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Santa Clarita Gazette: Letter from Chiquita Canyon

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Letter From Chiquita Canyon

| News, Opinion | September 8, 2016



It has come to our attention that many of you are being contacted by a representative of Sunshine Canyon Landfill, claiming that a regulatory enforcement action at their landfill would direct an additional 3,000 tons of waste per day to Chiquita Canyon. This is a misrepresentation and there is nothing further from the truth.

As many of you may have heard, in response to odor complaints, the South Coast Air Quality Management District issued an Order of Abatement against Sunshine Canyon Landfill, the second one in the last four years. The Abatement Order may reduce waste disposal at Sunshine Canyon by as much as 3,000 tons per day.

Unfortunately, in an effort to stop the reduction in waste to Sunshine Canyon, we understand that community leaders in Val Verde, Castaic and Santa Clarita are being told by Sunshine Canyon Landfill representatives that their 3,000 tons of waste will be coming to Chiquita. The logic behind this tactic is to get you mad about this waste coming into the Santa Clarita Valley so you will support keeping the waste at Sunshine Canyon.

Chiquita Canyon wants to clarify that Sunshine Canyon’s waste cannot come to Chiquita. The simple fact is that we have no room for the 3,000 tons of waste from Sunshine. Our operating permits limit how much waste we can accept on a daily and weekly basis and we operate at or very near those limits. We have no room for Sunshine’s trash.

We hope that you understand that Chiquita Canyon is not involved in any way with the abatement actions or operations at Sunshine Canyon.  We strive to be good neighbors and to do things the right way.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or John Musella.


Mike Dean
Chiquita Canyon

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