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December 8, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
The Pentagon defended steps it has taken to more respectfully handle the remains of fallen troops after a report detailed the extent of dumping cremated body parts at a Virginia landfill. Last month, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta ordered a review of why the cremated remains were routinely disposed of in the landfill despite a protocol requiring that such matters be handled in a dignified and respectful manner. New data from the Air Force obtained by the Washington Post showed that 976 fragments of remains from 274 military personnel were incinerated and taken to the landfill between 2004 and 2008.
April 18, 2014 | By Michele Bigley
MAKAWAO, Maui - "Don't ask for anything while you are in this canyon," Sydney Smith, my guide and a longtime Hawaii resident, said as we balanced precariously on rocks, descending deep into Maliko Gulch. "A film crew was once here, set up a tripod, lights, models and was just about to take photos, when the photographer said, 'Now we just need some wind.' A powerful gust came whooshing through the valley, knocking down the tripods and light reflectors. And then like that" - she snapped her fingers - "the wind vanished.
October 8, 1995
Thank you for your editorials and concise reporting regarding the Elsmere Canyon landfill situation. The Elsmere site (10 miles north of Sylmar) will not only be an eyesore to the pristine forest area but might permanently contaminate the water supply underneath the landfill, causing indeterminable and irreversible health damage to residents. In addition, Placerita Canyon County Park neighbors the landfill site and would be ruined by the smell, eyesore and health risks caused by trash dumping.
April 15, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Police will begin searching Orange County landfills in a hunt for the bodies of three women authorities say they believe were killed by two registered sex offenders charged with raping and murdering women who vanished from some of the county's toughest streets. Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, are accused of killing four women, though police said they anticipate there is at least one additional victim. In a videotaped court hearing Tuesday morning, the two appeared briefly but did not enter a plea.
August 23, 1994
The initiative process can be the only method by which voters move elected officials to action. At this particular moment, the issue concerning the Weldon Canyon landfill is not that of the landfill itself. It is the issue of whether or not the voters of the county are to be allowed to vote on an issue vital to their welfare. For years we have heard the fantasy proposals ranging from recycling everything to shipping the rubbish to someone else's back yard. To date we have had no reliable dates of attainability of total recycling nor any solid consumer cost for rail haul.
July 5, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
On its way to the ocean, the San Luis Rey River runs through a hilly, brushy parcel of land known as Gregory Canyon. With large stands of coastal oak and cottonwood trees and a population of rattlesnakes and even a few mountain lions, the canyon is tucked away in a sparsely populated part of northeast San Diego County, just south of California 76 and three miles east of Interstate 15. Above the river, on a recent afternoon, an osprey was...
October 20, 1987
County Supervisor Pete Schabarum has failed in his fourth attempt to persuade West Covina officials to prohibit the BKK Corp. landfill from accepting trash and sewage sludge from Los Angeles. The West Covina City Council voted unanimously not to join the supervisor's efforts to pressure Los Angeles officials to open another landfill. Council members said they were uncertain about the legality of the proposal and were worried that the city could be held liable for BKK's lost revenue.
May 9, 1989
U.S. District Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer on Monday approved an agreement that calls for 113 companies and two government agencies to spend more than $67 million to help clean up the highly toxic Operating Industries Inc. landfill in Monterey Park. In settling a civil action filed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Health Services, companies that shipped hazardous waste to the dump agreed to pay $33 million in cash and provide $34 million worth of cleanup work.
July 15, 1997
Plans for a mall in Carson are way behind schedule, and the property owners are asking the city for permission to dump 775,000 cubic yards of dirt, asphalt and concrete onto the property as landfill to build up the site. The city Planning Commission has studied the proposal and recommended that the request be rejected. The commission meets July 22 to adopt a resolution on the project.
February 7, 2007
Re "Break up the family," editorial, Feb. 5 BFI hired my lobbying firm about 14 years ago. Matt Knabe was still in college, and L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe was the chief deputy to a supervisor. Don Knabe and his predecessor, Deane Dana, supported the Sunshine Canyon landfill before BFI ever retained me; Don Knabe has been consistent in that support. However, The Times' editorial makes it appear as if the only vote on Sunshine Canyon occurred in the past year. When Matt Knabe became a member of my firm, he was immediately sealed off from anything to do with supervisors' votes on Sunshine Canyon.
March 31, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Hoping to make Los Angeles a national leader in steering trash away from landfills, the City Council is poised to approve a sweeping and controversial transformation of garbage collection for tens of thousands of businesses and apartment buildings. The new system, which tightens city control over the commercial trash-hauling market, is expected to win approval Tuesday. Proponents say that the changes, backed by environmental and labor organizations, will keep more garbage out of landfills, cut down on truck traffic and make the industry safer for workers.
December 17, 2013
Re "Recalling a deadly cascade," Dec. 15 I witnessed the break in the Baldwin Hills Reservoir dam 50 years ago from my parents' home on Cloverdale Avenue. The KTLA news van parked in the empty lot next door and reported on the massive flood as it was happening. I was 16 years old and had returned home with my best friend after having lunch and shopping. The image of that day and the events that followed have never left us. In 1966, the neighborhood was threatened again when a landfill was proposed for the empty reservoir site.
August 5, 2013 | By Jessica Garrison
A coalition of environmental groups accused state regulators Monday of allowing low-level radioactive waste from the former Santa Susana Field Laboratory to be illegally disposed of in landfills not licensed to receive such material. Consumer Watchdog,  the Center for Race Poverty and the Environment, and others said debris from six structures from the former nuclear research facility already had been delivered to municipal landfills and metal and concrete recyclers. The environmental groups also threatened to seek a court order to stop the demolition and disposal of the plutonium fuel fabrication building if the state does not step in within 24 hours.
April 17, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - A key state Senate committee has blessed a compromise among bedding manufacturers, environmentalists and local governments about how best to keep about 2 million used mattresses a year from being dumped on California streets or into landfills. Still to be determined is exactly what kind of consumer fee or tax would be levied on mattress and box spring purchases, which manufacturers have estimated might be around $25. The money would create a first-in-the-nation "recovery and recycling" program that would be run by the mattress industry and overseen by California regulators.
November 18, 2012 | By Janet Kinosian
Upcycled fashion is no longer just for hard-core environmentalists. The idea of wearing items made from cast-off skateboards, inner tubes, plastic trash bags, car seat belts - even wartime bombs and bullets - is no longer considered bizarre but beautiful, as consumers pick up today's conservationist zeitgeist. "Upcycling" means taking something disposable and creating something of higher value with it - making a purse from a tire, for instance. (Recycling, on the other hand, decomposes items into materials that can then be used to create something else, such as turning wood chips into paper.)
September 13, 2012
Woe to the thirsty of Concord, Mass. Under a bylaw born of convoluted reasoning, a person who heads into a store in that town for some hydration will be able to buy a plastic bottle of soda, but not a similar bottle of what dietitians say should be the drink of choice: water. That's because Concord has become the first city in the United States to ban the sale of serving-size bottled water. It's enough to make New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose proposed ban on the sale of large servings of soda is up for a key vote this week, weep.
September 26, 1985
The Burbank City Council has tentatively approved a plan to expand a 24-acre landfill by about 10 acres during the next 10 years. The approval stopped short of accepting a recommendation by Public Works Director Stephen Magnuson that the landfill, situated in the vicinity of Bel Aire Drive and Vista Ridge near the Starlight Amphitheatre, be expanded to 86 acres to meet city needs through the year 2001. Magnuson said the existing landfill would fill up by 1990.
August 4, 2006 | Roger Vincent
Owners of a former landfill in Carson have received approval from city officials to start cleaning up the site in preparation for building the mixed-use Carson Marketplace development along the San Diego Freeway between Avalon and Del Amo boulevards. Developers LNR Property Corp. and Hopkins Real Estate Group said they would spend $115 million over 36 months to prepare the former Cal Compact Inc. landfill for construction of 1,200 housing units, a 200-room hotel and 1.
August 21, 2012 | By Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times
West Hollywood has become the latest in a string of California cities - including Santa Monica, Long Beach and Pasadena - to ban single-use plastic bags at store checkout lines. The City Council adopted an ordinance Monday night prohibiting hundreds of pharmacies and grocery and retail stores - including clothing stores and newsstands - in the 1.9-square-mile city from distributing the bags. The ordinance was approved as part of the council's consent calendar, along with routine items.
August 17, 2012 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
BEIRUT - At least 60 charred bodies were found Thursday in a suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus in what activists described as another massacre committed by government forces. The bodies, all with their hands tied behind their backs, were found in a landfill in Qatna. Online video showed twisted corpses, some of them still burning. Hours after the discovery, opposition activists were still trying to find out who the victims were and what happened. Those slain in Qatna were among an estimated 200 people killed across Syria on Thursday as the daily death toll in the ongoing conflict between opposition fighters and President Bashar Assad's forces continues to rise.
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