The plan by Glendale Water and Power to build a 12-megawatt biogas plant at the Scholl Canyon landfill near Eagle Rock has been stopped – for now. Following a full court press by Councilmember José Huizar, his staff, the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council and several community groups and individuals, a 2-to-1 majority of Glendale’s City Planning Commission told GWP to do a full environmental impact report before any plan could be approved.
Leaders in Eagle Rock have faulted Glendale for failing to consider the health, safety and environmental impacts on Eagle Rock of changes at Scholl Canyon. A full environmental impact report will give more detail about potential pollution and safety hazards as well as alternatives considered for the methane gas emitted by the landfill.
The Glendale commissioners seemed inclined to eventually approve the proposal, saying that they were requiring a review to be responsive to public demand and not because they expected the plan to be derailed.