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Local News in Brief : Landfill Allowed to Stay in Business

A city zoning official has ruled that the Sunshine Canyon landfill can continue operating, despite several violations that have been “materially detrimental” to a Granada Hills neighborhood next to it.

But the landfill’s operator, Browning-Ferris Industries, must apply for a new zoning variance, try to stop dust and litter from blowing around and test soil and air to evaluate whether the dump is harmful to residents’ health, Zoning Administrator John J. Parker Jr. said in a ruling released Thursday.

Browning-Ferris and City Councilman Hal Bernson, the major foe of the dump, said they will appeal the ruling to the Board of Zoning Appeals. The final decision probably will be made by the City Council, Bernson said.

The ultimate ruling on the landfill is of citywide interest because Sunshine Canyon is one of only two landfills that accepts trash from the city of Los Angeles.

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