LA's Waste in Somebody Else's Backyard

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Since 1994, when Los Angeles residents flush their toilets, the waste ends up over the Grapevine in Kern County, where one voter asked the Daily News, "Why would anybody want crap to come to their town? If they don't want it, why would we?" In more elegant form, those questions are on an upcoming Kern County ballot. LA City officials are trying to decide if they should campaign against the June ballot measure which will redirect 750 tons a day of treated sewage from the Green Acres Farm south of Bakersfield. LA calls it "responsible management of biosolids." Kern County farmers call it sludge dumping. We hear more about the Kern County ballot measure that could be very expensive for LA.
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Keep Kern Clean

Green Acres

Wenner's article on sludge debate

Florez on proposed landfill

Florez on sludge contract



Warren Olney


Frances Anderton