Extension Sought on Landfill Gas Device

The South Coast Air Quality Management District will consider July 12 whether to give the city of Los Angeles additional time to install a $1-million system to burn off gas generated by the Lopez Canyon landfill, where two workers were overcome by gas earlier this year.

AQMD staff members recommended that if the city does get an extension, a warning should be issued that the city will be taken to court if the new deadline is not met. The city has been given one six-month extension--to July 1--to install the system at its dump above Lake View Terrace.

A city official said the city fell behind schedule while preparing paper work for the project. She said that the city hopes to install the gas-collection system by October but added that AQMD conditions may extend the anticipated construction time until the end of the year.

On March 8, two workers fainted from exposure to gas after a layer of 7-year-old garbage was unearthed during excavation for a road.

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