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San Diego County Landfill Plan Scrapped as Pala Tribe Purchases Part of Land

A 25-year fight over the proposed Gregory Canyon landfill in San Diego County has finally come to an end.

Waste360 Staff

November 21, 2016

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San Diego County Landfill Plan Scrapped as Pala Tribe Purchases Part of Land

A 25-year fight over the proposed Gregory Canyon landfill in San Diego County has finally come to an end. Last week, the proposed plan to build the landfill was scrapped and Pala Band of Mission Indians purchased a piece of the land for $13 million.

With this deal, the tribe has agreed to not oppose residential and commercial development on the rest of the property.

The San Diego Union-Tribune has more information:

A controversial plan to build a landfill in rural northern San Diego County has been scrapped, and a key piece of the land has been sold to a Native American tribe that opposed the project.

The deal announced Thursday puts an end to a 25-year fight over the proposed Gregory Canyon landfill that included several lawsuits and two countywide ballot measures. The city of Oceanside, environmental groups and the Pala Band of Mission Indians had all tried to block the project, but it steamed ahead until a few years ago when financing problems forced the property owner into bankruptcy.

A new owner, GCL LLC, stepped in last year and there were signs the dump might finally get off the ground. Instead, the company said Thursday it had sold roughly 700 acres of the 1,700 acre site to the Pala tribe for $13 million, effectively killing the landfill plan.

Read the full story here.

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