Stop Procrastinating Cleanup of America’s Largest Landfill

LSU-Tigers

Target: Los Angeles County Supervisors

Goal: Clean up Puente Hills Landfill, the largest in the United States, by 2013 instead of continuing to extend the project deadline.

Puente Hills Landfill, located in a Los Angeles county next to the city of Whittier, is the largest trash dump in the United States. Puente Hills Landfill was originally supposed to be shut down back in 2003, but the date was postponed till 2013. Recently, the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments petitioned for another extension so that the landfill could be closed in the fall of 2018 instead. Nearby city and town inhabitants are furious with this new proposal and they want the landfill closed down by next fall.

The Council of Governments petitioned to the surrounding five county supervisors for the five year extension and although nothing has been decided, people fear that the landfill will end up never closing at all. The Council of Governments claim that if the landfill remains open, there will be less trash rates for homeowners and everyone will save money. The council is also stating that if the landfill closes, the county will lose $60 million dollars–a number that is in no way supported by facts. However, homeowners do not want the landfill to remain open because living next to the landfill has been troublesome and hard for many.

Inhabitants from Hacienda Heights community, located right next to the landfill, have expressed their concerns over the new proposal. The supervisor of Hacienda Heights, Don Knabe expressed his opinions in a letter quoted by the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. He wrote: “It is incomprehensible to me that we would consider going back on a promise that was made to our community–a community which has more than paid its fair share of dealing with the management of waste in Los Angeles County.” Roughly 55,000 people living in Hacienda Heights have lived with the loud noises, the pungent smells, and the garbage truck traffic for several decades. According to Knabe, the community was promised three times that the landfill would be closed and the promise has yet to be fulfilled.

The county Sanitation Districts cannot ask for an extension due to a clause in the 2003 postponement proposal and thus, the Sanitation Districts have been preparing for the closing of the landfill. They have purchased the Mesquite Regional Landfill and are prepping for the transfer of the trash from Puente Hills.

Let the Sanitation Districts continue to transfer trash and finally close down Puente Hills landfill by 2013.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Los Angeles County Supervisors,

The proposal to extend the closing date of Puente Hills Landfill from the fall of 2013 to the fall of 2018 must not be approved. The San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments’ request for an extension does not take the lifestyles of the residents who live nearby into consideration. People, especially inhabitants of Hacienda Heights community which is located directly next to the landfill, hate the loud noises, the trash odor, and the trash truck traffic.

The Council of Governments claim that by keeping the landfill open, it will save people a lot of money and if they reject the proposal, the county can lose up to $60 million dollars. The estimate has no support or data to back it up and the people are fed up with the constant extension of the closing date. The citizens of Hacienda Heights have been promised three times that the landfill will be closed, and the promise must be fulfilled.

Do not extend the closing date of Puente Hills Landfill and close it permanently in 2013.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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