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County Refuses to Stiffen Landfill Rules

Defying a request by the California Waste Management Board, Los Angeles County officials Wednesday refused to toughen restrictions on trash dumping at Lopez Canyon Landfill, owned by the city of Los Angeles.

The state board on Tuesday said a county order that was issued last Friday is too lenient and needs to be amended. It asked the county to agree Wednesday to enforce a stricter order by the end of the week against the northeast San Fernando Valley dump in Lake View Terrace.

Deputy County Counsel Judith Fries said Wednesday that the county believes its current order is sufficient and anything stricter would “force closure of the landfill, at least for a short time.”

The city is fighting the restrictions in Los Angeles Superior Court, and a hearing is scheduled Aug. 4.

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