At the Regional Planning Commission Hearing tonight, Chiquita Canyon will put the proposed project in the context of existing operations at the landfill.
“Chiquita Canyon landfill operations will actually be smaller in the future than what is currently happening today,” said Mike Dean, Division Vice President for Waste Connections. “As a result, the impacts will be less. Opponents cite our request to dispose of 12,000 tons per day of trash, however, in 2016 we had a peak day for all in-bound materials of 15,125 tons,” said Dean.
That same year, Chiquita Canyon handled more than 12,000 tons on 46 days. The EIR analyzed impacts for a peak of 13,182 tons which is smaller than Chiquita’s current operations. The peak in the proposed Conditional Use Permit is 12,000 tons per day. As such, future landfill operations will be smaller than what presently exists today.
“Basically, if you are not impacted now you won’t be in the future,” said Dean.
By comparison, Chiquita Canyon is operating at higher volumes than Sunshine Canyon, with polar opposite compliance records.
|CHIQUITA CANYON||SUNSHINE CANYON|
|NOTICES OF VIOLATION||1 (in 10+ years)||180 (in 8+ years)|
|CLASS ACTION LITIGATION||NO||YES|
|ORDERS OF ABATEMENT||NO||YES|
“Chiquita Canyon Landfill is a well-run facility as evidenced by the cleanliness of the site and its excellent compliance record,” said Neal Bolton, the nation’s leading expert in landfill operations.