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March 16, 2000|Marissa Espino, (714) 966-5879

The installation of a gas collection system to control underground methane at the now-closed Yorba Park will begin in early April.

The Orange County Health Care Agency notified the city of the problem in September 1998, and the park has been closed ever since. From 1957 to 1960, the county used the 9.3 acres as a landfill.

It turned the site over to the city in 1962.

In December, the city filed for an injunction in federal court against the county, saying the county should have to pay for the installation, which will cost close to $200,000, and pay for the ongoing operation and maintenance because the county violated an agreement by not installing the gas control system. A federal judge ruled against the injunction because there was no imminent danger.

A second lawsuit was filed in state court in February against the county so the city can be reimbursed for damages because of a breach of contract from the county. The suit has yet to be resolved.

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