The Los Angeles city Planning Commission voted 4 to 0 Thursday to temporarily allow increased dumping at the Lopez Canyon landfill to accommodate the debris and garbage that resulted from the rioting and looting triggered by the verdicts in the Rodney G. King beating case.
Under the plan approved Thursday, the huge city-owned landfill in Lake View Terrace will stay open for dumping Saturday and May 16. Usually the dump is closed on weekends. Also, the commission lifted--until May 16--the daily 400-truck cap on dumping allowed at the site.
Suspended are rules that the city had adopted after years of squabbling with homeowners opposed to the dump.
The city's Bureau of Sanitation, which operates the dump and is responsible for collecting garbage from single-family residences throughout the city, asked that the rules be suspended. About two-thirds of the city's solid waste ends up at Lopez Canyon.
Homeowner representatives on Thursday told the commission they feared that health problems might arise from riot-area hazardous materials if they wind up in the landfill. Such materials might include asbestos used in aging buildings that were burned.