Town Hall Meetings -
Sunshine Canyon Landfill

Town Hall Meeting - August 18, 2016


On Thursday, August 18, 2016, SCAQMD held a Town Hall Meeting to discuss air quality and odor issues related to Sunshine Canyon Landfill located in Sylmar. 
The meeting included an update on the Petition for Order for Abatement filed by SCAQMD and an overview of a possible hearing schedule as well as a question and answer session with panel members. 

Highlights of the presentation to the community (
Town Hall Presentation [PDF, 1.0 mb]) included discussion of: 

  • Update on SCAQMD Activities related to Sunshine Canyon Landfill
    • Emissions Audit/Status of Health Risk Assessment (HRA) Request
    • SCAQMD Website Points of Interest
    • SCAQMD’s Complaint Response
    • LA City Toxics Study at Sunshine Canyon Landfill and Van Gogh Street Elementary School (Sonoma Technology, Inc.)
    • Proposed Stricter Measures to Address Odors
  • Inter-Agency Coordination on Developing Order for Abatement Conditions
    • South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD)
    • Sunshine Canyon Landfill-Local Enforcement Agency (SCL-LEA)
    • Los Angeles County Department of Public Works
    • Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning
    • City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning
    • City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation
  • Order for Abatement Status
    • OA Process and Evidentiary Burdens
    • OA Proceedings are Separate from Determining Penalties
    • Public Participation Process

Here is a link for the current Sunshine Canyon Hearing Board Schedule.  

For more information, please contact SCAQMD Public Advisor at (909)396-2432 or by email atpublicadvisor@aqmd.gov.

Town Hall Meeting - June 9, 2016

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) hosted a follow-up town hall meeting at Van Gogh Elementary School on June 9, 2016 to provide feedback to local community members about the next steps to be taken by SCAQMD to address air quality and odor issues related to Sunshine Canyon Landfill (SCL).  The meeting also featured an opportunity for community members to ask questions of and share concerns with SCAQMD staff.  Highlights of the presentation to the community (2016-06-09 THM - Sunshine Canyon Landfill, PDF) included discussion of:  

  • SCAQMD activities associated with an air toxics monitoring study to be undertaken by Sonoma Technologies Inc. for the City of Los Angeles;  
  • Two interagency working group meetings led by SCAQMD involving the SCL Local Enforcement Agency (LEA), the City of LA Planning Department and Bureau of Sanitation, and LA County Departments of Public Works and Public Health; and  
  • SCAQMD will seek the issuance of an Order for Abatement (OA) by the SCAQMD Hearing Board, an independent quasi-judicial panel, to pursue SCL to take corrective action on a specified schedule to expeditiously remedy the public odor nuisance.  Among the conditions to be pursued are:
  • Changing the landfill’s hours of operation during which trash is accepted
  • Reducing the daily trash tonnage limit at the landfill
  • Use of Alternative Daily Cover and implementation of improved intermediate cover
  • Dewatering of wells and analysis of well integrity and landfill gas collection efficiency
  • Improved odor management practices at the working face and transfer stations

It was stated that the public hearing would be held on a Saturday in the community to provide the public an opportunity to provide testimony.

Town Hall Meeting - April 21, 2016


The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) hosted a town hall meeting at Van Gogh Elementary School on April 21, 2016 to discuss air quality and odor issues related to Sunshine Canyon Landfill (SCL).  A presentation (SCL - Town Hall Meeting 04-21-2016, PDF) was made about SCAQMD activities associated with SCL, including possible sources of odor on site, complaint response and enforcement actions, air quality monitoring activities, and improvements made in SCL’s permitted landfill gas collection system, as well as health impacts from air monitoring data.  The meeting featured an opportunity for local community members to ask questions of and share concerns with SCAQMD staff.  
 
During the meeting, SCAQMD staff shared that the agency will:
    • Continue to audit emissions reports and refine emissions reporting guidance for landfills         
    • Work with the City of LA on upcoming toxics monitoring study         
    • Conduct Inter-Agency Work Group Meetings to coordinate mitigations of odor related issues      
    • Implement additional stricter operational measures to address both trash and landfill gas odors  
    • Continue complaint response and enforcement presence         
    • Continue to provide and update information about Sunshine Canyon Landfill on the SCAQMD website