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Template Letter: Investigation of the Clean Hands Waiver

Below is a letter to send in to the Board of Supervisors or to copy and make your own.  Please send to the address listed for the Executive Office

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8-29-16

Supervisor Hilda Solis,

Supervisor Sheila Kuehl,

Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas,

Supervisor Don Knabe,

Supervisor Michael Antonovich,

Executive Office
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
500 W. Temple St.Los Angeles, CA 90012

 

Re: Waiver of Condition 46 of the Conditional Use Approval for Chiquita Canyon Landfill and failure to provide a closure plan

 

Honorable Supervisors:

It has come to my attention that Richard Bruckner, Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning took it upon himself, and without notifying the affected community or any other member of the public, granted the Chiquita Canyon Landfill operators a waiver of condition 46 of their 1997 expansion approval which states:

“46.  The maximum total capacity of the landfill shall be 23 million tons.  Landfill closure shall occur when this capacity is reached or by November 24, 2019, whichever occurs first.”

Without public participation or notification and with inadequate environmental review for the enormity of the impact of this change, Mr. Bruckner granted the landfill operator permission to continue adding another 6 million tons of waste to this landfill, an increase of 25% of the amount which your Board permitted in 1997 after considerable negotiations with the community of Val Verde.

Further, it appears that certain staff at the planning department were well aware that the landfill was approaching its full capacity as far back as October of 2015. But instead of requiring a closure plan, the County staff chose to work with the landfill operator to change this important central condition of the 1997 approval and made sure the community would have no knowledge of the change by not circulating the inadequate environmental document or noticing any public hearing of this matter.

I believe that Mr. Bruckner’s actions in this matter put into jeopardy the entire procedure of conditions of approval upon which communities and the public depend when participating in the County planning process and undermines the safeguards ensured by public review and the CEQA process.

We therefore ask that you 1) investigate this matter 2) hold a public hearing 3) direct the landfill operator to provide a closure plan for this facility.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

 

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