Canyon dump permit 'canceled'
Developers owe the county's Air Pollution Control District $322,000
By J. Harry Jones, .Jan. 15, 2014
A pending Gregory Canyon landfill permit that has been
in the works for nearly seven years was canceled Wednesday
by the countys Air Pollution Control District because
the developers owe the district more than $322,000 in late
fees and work already done.
they have for more than a decade, hundreds of people
turned out a year ago for one of many public hearings
regarding the proposed Gregory Canyon landfill.
— Charlie Neuman
permit is just one of several that Gregory Canyon Ltd still
needs before construction of the long-delayed dump can proceed.
district sent a letter to the company Wednesday, saying the
permit application was canceled because 45 days had passed
since Gregory Canyon officials had been notified that an immediate
payment of $150,000 was needed to keep the application alive.
the letter, the agencys Senior Engineer Steven Moore
says the district will not accept any future applications
for the project unless costs totaling $322,397.46 have been
paid in full. In addition, late fees are accruing at a rate
of 10 percent per month and up to 100 percent of the
amount due for work already performed, the letter states.
Gregory Canyon spokeswoman Nancy Chase down played Wednesdays
development, calling it a blip.
are in a funding gap and as soon as we get some new funding
we will pay the fees and reinstate the permit application,
she said. It could be as soon as a week or it could
be 30 days. Its a little blip.
said investors have spent more than $62 million so far trying
to get the North County landfill built. New investors being
sought could become part of the ownership group, she said.
the permits Gregory Canyon must still secure, the one from
the air pollution control was thought to be among the furthest
along and the most likely to be approved.
of the concerns over the project from environmental
groups, the Pala Tribe of Mission Indians and some North County
cities have centered on water quality and cultural
sensitivity, not air pollution.
attorney Everett DeLano, who has been fighting the landfill
plans for years, said the permit cancellation is definitely
a set back for them and a win for the environment as far as
Gregory Canyon landfill has been in the planning stages for
nearly two decades. It would be built on land south of state
Route 76 about three miles east of Interstate 15.
insist North County needs a new dump and that it will be a
state-of-the-art facility that will never cause environmental
problems. Opponents say building a landfill so close to the
San Luis Rey River is an recipe for disaster.
news of the permit cancellation comes just months after the
developer announced on its website that it had reached an
agreement with several private equity sources to finance the
next round of development work and acquire the permits.
announcement predicted that demolition and pre-grading could
begin at the landfill site in the first quarter of this year
and full construction could begin by late summer.
said new funding sources had been obtained but now we
need more. She said this is not the first time something
like this has happened during the life of the project.
for permits must pay the county for the work it entails. The
air pollution district is trying to determine what the impact
of the landfill would be on air quality not just the
dump itself but also emissions from trash trucks and construction
vehicles. Before work on the permit ceased, the district was
reviewing more than 1,000 public comments received last year
about the project.
Control District Director Bob Kard said work on the application
was suspended in November when the first payment deadline
passed. Should the county receive payment soon accompanied
by a new application work on the permit would commence
and could conceivably be done by the end of this year.