Court says Measure E cannot stop landfill expansion – DAILY REPUBLIC

August 7, 2013

FAIRFIELD — Measure E, the now-defunct 1984 Solano County voter initiative to limit garbage importations, will apparently no longer be a factor in efforts to block the planned Potrero Hills Landfill expansion.

The California Court of Appeal’s First Appellate District has ruled in favor of Solano County and Potrero Hills Landfill. Barring further appeals, the issue would seem to be settled and Measure E gone for good…

“We’re very pleased the court has finally ruled on this,” (Jim) Dunbar said. “This case goes back quite a few years.”

In 2012, the state passed a bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco. It stops counties from limiting garbage coming to privately owned landfills based on area of origins. The legislative bill analysis said the law was a response to Solano County’s Measure E…

Potrero Hills Landfill serves Fairfield and Suisun City, as well as communities in other counties.

The plaintiffs in the Measure E case were the Sierra Club, Northern California Recycling Association and Sustainability, Parks, Recycling & Wildlife Legal Defense Fund.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or beberling@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

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Should Potrero Hills Landfill be allowed to expand?

January 31, 2013

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The results are in, and the community has spoken. In a recent poll conducted online for readers of the Fairfield-Suisun Daily Republic, participants voted overwhelmingly in support of Potrero Hills being allowed to move forward with its approved project – a project that has earned the support of our local government and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission.

Should Potrero Hills Landfill be allowed to expand?

Yes: 60 percent
No: 40 percent

Plan set to generate power from Potrero Hills landfill – North Bay Business Journal

August 6, 2012

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SUISUN CITY — Methane gas from the Potrero Hills landfill will soon be used to fuel state-of-the-art engines producing 9.6 megawatts of green, renewable electric power. This gas would otherwise be wasted and burned in the landfill flare or released into the atmosphere. The power potential is equivalent to eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from the consumption of 40 million gallons of gasoline, or emissions from 1,900 railcars of coal. (Gas produces 52 percent fewer emissions than coal.)

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Potrero Hills Landfill relocating rare salamanders – Daily Republic

January 13, 2012

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FAIRFIELD — A nighttime storm pounds the grassy, rural hills containing Potrero Hills Landfill and a creature seldom seen emerges from burrows and crevices for a rare journey. That’s when it’s California tiger salamander time. That’s when the 8-inch-long black salamander with white or yellow stripes travels through dark fields for up to a mile looking for its breeding pond.

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