VALLEY DISASTER PREPAREDNESS FAIR
Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Fire Station 87—10124 Balboa Bl. (between Devonshire & Lassen)
VALLEY DISASTER PREPAREDNESS FAIR
There’s a “recycling revolution” happening in Sweden – one that has pushed the country closer to zero waste than ever before. In fact, less than one per cent of Sweden’s household garbage ends up in landfills today.
The Scandinavian country has become so good at managing waste, they have to import garbage from the UK, Italy, Norway and Ireland to feed the country’s 32 waste-to-energy (WTE) plants, a practice that has been in place for years.
“Waste today is a commodity in a different way than it has been. It’s not only waste, it’s a business,” explained Swedish Waste Management communications director Anna-Carin Gripwell in a statement. (more…)
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.”
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.