San Diego, CA (PressExposure) April 23, 2009 -- Schedule for Final Permits The Gregory Project has land use entitlements (through the initiative election) and the Solid Waste Facilities Permit. On Monday April 13th, the Regional Water Quality Control Board issued the tentative Waste Discharge Requirements for the Project and set a date in August for Board approval of the Permit. A copy of the document is posted on the web site of the RWQCB at:
Gregory Canyon Project management has been notified by the San Diego Air Pollution Control District that its application has been found to be complete and correct and that the permit is expected to be issued in August 2009. The Section 404 permit from the Army Corps of Engineer is expected prior to August. The resolution of the water supply issue for dust control is expected prior to August 2009 as well. As a result of attaining these final permits, the Project should start construction in August or September of this year and be operational in late 2010 or early 2011.
The Gregory Canyon Project Background - Protecting San Diegoâs Environmental Future In a perfect world, recycling and garbage reduction would be enough. However, today, in San Diego County; the need for an environmentally safe, economically feasible disposal site is growing ever more urgent.
For over ten years, Gregory Canyon Landfill Ltd. has been working toward one goal: providing a state-of-the art, environmentally safe and convenient disposal facility to serve the residents and businesses of San Diego County.
With no local landfill to handle North County waste, freeway traffic congestion will increase, as trucks would have to travel long distances to more distant landfills. In addition, a virtual monopoly on county waste disposal would result, threatening residents and businesses with significant increases in disposal fees. The county would suffer significant economic losses as well, according to a Union Tribune editorial, âThe landfill also will contribute some $50 million to county coffers.â North Countyâs population and trash have grown rapidly, even with aggressive recycling programs.
The County has determined the Gregory Canyon Landfill is necessary to meet San Diego Countyâs long-term waste disposal needs without resorting to costly transportation to other distant locations.
San Diego Disposal Capacity Needs San Diego Countyâs Solid Waste Plan relies on the Gregory Canyon landfill to meet the Countyâs solid waste disposal needs over the next 30 years. San Diego County currently generates more than 3.3 million tons of trash each year. Well over 500,000 tons of garbage is collected annually in North San Diego County alone. The Gregory Canyon landfill would be able to accommodate 1 million tons of solid waste per year for 30 years.
If the Gregory Canyon site were to be eliminated, there is no other landfill project on the horizon to address the waste disposal needs of San Diego County. The ramifications of losing the Gregory Canyon landfill project are numerous, including: North County waste will have to be transported to one of the three rapidly filling sites in the county: Sycamore, Otay or Miramar. By having to transport North County trash to the three distant landfills, thousands of additional trucks will be forced onto already congested freeways. Additionally, all landfills in San Diego County will be controlled by a single private sector disposal company, giving them monopoly control over disposal rates, potentially resulting in dramatic increases in disposal costs for San Diego County residents and businesses.
Purchase and Sale of Landfill Capacity Gregory Canyon is now preparing to enter into agreements to provide landfill capacity to clients for the disposal of municipal solid waste, biosolids and beneficial reuse of reclaimed water from the northern areas of the City of San Diego and the unincorporated areas of San Diego County. Wastestreams can be delivered by direct haul via route collection vehicles and semi trucks coupled with transfer trailers. Initial terms of disposal agreements could be for up to 30 years, providing cities and private sector clientsâ long term disposal capacity.
Purchase and Sale of LNG vehicle fuel Gregory Canyon management is in discussions with Companies that are known industry experts to develop an onsite renewable energy and renewable fuel facility to convert the methane gas generated by the disposal of municipal waste and biosolids into LNG vehicle fuel. This fuel could be supplied to the solid waste collection trucks delivering waste to the Project site. Conversion of methane gas into vehicle fuel will provide a significant reduction in greenhouse gases.
About the Gregory Canyon Project In 1994, Proposition C was approved by 68% of voters countywide. It amended the county's General Plan to designate North Countyâs Gregory Canyon for a landfill and recycling center. In approving this measure, county voters rejected inaccurate arguments by representatives of landfill opponents.
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors identified Gregory Canyon as a potential site for a new North County landfill in 1991. It was one of eight sites considered as a replacement for the San Marcos landfill, North Countyâs only landfill, which reached capacity and closed in 1997. The 308-acre Gregory Canyon landfill will be developed on approximately 1,770 acres, adjacent to State Route 76, and about three miles east of Interstate 15. An additional 1,300 acres at the Gregory Canyon site will be dedicated as permanent open space, which will become part of the countyâs Multiple Species Conservation Program.
News Source: Gregory Canyon Limited
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