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Lutness column was inaccurate

Posted: July 9, 2009 4:14 p.m.
Updated: July 10, 2009 4:55 a.m.
As a periodic contributor to The Signal, I know it takes a while for writers to research information for their columns. Nevertheless, I think the authors should be held to some standard of reliability on their information.  

Carole Lutness’s July 7 Op-Ed piece on the city’s Material Recycling Facility (MRF) committee (Opinion, “Conflicts of interest and other sorts”), contained very misleading information, stating that I am “apparently employed by Browning Ferris Industries (BFI), operators of Sunshine Canyon Landfill.”  

Either she got this lie without verification from someone else or she took the time to pull my Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) reports, but didn’t take the time to read them.  

I have, since 1994, owned my own environmental compliance consulting business and am self-employed in addition to serving as an elected official with the Newhall County Water District.

As such, I need to report any client whose work exceeded $10,000 in any one year. I am pleased to count Browning Ferris Industries as one of my many repeat clients. As listed on my Fair Political Practices Commission report, they are one of three different clients last year that used my company for environmental reporting services over the disclosure threshold.  

I am frankly rather proud that my clients chose to use trained personnel to assess environmental compliance requirements for them, rather than sticking their heads in the sand and ignoring the issues or moving out of state, taking valuable manufacturing jobs with them.  

Lest anyone be misled by Lutness’s innuendos, it is Burrtec, not Browning Ferris Industries, that has any obligation for the MRF, and frankly it has high potential for being a money-loser, not some financial bonus.  

Finally, I am on the record from last year’s City Council election as opposing the MRF as it was previously proposed.

With regard to the city’s MRF committee, I was honored to be chosen by the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce to be their
nominee, and excited to have been approved by the city.  

I hope my extensive environmental compliance experience in the solid waste and waste reduction fields will assist the advisory MRF committee. When government chooses to make decisions without a broad base of well-informed input, we get bad regulations, bad decisions and ultimately our communities are poorer for it.


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