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Burrtec trashes MRF plan

Posted: April 16, 2008 4:55 p.m.
Updated: June 17, 2008 5:02 a.m.
It appears the plans to build a giant recycling facility along Sierra Highway in Newhall are getting tossed out.

The city of Santa Clarita announced today that Burrtec Waste Industries has agreed to withdraw plans to build a 170,000-square-foot materials recovery facility - or MRF - between Placerita Canyon Road and Golden Valley Road after residents in the area waged a "Stop the Dump" war against Burrtec and the city.

City Manager Ken Pulskamp and Mayor Bob Kellar met with company president Cole Burr, and Burr agreed to withdraw the plans.

"Given all the circumstances at this point, we're just going to regroup and see where to go now," Burrtec Community Development Director Charles Tobin said this afternoon.

As part of its franchise agreement with the city, the commercial waste hauler is required to develop and operate a MRF to recycle the city's waste. Burrtec has asked that the city assist in finding a new site.

"The meeting went very well and I think that we are heading in the right direction, Kellar said in a statement. "Burrtec will no longer be pursuing a MRF on their 75-acre site ... and has agreed to meet with the community to discuss any potential new MRF sites prior to applying for city permits."

For the complete story, see Thursday's edition of The Signal.


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