The CCLA team has been spreading the word opposing the landfill and have had questions from residents of both Cumberland and Powhatan counties. You may also have questions, some may be answered here. If not, respond to this message in the comment section.
1-This is going to happen anyway, right? (it’s a done deal)
A. Not at all. Cumberland Supervisors approved the land use and an agreement spelling out the terms of operation. Virginia State departments; DEQ (Dept. of Environmental Quality) and VDOT (Dept. of Transportation) must now evaluate the impact to road safety and the environment
2- When will the landfill begin operation?
A. If approved, 12 to 24 months
3- Where will it be located?
A. Within ¼ mile (1,320ft.) from the Western Powhatan county line
4- How big is this landfill?
A. 1,200 acres – it is considered a mega-landfill
5- I thought only Cumberland residents could oppose the landfill?
A. No, any Virginia resident can oppose the landfill and sign the petition
6- I don’t live anywhere near that location, why should I be concerned?
A. If you get drinking water from a well, if you drive on Rts. 60, 522, 711, 13, if you have children that take a school bus, you need to be concerned. Further explained below.
7- There are trash trucks traveling throughout Powhatan today what will be different?
A. There are three differences: volume, destination, and timing.
Volume: County Waste estimates 850 trucks per day, 6 days per week, 18 hrs. per day. All travelling through Powhatan. Five Hundred from as far as New York, New Jersey, Maryland, the Carolinas and Georgia
Destination: Local trucks 350 + 500 semi trucks will ALL HEAD TO THE LANDFILL ON LOCAL ROADS and on a two lane section of Rt. 60. THIS WILL ACT AS A FUNNEL WHERE ALL TRUCKS WILL CONVERGE ONTO RT. 60 FROM RT. 288 and 522 TO THE LANDFILL.
Timing: Local trucks will begin pickup and delivery of trash from 6AM to 6PM. Assuming perfect conditions. Semi trucks will arrive from 6PM until Midnight (or after) again assuming perfect conditions.
Carson Tucker – Powhatan’s Chairman of the Board of Supervisors said publicly that, “there will be on average a trash truck every 58 seconds” traveling through Powhatan.
8- How will the environment be affected? The landfill will have liners and drain systems to stop toxic water from seeping into the ground.
A. No liner can stop toxic water penetration. Liners typically are guaranteed for 30 years by the manufacturer and typically the owner needs to monitor for that period. Chemicals in household trash (particularly plastics) cause liners to deteriorate faster forming holes for water seepage. This landfill will operate for up to 35 years and then it’s covered for eternity. It’s not a question of “if” it’s a question of “when” it will leak. This landfill is in the Central Virginia Seismic Zone and prone to earthquakes which if severe enough (in the year 2011 a 5.8 magnitude quake was centered just 30 miles away) will tear the liner and allow toxic water penetration into our source of drinking water.
There are wetlands on the property. These wetlands act as filtering agents for surface-water which seeps into ground water for drinking. Heavy wet periods cause the toxic water to flow into the wetlands polluting them. Toxic runoff will also flow into the James and Appomattox Rivers during heavy wet periods which are just a couple of miles away.
9- Why was this landfill needed and why was this location chosen?
A. No, this landfill wasn’t needed as there are several others in the area with many years remaining to operate.
The location was chosen for Opportunity reasons. Cumberland is a poor county (2nd poorest in VA) and needed the money, the land was available, County Waste has no landfill currently, they must pay “tipping fees” to a landfill owner to dispose of their trash. It is close to interstate roadways (Rt. 288, 64).
If you have a question that wasn’t answered here let us know. Remember to spread the word about this proposed mega dump!
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