Four stinkers that rival Sriracha factory

There are smells, and then there are smells from hell.

You know the odors we’re talking about – the meatpacker in the middle of nowhere, the sewage plant down the road.

Or the powerful, some even say painful, scents from the hot sauce factory next door.

That’s right, we’re looking at you, Sriracha hot sauce, grinder of chilies and maker of popular flavorings and, yes, as a byproduct, generator of a scent that refuses to die, a Zombie for the nostrils.

As drama unfolds in Irwindale over Sriracha’s spiced-up fumes, we sniffed around some other places in Southern California where foul air has been known to erupt – some for decades, others in passing.

SUNSHINE CANYON LANDFILL

Imagine the smell of 12,100 tons of trash trucked daily to the ironically named Sunshine Canyon Landfill.

Even after decades of trying to cut the impact on nearby residents, the San Fernando Valley operation still stinks.

Or so says Granada Hills homeowner Wayde Hunter, president of the North Valley Coalition of Concerned Citizens, a group once named “Dump the Dump.”

“It’s not like people are getting the occasional smells,” Hunter says of life near his least favorite landfill. “We’re under a constant bombardment.”

Sunshine has generated the most odor nuisance violations in the South Coast Air Quality Management District over the past five years, according to public records.

Still, Rep. Tony Cardenas, D-San Fernando Valley, extended an invitation to the Sriracha plant to relocate in his district.

It’s an idea Hunter waves off.

“Some of our residents have already called to complain to Cardenas, saying a stinking dump is enough.”

Read more here: http://www.losangelesregister.com/articles/says-598443-sriracha-sauce.html

Sunshine Canyon Landfill – Shut-Down Testing Notice

SCAQMD NOTICE OF SUNSHINE CANYON LANDFILL GAS COLLECTION SYSTEM TESTING

As the following notice indicates, if you experience odor issues during this period, you should report them.

It is important that you do not assume that all odor issues between June 23 and July 3, 2014 are caused by this testing. Indeed, 500+ trucks arrive daily to deposit 7,500 – 8,000 tons per day of stinking trash, adding over 2,000,000 tons per year to the landfill, in an on-going odor problem which has not be resolved by the City, County or State since 2008.

The SCAQMD and its hotline 1-800-CUT-SMOG (1-800-288-7664) is the official agency for recording these odor complaints, and for issuing Notices of Violations (NOV). As always, it will be up to the SCAQMD Inspectors to determine if the odors that you report are from the daily operations, the outgassing of odor laden methane from previously deposited trash, or from the testing itself.

The DANGER of Corporate Landfill Gas-to-Energy Schemes and How to Fix It – Sierra Club

http://teamster.org/sites/teamster.org/files/6310greenhousegasreportrevisedlowres.pdf

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    CERT Class Jointly Sponsored By Patriot Oil Community Benefit Trust Fund (administered by the North Valley Coalition), and the Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council (GHNNC)

CERT Class Jointly Sponsored By Patriot Oil Community Benefit Trust Fund (administered by the North Valley Coalition), and the Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council (GHNNC)

We encourage you to attend, and when you graduate you will receive a free well stocked CERT backpack kit, which as far as we are aware, is not given by any other classes in LA.
The knowledge that you will gain is applicable in many kinds of emergency situations, not just earthquakes. If we can save one life it will be worth it.
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    SCAQMD Notification of Opt-out Notices in Class Action Lawsuit Against Sunshine Canyon Landfill

SCAQMD Notification of Opt-out Notices in Class Action Lawsuit Against Sunshine Canyon Landfill

As you are aware, members of the community filed a class action lawsuit against Sunshine Canyon Landfill.  The AQMD is not a party to the lawsuit, however the Landfill’s counsel subpoenaed the contact information of individuals who have filed complaints with the District.  The District fought the production of that information, except for the complainants who are named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit, who in theory have already disclosed their identity.

The superior court judge did not agree with the District’s arguments and ordered production of the complainant identifying information to be provided to a third party to send out an “opt-out” notice, where if the individual does not “opt-out”, the plaintiffs’ and defendants’ counsel will receive their contact information limited to use in the lawsuit.

The District filed a writ before the court of appeals to challenge the trial court’s decision, which we just found out was denied.  I wanted to personally alert you to the possibility that members of the community who have complained to the District, may be receiving “opt-out” notices which requires them to affirmatively notify the third party mailer that they do not want their identifying contact information released.

Please do not hesitate to contact me directly if you have any questions or require additional information.  I don’t anticipate any notices being sent until next month at the earliest.

Thank you,

Nicholas A. Sanchez/Senior Deputy District Counsel
South Coast Air Quality Management District
phone/909.396.3400
fax/909.396.2961