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Never-ending stench

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For residents of Granada Hills, the politics surrounding Sunshine Canyon Landfill keep getting stinkier and stinkier. For years, neighbors have been powerless to stop city and county officials from making their community Los Angeles’ dumping grounds. Amid the fumes, the smells and the diesel exhaust-spewing trash trucks, their only consolation has been that someday – about 26 years from now – the dump would finally reach its full capacity and shut down. A quarter-century more of living next to a dump may not be much consolation, but it’s all they had. And now even that looks like it might not be true. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week According to Wisconsin-based landfill engineer J.W. Spear, a consultant hired by dump opponents, Sunshine may be around a lot longer than its operator, BFI, suggests. Spear says that BFI has not been properly accounting for decomposition rates and modern techniques, which means it could take far longer for the landfill to reach its 90 million-ton limit. Neighbors might have an operational landfill well beyond the 26 years they’ve come to expect. Given the political arena’s dishonesty throughout the dump’s long history, it shouldn’t be so shocking if the 26-year projection turns out to be just another lie. So when will the dump finally close? “Market conditions will dictate when the landfill will close,” BFI District Manager Greg Loughnane said cavalierly. Fortunately, major environmental groups have taken a belated stand against this urban dump and the Teamsters union has joined the fracas on behalf of its landfill workers and the community. Those developments offer hope the residents of Granada Hills will see a little sunshine sooner rather than later, despite the politicians’ broken promises.last_img

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