The civil suit is a petition for writ of mandate and a compliant declaratory and injunctive relief, according to the report, meaning that residents want to hold board supervisors accountable for a specific condition in the permit. That condition was to shut the landfill down in November 2019 or when it reaches 23 million tons of waste.
In summer 2017, the county board of supervisors approved the landfill’s expansion despite reaching it’s 23-million-ton cap, the groups involved in the lawsuit say. In 2016, the landfill took 2.8 million tons of waste after the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning granted a conditional use permit by setting an annual dumping cap of 2.1 million tons of waste.
The original permit from 1997 allowed 6,000 tons of waste to be dumped at the landfill per day, and the landfill owners wanted to increase that rate to 12,000 tons per day. The board permitted it, the report says.