact Report Project No. R2004-00559-(5)
The Draft Environmental Impact Report is a blueprint of the proposed expansion project. In it, the petitioner (Chiquita Canyon Landfill) includes reports from their engineers, and how they anticipate the project will affect the community and environment. Topics covered include include effects on: air quality, groundwater pollution, real estate value, traffic, public safety, geology, cultural heritage, etc.
Because the document is lengthy and very technical, it helps to look at the executive summary, which gives basic information such as expansion maps and summaries from their technical engineers.
Due to SEQA laws, the the agency who is being petition is required to give the public 30 days to read the DEIR and comment on their concerns regarding details of the DEIR. By law, the petitioner is required to address or mitigation each comment submitted by the public. This is a very important process to help lessen, mitigate, or prevent the Conditional Use Permit from being approved.