LOS ANGELES - On May 23, the City of Los Angeles' Office of Zoning Administration determined that the proposed Athens Sun Valley Material Recovery Facility and Transfer Station must undergo further review and public scrutiny before transforming what is now a low-impact recycling facility into a major trash processing plant.
[Read the report from the Zoning Administrator below.]
In response, Councilmember Paul Krekorian, who represents the region, issued the following statement:
“Residents of the Northeast Valley have long endured the negative impacts associated with the high concentration of landfills, recycling centers and other industrial uses. This significant decision comes after a nearly two-year battle my office and the community has jointly waged to ensure that the people of Sun Valley have a voice in this project. It affirms our commitment to providing the public with an open, transparent and fair process concerning a project with potentially negative impacts on our local neighborhoods.
“This week's determination about the Athens site is a victory for all of Sun Valley. I thank the Zoning Administrator for his impartial analysis and careful consideration of this important matter, and I look forward to working with all stakeholders in the greater Sun Valley community toward implementing consistent environmental practices among all waste processing facilities.
“While I applaud the decision, I continue to call on Athens to work closely with the Department of City Planning and our affected communities to craft the best possible project that will protect residents and bring a measure of environmental justice to a community that has suffered too much for too long."
Read the report from the Zoning Administrator:
Athens Determination Findings