Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
To help address questions residents and stakeholders may have regarding the Development Opportunity Site and the BKK Landfill, the City has started the FAQ below. This FAQ is a working list that will be updated throughout the process.
If you have a question that is not listed below, please submit your question through the online form below. As questions are submitted the FAQ will be updated.
Has the City approved the Singpol proposal?The City has NOT approved a project. The City has selected the proposal submitted by Singpol Group LLC and authorized the City Manager to execute a Letter of Intent (LOI). The LOI allows the City and Singpoli to further pursue the feasibility of Singpoli's proposal. The proposal is still a concept and will go through the necessary entitlement process for City approvals, as well as obtain the necessary approvals from the Regulatory Agencies.
What is purposed to be built on top of the landfills?The only components that are purposed to be built on top of the landfills are the Public Park (on top of the Class III - municipal landfill) and the Solar Greenhouse Facilities (on top of the Class I and Class III). This is contingent on approval by the Regulatory Agencies and BKK Corporation (the property owner). It would also go through the necessary City approval process.
Is the BKK Landfill a Superfund site?No. A Superfund site is any land in the United States that has been contaminated by hazardous waste and identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a candidate for cleanup because it poses a risk to human health and/or the environment. EPA has no identified the BKK Landfill as a Superfund site.
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) is the federal program that allows the EPA to fund the cleanup of sites contaminated with hazardous substances and pollutants. CERCLA gives EPA the funds and authority to clean up contaminated sites that are abandoned or have no viable responsible party. Sites managed under this program are referred to as "Superfund" sites.
What is the difference between the Class I and Class III landfills?
Class I is the hazardous waste landfill. The Class III is the municipal solid waste landfill.
What is the status of the Landfill?Currently the Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) and the potentially responsible parties (PRPs) are near completion of the engineering evaluation and cost analysis (EE/CA) for three main landfill systems: cover, gas extraction and treatment, and leachate extraction and treatment. The EE/CA also evaluates the leachate treatment plant (LTP) and liquid disposal options. The EE/CA Report will summarize the Class I Landfill investigations and provide a summary of possible remedies. The draft EE/CA report is expected to be completed in 2019. On a separate timeline, DTSC and the PRPs are conducting a remedial investigation and feasibility study (RI/FS) to determine the nature and extent of groundwater contamination. No date has been determined for the completion of the draft RI/FS report. Based on the findings of the EE/CA and RI/FS and community comments, DTSC will determine and select a final remedy for the Class I Landfill.
Is contamination spreading beyond the borders of the landfill?
There have been no Prop. 65 (also known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986) notices since 2007. In 2010, DTSC evaluated subsurface soils in the residential area and found no evidence that landfill gas was migrating into the area. Currently the EE/CA and RI/FS are evaluating the integrity of the landfill systems and groundwater for potential impacts from the landfill.
Please visit DTSC's website (https://www.envirostor.dtsc.ca.gov/public/) and search "BKK Landfill" for information and documents pertaining to the landfill. For information on the Enforcement/Inspections for the site please visit the following DTSC webpage: https://www.envirostor.dtsc.ca.gov/public/eerp_profile_report?global_id=3002168
What is in the Class I Landfill?The Class I Landfill received residential refuse, commercial and industrial waste, construction and demolition waste, non-hazardous digested and dewatered sewage sludge, and friable and . There is no record of the Class I Landfill receiving radioactive waste.
How much money has Singpoli proposed to spend for their proposed development at BKK?Singpoli has stated its proposed project will be a multi-million dollar investment.
How much money has Singpoli estimated the City of West Covina might receive from their proposed development at BKK (e.g., hotel occupancy tax, property tax, sales tax)?
At this time Singpoli does not have estimated figures for the amount of hotel occupancy tax, property tax, or sales tax the City might receive from the proposed development.
What is DTSC’s role with developments near the Class I Landfill?DTSC does not make decisions regarding land use. However, DTSC will ensure that any development on or near the Class I Landfill or related infrastructure will not have an adverse impact to the integrity of the future remedies for Class I Landfill.