Don’t bring that MRF into our town

Baldwin Park is keeping up its fight against a proposed trash sorting facility on the Irwindale border.

A draft environmental report was recently completed for the project — a material recovery facility planned for a 17-acre site at Live Oak Avenue and Arrow Highway in Irwindale.

But a consultant hired by Baldwin Park to review the document believes the report, prepared by Irwindale, is inadequate and should be re-written and redistributed.

“It doesn’t reveal all of the likely environmental impacts of the project, or it understates them,” said Dan Sicular, a senior managing associate with the San Francisco-based environmental consulting firm ESA.

Irwindale officials are currently preparing responses to Baldwin Park’s comments, and are also in negotiations with trash hauler Athens Services for a development agreement.

Athens wants to sort recyclables from garbage at the site, before sending the remaining trash to a landfill. They claim state-of-the-art facilities will mitigate any potential health risks to both MRF employees and nearby residents.

It should be pointed out Athens isn’t the only one interested in the Irwindale site. Valley County Water District wants to purchase just under 2 acres of the land to build two water storage tanks.

The tanks — which would hold an estimated 3 million gallons of water each — would be built above ground on the land’s southwest corner, said Brian Dickinson, the district’s general manager.

He wouldn’t comment on ongoing negotiations with Irwindale.

  • Funny Thing

    This is the same company who did the flawed EIR report for Bisno. This consulting firm is used to say what ever they need to. The city hired them to pay back the debit Bisno left behind. I think it is very strange BP has to hire a firm from up north and it so happens to be the one they owe money to. I can’t believe there are not any firms in southern california who can do a real report I suspect this is to payback the debit the city owes this consulting firm. This report just like the Bisno project will be half ass and will be at the most just alot of papers that really say nothing. If BP council had acted on this when they really knew about this and not covered it up til the Bisno redevelopment failed athens would not have built the big complex in irwindale already.

  • James Hunley

    Irwindale has already purchased property for this murf at 282 live oak for 3 million dollars. The city dropped the plan when it was revealed at a council meeting that ajacent property R and R truck parking would be part of the project. R and R truck parking is owned and operated by former mayor and currant city council member Mark Breceda. He was voteing for the project in violation of the law. The District Attorney is investigating, but are moveing really slow. Baldwin Park residents should contact the D A and encourage them to indict Athens and the resposible council members. If you want to stop this murf in its tracts.

  • james Hunley

    Irwindale has already purchased property for this murf at 282 live oak for 3 million dollars. The city dropped the plan when it was revealed at a council meeting that ajacent property R and R truck parking would be part of the project. R and R truck parking is owned and operated by former mayor and currant city council member Mark Breceda. He was voteing for the project in violation of the law. The District Attorney is investigating, but are moveing really slow. Baldwin Park residents should contact the D A and encourage them to indict Athens and the resposible council members. If you want to stop this murf in its tracts.

  • James Hunley

    Irwindale has already purchased property for this murf at 282 live oak for 3 million dollars. The city dropped the plan when it was revealed at a council meeting that ajacent property R and R truck parking would be part of the project. R and R truck parking is owned and operated by former mayor and currant city council member Mark Breceda. He was voteing for the project in violation of the law. The District Attorney is investigating, but are moveing really slow. Baldwin Park residents should contact the D A and encourage them to indict Athens and the resposible council members. If you want to stop this murf in its tracts.

  • to Hunley

    Could you please repeat that again?