SIMI VALLEY – Waste Management Inc. applied Wednesday to Ventura County to double the size of the Simi Valley Landfill, which would expand the dump site to 371 acres from 185 acres. Under the plan, an additional 516 acres would be set aside as a buffer area and wildlife habitat, and Waste Management officials said they are in discussions with the Nature Conservancy to preserve Alamos Canyon, a wildlife area west of the landfill and east of Moorpark College. “We are proposing several improvements to ensure that the needs of our customers are met well into the future,” said Mike Smith, market area general manager for Waste Management. Without the expansion, Ventura County’s two landfills will reach capacity in about 20 years, officials said, adding that under current dumping permits the county will be generating more trash than it is permitted to receive in three to five years. Simi Valley City Councilwoman Barbra Williamson was in the process of forming a citizens committee on her own to gather information regarding potential landfill expansion, and said she was surprised by the announcement Wednesday. “They have a long way to go under their current permit,” Williamson said, adding she could not comment specifically on the expansion proposal because she had not seen a copy of the permit application yet. Williamson said that like other local government leaders her primary concerns included the potential for increasing truck traffic and filling up the landfill with waste from other counties. “I don’t want Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino bringing their waste here. If this landfill is in Ventura County, it should be for Ventura County trash,” she said. Waste Management officials say about 75 percent of the trash deposited at the Simi Valley Landfill comes from Ventura County, with the remainder coming from other counties. The Simi Valley Landfill is located in the hills at the northwestern end of Simi Valley, north of Madera Road and the 118 Freeway. People who want more information about the proposal may telephone Waste Management at (805) 579-7267, extension 239 or visit www.keepingventuracountyclean.com. [email protected] (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!