ENVIRONMENT - The Glendale City Council will now be voting tomorrow, Tuesday, to approve the purchase of pricey machinery for a permanent methane plant at the Scholl Canyon dump.
Please reread my original article.
Push it out to friends and family in Glendale and Northeast Los Angeles, and environmentally-concerned Angelenos everywhere, and ask them to take action.
“It’s too expensive” or “We don’t know what else to do” are not acceptable justifications. Especially when the City Council is prepared to pay over $67 million of taxpayer money just to start building an unsustainable and dangerous biogas facility opposed by a significant number of their own residents. Money that could be better spent on remediating the dump.
And that’s only the first drop of a flood of costs Glendalians will have to pay for once their City Council commits to this misconceived project.
Glendale built and fed the dump for their own profit and is going to have to clean up their mess sooner or later. Costs are only going to increase over time so why add this proposed biogas facility to the bottom line?
Remediation should start now so residents of Glenoaks Canyon and Eagle Rock and further afield no longer have to suffer the methane flaring, the particulate pollution, and the potential dangers of living in the shadow of the dump or, if approved, its ugly stepchild.
Send comments to the Glendale City Council members before September 20th:
Public comments will be taken when that item comes up for discussion; those watching remotely can call in using a number that will be posted on the screen.
(Liz Amsden is a contributor to CityWatch and an activist from Northeast Los Angeles with opinions on much of what goes on in our lives. She has written extensively on the City's budget and services as well as her many other interests and passions. In her real life she works on budgets for film and television where fiction can rarely be as strange as the truth of living in today's world.)