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Gregory Canyon Pits Water Against Trash

We oppose Gregory Canyon Landfill. We live 6 miles south west of the proposed site. After finding out exact location and driving around the area, a conclusion came to us. No doubt, the site is not right for the landfill. First, Hwy 76 is not wide enough for the dump trucks. Proposed site is 3 miles east from I 15 on the narrow 2 lanes Hwy 76. There are numerous blind and sharp curves of speed limit 20-25 mph. No large trucks are allowed on the Hwy 76. It will create traffic hazard and discourage tourists to Pala, Pauma, Harrah’s and Valley View Casino. South of the site, roads are only single or narrow two lane mountain roads that are for large scale ranches and estates. Dump trucks are not suitable from the south or east. Will Gregory Canyon Ltd. buy all the pastures, mountains, rivers and lakes to build their own roads from I15? Second, while state of art technology with 7.5’ thick lining is expected to perform water and air pollution free from the landfill, many studies including Grass Roots Recycling Network report that lining membranes can brake. Also methane emissions from modern landfills are not verified safe by current studies. In addition to Pala native Indians, many properties owners near Gregory mountain enjoy sacred quality of life surrounded by unspoiled nature. Newly preserved 1000 ac Rancho Lilac is only 7 miles south of Gregory mountain. Many of them rely on well waters for drinking and farming. They protect wild animals and endangered species. Many are certified organic farms including us. If San Luis Ray river and ground water are contaminated, stench from the landfill travels miles away by marine breeze, and the noise from the operation disturb neighbors, life of the whole community will be destroyed. Finally, the landfill cannot be build there. The site is already in the middle of the Jewel of North County San Diego. We have been working hard to make our community prestigious. Who would even imagine placing trash in the middle of that effort? Gregory Canyon Ltd is only thinking one wrong way. If they want to contribute to our community, they should preserve the land now instead of trashing it.

February 3, 2013 at 12:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )