Lawsuit Seeks to Protect San Diego Drinking Water Supply, Critical Habitat, Sacred Sites
LOS ANGELES (June 14, 2011) – A proposed landfill near San Diego threatens a critical drinking water source, endangered species habitat, and sacred Native American lands, according to a lawsuit filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club, RiverWatch, and the Pala Band of Mission Indians. The lawsuit contends the County of San Diego’s Department of Environmental Health failed to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) when issuing a recent solid waste facility permit for the proposed Gregory Canyon landfill in northern San Diego County. “It’s reckless to build a garbage dump next to a location that directly threatens critical drinking water sources for San Diego County residents,” said Damon Nagami, staff attorney with NRDC. The landfill threatens two pipelines that supply most of the drinking water used in San Diego County, the Pala ...