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The Project

The Area Need

The Puente Hills Landfill which currently serves the Pomona area is scheduled to close in 2013. As a result Municipal Solid Waste will be forced to move longer distances thereby increasing costs which in turn affects future rates. Transfer Stations are designed to efficiently move solid waste long distances. The Pomona Valley Transfer Station is needed to consolidate waste into transfer trucks that have three times the capacity of a collection truck. By consolidating the loads we are reducing the cost of transporting to a distant landfill thereby managing future rates.

Arial view from NinthLocation and History

The proposed location for the Pomona Valley Transfer Station is a 10.5 acre site located at 1371 E. Ninth Street in Pomona. This site has been zoned for General Industry for decades. In 1999 a Solid Waste Ad Hoc Committee was appointed by the Pomona City Council to study, identify and recommend the best location for a Solid Waste Transfer Station facility.

After much consideration and review of over 20 other potential locations the proposed Pomona Valley Transfer Station site was chosen by the Ad Hoc Committee as the best location for such a facility. To date this remains the only thorough and objective study done on the issue.

The proposed site was chosen for having met all site criteria set as a result of the study. The criteria included but was not limited to:

  • Size of Site – large enough for operations and prevent back-ups onto city streets

  • Zoning – General Industrial

  • Proximity to Residence and Schools – minimum distance of 1,000 feet

  • Proximity to Freeways – accessible to and from freeway while minimizing traffic over city surface streets

  • Streets (Traffic Index Value) – in order to minimize wear and tear on city streets the site should be located on or near streets with traffic index value of 6 or more

Two criteria that have engendered concern are Traffic and Proximity. With regard to Traffic, nearby residential streets will not be affected. The trucks entering and exiting the facility will have designated direct routes (pdf) they will be required to travel, which include access to and from nearby freeways. The impacts of these routes are minimal due to the existing levels of truck traffic. Regarding Proximity, the site is over 2,000 feet away from the nearest school, double the stated criteria and again located in a General Industrial area.

Facility and Environment

LEED GoldThe overall project design of the Pomona Valley Transfer Station has received a Gold LEED Certification (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design). LEED is an internationally recognized standard of the U.S. Green Building Council for environmentally friendly construction. LEED measures performance in energy usage/savings and environment protections such as water table impact and CO2 emissions reduction. The Pomona Valley Transfer Station is the only proposed facility considered by the City of Pomona to even apply for LEED Certification.

The proposed facility is a state of the art, completely enclosed facility. It is equipped with a high-tech odor and ventilation system, any potential odors would be completely neutralized by the non-toxic, natural enzyme system. The facility will also incorporate Solar Power and Translucent Panels. Furthermore, the site would also include an on-site CNG fueling facility. The project’s stated use of CNG fueled trucks as opposed to diesel vehicles would fully mitigate potential risk exposure impacts from diesel particulate matter. In addition, NO Hazardous Waste will be accepted at this facility by State Law.

Local and Area Benefits

OfficeThe Pomona Valley Transfer Station brings with it many local and area benefits. To begin, reduced area traffic congestion due to the fact that smaller vehicle loads are transferred into larger vehicles at a ratio of 3 to 1. Add to that the fact that due to use of CNG vehicles the area benefits from reduced truck air emissions. Futhermore, the use of CNG fueled trucks mitigates potential risk exposure impacts from diesel particulate matter.

The local economy benefits from a project that will generate $14 million dollars of new construction, not to mention the large number of construction jobs. Construction permits and an increase in property taxes from the valuation of a state of the art facility along with the infusion of revenue from the purchase of materials and the use of local support services add to the benefits brought by this project. When completed the Pomona Valley Transfer Station will provide 50 new permanent jobs with benefits that include health care and retirement. Finally, the project will generate nearly One Million Dollars in annual host fees to the City of Pomona, money that could be used to provide revenue for public safety and other essential city services.