EAGLE ROCK — The City of Glendale is planning to increase the capacity of Scholl Canyon Landfill, which spreads over more than 500 acres across the San Rafael Hills north of the 134 Freeway. With the landfill expected to reach capacity by 2021, Glendale has come up with two proposals that would extend the life of the landfill by as much as 19 years. While the landfill is located in Glendale, the only route to the giant dump passes through the northern edge of Eagle Rock. Here, a parade of dump trucks and other vehicles coming and going to Scholl Canyon use the Figueroa Street exit off the 134 Freeway, driving past the landmark Eagle Rock as well as homes and parks.
The prospect of extending the life of Scholl Canyon has raised concern among some Eagle Rock residents, who fear they will be exposed to many more years of traffic and pollution. Councilman Jose Huizar, in an email newsletter, summarized his concerns:
Though City of Los Angeles businesses and residents are not allowed access to the landfill, the only active entrance to the site is through Eagle Rock. This access point is adjacent to homes, schools, a major City park, and a historic cultural monument – all in the City of Los Angeles. As such, these City stakeholders bear a significant burden from the operation of the landfill, including trash and debris, pollution, traffic, and deteriorating road conditions in the area around the entrance to the landfill. Eagle Rock deserves an opportunity to hear the full details and offer comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and proposed expansion and extension of the Scholl Canyon landfill.