State Won’t Restrict Landfill Operations

A request to restrict operations at the Toland Road Landfill was denied Wednesday by the State Water Resources Board.

The ruling upholds a decision made in November by the Los Angeles County Regional Water Quality Control Board, which concluded after a $250,000 geologic study that there was no compelling evidence of an active earthquake fault at the landfill.

Opponents of the landfill--off California 126 between Fillmore and Santa Paula--had hoped proof of an active fault either would stop expansion of the landfill or reduce its size.

A group of property owners opposed to the expansion asked the state agency to reinstate a condition requiring a 200-foot buffer around what they had suspected was the surface footprint of the Culbertson fault. The condition was a temporary provision lifted following the geologic study.


Expansion at the Toland Road Landfill began in August after closure of the Bailard Landfill in Oxnard.

Toland receives an average of 1,250 tons of the county’s trash daily. It is permitted to receive up to 1,500 tons of waste daily for the next 31 years.