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Gregory Canyon Landfill. California Integrated Waste Management Board Hearing December 14-15, 2004. San Diego County LEA Gary Erbeck, Director. Proposition C. Approved in 1994 by 68% voters: Amended General Plan & Zoning Ordinance All permits other than land use required

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Gregory Canyon Landfill

California Integrated Waste Management Board Hearing

December 14-15, 2004

San Diego County LEA

Gary Erbeck, Director


Proposition C

Approved in 1994 by 68% voters:

  • Amended General Plan & Zoning Ordinance

  • All permits other than land use required

  • Required CEQA process

  • LEA became the CEQA lead agency

  • Imposed specific mitigation measures


Proposition B

  • November 2004 ballot measure to repeal Proposition C

  • Defeated by 63% to 37%

  • Proposition C remains in effect

  • A form of public comment


Public Participation and EIR Process

Circulated three drafts for public comment

  • Same distribution and advertisement for all drafts

  • Available in 7 public locations

  • Advertised in Union Tribune

  • Copy with printer for public reproduction

  • Last two drafts on Internet and on CD


Public Participation continued

  • Extended most comment periods beyond statutory 45 days

  • Two public hearings

    -Both in excess of 3 hours

    -Over 100 people testified at each


Public Participation continued

  • Total of 210 days of public review was provided for all drafts of EIR

  • Nearly 600 comment letters/testimony from individuals and agencies on all versions

  • LEA and County Counsel spent 2,124 hours spent on EIR


Public Participation continued

  • LEA Director certified Final EIR February 6, 2003

  • CIWMB staff concurs that CEQA findings are sufficient and supported by record.


Permit Development

  • Crafted to protect public health and safety

  • Reflects LEA permitting & lead agency roles Consistent with Public Resource Code and Titles 14 & 27

  • Worked closely with other regulatory agencies to address permitting issues

  • CH2MHill hired to assist LEA in permit development

  • Organized permit by phases for better management of mitigation measures


Permit Development continued

  • 243 site specific conditions associated with:

    - pre-construction & construction landfill operations

    - closure design and activities

    -post closure monitoring & maintenance

  • Ensures enforceability of 188 mitigation measures adopted in Final EIR

  • All issues raised were considered and resolved.

  • Close coordination with CIWMB staff


Permit Development continued

  • LEA completed proposed permit on June 2, 2004 and submitted to CIWMB staff

  • CIWMB staff report indicates no technical or regulatory issues remain

  • LEA and County Counsel spent 1,290 hours on permit development

  • Total of 3,414 hours spent on project


Other Permitting Agencies

  • San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board

  • US Army Corps of Engineers

  • US Fish & Wildlife and State Fish & Game

  • Caltrans and other State agencies

  • County of San Diego

    Review permits and modify JTD and Permit

    as necessary


LEA Implementation Plan

  • LEA will hire one or more consultants to assist in oversight of Project

  • Oversee specialty reports and studies of biologists, archaeologist, noise specialist, etc.

  • Regular meetings with regulatory agencies

  • Enforce State minimum standards and all permit conditions


Benefits Analysis

  • Technical review of drafts by County departments

  • October 2003 Final Benefit Analysis

  • Includes:

    - permitted capacity

    - economic benefits

    - increase in tax revenues

    - consistency with County/State policies


Benefits Analysis Public Participation

  • Beyond CEQA requirements

  • Benefits Analysis posted on website and invited comments

  • Comments were also posted

  • LEA staff report posted on website

  • Invited comments and posted on website

  • Posted rebuttal comment on website


Benefits Analysis continued

Package given to LEA Director, including:

  • Benefits Analysis

  • Initial public comments

  • LEA staff report

  • Both rounds of subsequent comments

  • Rebuttal comment


Benefits Analysis continued

Other documents reviewed by Director:

  • Final EIR

  • Staff report on Final EIR

  • 1996 County Integrated Waste Management Plan including Siting Element

  • 2003 Draft Siting Element


San Diego County Landfill Disposal Capacity with New & Expanded Landfills(Based on Annual Permitted Disposal Tons)

Obtained from Draft Siting Element


Decision Making Process by Gary ErbeckDirector of LEA


San Diego County Landfill Disposal Capacity with New & Expanded Landfills(Based on Annual Permitted Disposal Tons)

Obtained from Draft Siting Element


LEGAL ISSUES

Mark Mead, CEQA Legal Counsel

Rod Lorang, LEA Legal Counsel


Summary

  • Project includes all feasible mitigation:

    • CEQA, Proposition C, LEA, other Agencies

  • Project meets all CIWMB requirements

  • No unresolved technical, regulatory, or mitigation issues

  • Benefits of landfill outweighs identified unmitigated impacts

  • Votes on Propositions C and B support this project


Statement of Overriding Considerations

  • Assist County in meeting 15 years capacity

  • Implement Policy 2.2 of Siting Element

  • Help implement Siting Element by providing capacity without relying on exportation

  • Added landfill capacity in North County

  • Select area where disposal facilities proposed to meet 15 years of capacity


SOC Modifications

  • Proposed liner system may set new and higher standard

  • GCL will contribute $1 Million for safety improvement on SR 76

  • Landfill will generate economic benefits


San Diego County Landfill Disposal Permitted Capacitywith Additional Diversion

50%

55%

65%

75%

Obtained from Draft Siting Element


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