In June, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to expand the Chiquita Canyon Landfill in Santa Clarita Valley, Calif., despite opposition from activists and some residents. The ruling marked a victory for Waste Connections, which sought expansion of the landfill to extend its life beyond its projected closure by November 2019.
Now, in response to that ruling, three Santa Clarita environmental groups have filed litigation. Val Verde Community Association, Citizens for Chiquita Canyon Landfill Compliance and Santa Clarita Organization for Planning and the Environment submitted their paperwork for their lawsuit on August 24, the last day of the 30-day deadline.
The paperwork cites concerns with the landfill’s effect on air quality, climate change, health, the proximity to schools and the impact on “minority and/or low-income populations.”
The Chiquita Canyon Landfill is currently operating beyond its maximum ton capacity via a temporary waiver granted by the director of regional planning and will remain operating under that wavier until a final decision about the landfill expansion is determined.
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Three Santa Clarita environmental groups have filed litigation regarding Los Angeles County’s approval of the Chiquita Canyon Landfill expansion.
Val Verde Community Association, Citizens for Chiquita Canyon Landfill Compliance and Santa Clarita Organization for Planning and the Environment (SCOPE) put in the paperwork for their lawsuit late at night on Thursday, Aug. 24, the last day of the 30-day deadline they could have done so.
“There just isn’t any place to go after there is an approval beside the court,” SCOPE President Lynne Plambeck said to The Signal. “It has to be done.”