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Vote On Controversial Dumpsite Expansion Proposal in Ventura County Expected To Be Postponed Again

Posted on Monday, June 27, 2011 3:48pm

Ventura County Supervisors are again expected to postpone a final vote on Tuesday (6/28) on a proposal by Waste Management to expand its Simi Valley dumpsite.  The company wants to take the site from around 700, to just over 880 acres.  The Ventura County Planning Commission is recommending approval of a slightly scaled down version of the plan.

Opponents are concerned about the impacts of additional truck trip to the site, which could include traffic, noise, and additional air pollution.  Th project’s supporters say the dumpsite fills an important need, and that the expansion would mean more jobs, as well as revenue for the county, and City of Simi Valley.

The county wants to charge a fee for garbage brought to the dumpsite from other counties.  That request from the county has led to multiple postponements of a final vote on the planned expansion, as county and Waste Management officials have been negotiating to try to come up with a deal on that issue.  The new proposal is for the board to deal with the issue at its July 19th meeting.

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