The Garbage Chronicles, Part II
The California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB), with a majority of newly appointed members by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, plans to decide behind closed doors on a landfill health controversy between powerful garbage companies and local residents.
The North Valley Coalition and other environmental groups oppose the use of construction and demolition "tailings," for use as daily cover on MSW landfills to prevent garbage from blowing or washing away. "Garbage companies see such "alternative daily cover" as a cheap means to dump at no cost," says NVC spokesman Wayde Hunter. "But it’s the public downwind that pays."
"Alternative daily cover" ("ADC") was stopped as a practice after a settlement in a Sacramento Superior Court in a mid 1990’s lawsuit brought by the Natural Resources Defense Council. But the following year, the garbage industry persuaded the legislature to allow the practice.
According to the CIWMB, since then as much as half of the amounts dumped in landfills have been classified by operators as "ADC." That allows dump operators to escape paying State per ton fees which in turn are used for State recycling and enforcement programs.
The issue comes before the CIWMB on February 14, 2006 at 1:30 p.m., 1001 I Street, Sacramento, California as an appeal of the approvals to use screened "tailings" from a mixed waste recovery facility as ADC on the County side of Sunshine Canyon Landfill in Los Angeles. A recent regulation adopted by the CIWMB with garbage industry pressure allows "construction and demolition" waste as ADC. The North Valley Coalition, which includes nearby residents, says the material is really just a grab-bag of wood, sheetrock, debris, fines, garbage and just about anything else that falls through the screens from the mixed waste recovery facility. The CIWMB recently added new Schwarzenegger appointees Margo Reid Brown and Gary Petersen, who join chair Rosario Marin, a candidate for U.S. Senate in the last election. According to staff memos, the board will decide the matter in closed session