Val Verde Community Advisory Committee
The Val Verde Community Advisory Committee (VVCAC) exists to serve as a liaison between the Chiquita Canyon Landfill and the local community as a means for the community to communicate with the Regional Planning Commission and other regulatory agencies on an ongoing basis regarding issues involved in the development and operation of the Chiquita Canyon Landfill.
Chiquita Canyon representatives attend the quarterly meetings of the VVCAC to provide regular, and timely updates and reports regarding landfill operations as a means to maintain an open line of communications with local leaders and residents. Meetings are open to the public and held at the Embassy Suites Hotel located at 28508 Westinghouse Place, Valencia, CA 91355.
- Monday, January 25, 2016 | 6:30 p.m.
- Monday, March 28, 2016 | 6:30 p.m.
- Monday, May 23, 2016 | 6:30 p.m.
- Monday, July 25, 2016 | 6:30 p.m.
- Monday, September 26, 2016 | 6:30 p.m.
- Monday, November 28, 2016 | 6:30 p.m.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I contact Val Verde Community Advisory Committee board members?
- You may call (877) 231-1443 and leave a message or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All messages and emails are forwarded to board members. Generally, there will be a response, if needed, within 24-48 hours. Additionally, a board member normally attends the monthly Val Verde Civic Association meeting.
When are the VVCAC meetings?
- The VVCAC publishes their meeting dates a year in advance and the information can be found online at www.valverdeCAC.org. The meetings are now generally held bi-monthly on the fourth Monday of the month.
Where do the VVCAC funds come from?
- The landfill funds the VVCAC for administrative expenses.
Do the VVCAC’s funds take away or come from the CBFC funds?
- No. The funds from the landfill for the VVCAC are separate from all other funds.
Why are there only seven Board members?
- Originally, the VVCAC had nine (9) Board Members. Unfortunately, it was near impossible to get enough seats on the Board filled by interested Val Verde residents so that the Board could conduct business. The majority of the seats on the Board are reserved for, and must be filled by, Val Verde residents. The VVCAC Bylaws were amended in 2009 to reduce the number of Board Members from nine (9) to seven (7); the Board voted unanimously to reduce the number of seats to seven (7). Four (4) of the seven (7) seats are for residents of Val Verde.
Why are there non-Val Verde residents on the VVCAC Board?
- The VVCAC was established at the direction of the County and is a requirement of the landfill’s Conditional Use Permit (CUP). The CUP specifies that the membership of the CAC be appointed by the County Board of Supervisors and that the members be qualified and attend meetings regularly. The CUP also requires that the majority of the members of the CAC be Val Verde residents. The non-Val Verde members have consistently taken an active interest in Val Verde and landfill operations and they have been a welcomed, necessary, and impartial part of the VVCAC.
Are VVCAC Board Members compensated or paid?
- No. Board Members are not paid.
Can the VVCAC funds be donated to other Val Verde groups, such as the Val Verde Civic Association?
- No. The landfill’s CUP stipulates that the funds can only be used to retain qualified independent consultants and for administrative costs. The payment to the CAC is $20,000 per year. In 2014, Chiquita Canyon’s annual payment to the Community Benefits Funding Committee (CBFC) was $343,196. The CBFC’s funds are to be used in the Community of Val Verde.
How do I report odors?
- Call the Chiquita Canyon Landfill 24 Hour Hotline at (661) 253-5155. This provides the fastest real-time response. Then contact the South Coast Air Quality Management District at (800) 288-7664 and make them aware of the situation. You may also contact the VVCAC at (877) 231-1443 to alert us to any issues.
What type of waste does Chiquita Canyon accept?
- Chiquita Canyon only accepts Class III non-hazardous solid waste for disposal. The solid waste disposed at the site consists primarily of municipal solid waste (MSW). MSW is typically residential waste (blue curbside container + containers from apartment buildings), along with wastes from business and industry.
What type of monitoring is performed at the Clean Energy Facility?
- The Clean Energy Facility at Chiquita Canyon is owned and operated by Ameresco, a national power generation company. The clean energy generated at Chiquita Canyon powers approximately 7,000 homes per year. The facility operates under its own air quality permit, issued by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency. The facility is regulated by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and is staffed and monitored 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. The facility has numerous safety controls and monitors, and is routinely maintained and checked by professionally trained personnel and numerous government agencies.
What type of air quality testing is performed at the landfill?
- Chiquita Canyon complies with the all Federal, State, and local air quality rules and regulations. Air monitoring is dictated by a number of different rules and regulations set by the Federal EPA, South Coast Air Quality Monitoring District, and Cal Recycle. Monitoring at the landfill is performed by outside consultants who specialize in the testing and reporting, as required by law.