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Gregory Canyon Landfill Hearing In Fallbrook

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Opponents and supporters of a proposed landfill in North County are expected to pack a hearing Wednesday night in Fallbrook. County staff are recommending a solid waste permit be granted for the Gregory Canyon site.

Opponents and supporters of a proposed landfill in North County are expected to pack a hearing Wednesday night in Fallbrook. County staff are recommending a solid waste permit be granted for the Gregory Canyon site.

The project has been in the works for nearly 20 years. This is the second time the developer has applied for the solid waste permit. The last time, a judge upheld opponents’ arguments that the environmental impact report was inadequate.

They fear liners for the landfill will eventually leak and pollute groundwater. The Pala Band of Mission Indians is also fighting the project on the grounds that it is on sacred land.

Supporters say it is costly and environmentally unsound to drive trash to distant landfills, and North County needs a place to put its waste.

Gregory Canyon is on 300 acres east of Interstate 15, off Highway 76. The project would hold a million tons of waste a year for 30 years.

The County is expected to decide within a month whether to grant the solid waste permit.

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