Today is the day for you to use your voice! Bill SB1761 will be introduced tomorrow by Senator Sturtevant to the Agricultural Conservation and Natural Resources Committee.
Bill # SB1761 – An abstract of the Bill follows: Landfill permits; adjacent locality approval. Requires that an application for a new solid waste management facility permit or for modification of a permit to allow an existing solid waste management facility to expand or increase its capacity include a certification from the governing body for each locality within a five-mile radius of the facility, other than the locality in which the facility is or will be located unless as otherwise required, granting approval of the facility.
Email or call the following people to express your support. ACT NOW – the deadline for submittal is tonight, 1/23, at midnight.
When you call you can leave a voicemail message or a message with their assistant saying that you are in support of Bill 1761 – give your name and address. When you email or call you can simply state, “My name is ________ and I live at ________ and I stand in support of Bill 1761”. It can be that easy. However, if you wish to share more information of why you are in favor, please do indeed! It is best to use your own words. There is a sample email at the end of this post you can use as reference if you like which includes the issue which prompted the bill listed in bold in the email – impact on the roadways, traffic, etc. Remember, best to use your own words.
Senator Glen H. Sturtevant – District10@senate.virginia.gov – 804-698-7510
Committee Chairman Richard H. Stuart – District28@senate.virginia.gov – 804-698-7528
Committee Members are listed below –
- Senator Emmet W. Hanger – firstname.lastname@example.org – 804-698-7524
- Senator Frank M. Ruff, Jr. – email@example.com (804) 698-7515
- Senator Mark D. Obenshain – firstname.lastname@example.org – 804) 698-7526
- Senator J. Chapman Petersen email@example.com – (804) 698-7534
- Senator David W. Marsden firstname.lastname@example.org – (804) 698-7537
- Senator William M. Stanley, Jr. – email@example.com – 804-698-7520
- Senator Richard H. Black – firstname.lastname@example.org – (804) 698-7513
- Senator Adam P. Ebbin – email@example.com – (804) 698-7530
- Senator Lynwood W. Lewis, Jr. – firstname.lastname@example.org – (804) 698-7506
- Senator A. Benton “Ben” Chafin email@example.com – (804) 698-7538
- Senator Rosalyn R. Dance – firstname.lastname@example.org – (804) 698-7516
- Senator David R. Suetterlein – email@example.com – (804) 698-7519
- Senator T. Montgomery “Monty” Mason – firstname.lastname@example.org – (804) 698-7501
- Senator Jennifer L. McClellan – – email@example.com – (804) 698-7509
Draft Email Example…
Dear Senator _____,
I am a resident of _____ and urge you to support SB1761. This Bill will impose a level of concurrence from adjacent communities on the impact a landfill will have on residents of their community.
Reasons why you should support this Bill:
Regional landfills serving in and out of state customers typically rely on heavy trucks to transport waste to their sites. For example, the recently proposed mega-landfill in Cumberland County will generate over 500 heavy truck trips a day—250 in and 250 out. Increasing the percentage of heavy truck traffic as a percentage of the overall average daily traffic lowers levels of service (LOS) for a given road or transportation network.
The Highway Capacity Manual (TRB; 1985) defines six levels of service. They are given letter designations with level-of-service A representing the best operating conditions and level-of-service F representing the worst. These designations describe the operating conditions within a traffic stream addressing the driver’s freedom to maneuver, comfort, traffic interruptions, speed, travel time, and most importantly safety.
Today, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) requires a TIA for any rezoning proposal that will generate more than 5000 vehicles. No requirement exists for a TIA in rural localities for mega-landfills like the one in Cumberland County that will use hundreds of heavy trucks to bring trash from both inside and outside of Virginia to the site.
Yet, it is widely recognized that the projected 500 heavy trucks a day serving that site will have a detrimental effect not only on Route 60, a rural two-lane highway, but will also seriously impact the transportation network of other localities in the region. Public policy makers, citizens, and developers all have a stake in understanding and responding to additional demands on the transportation network. All share the common interest of a safe and efficient transportation network.
A properly developed traffic impact analysis can provide the factual basis for good decision-making and facilitate the timely implementation of effective mitigation measures when mega-landfills are being considered. Unfortunately, this is not being done today in conjunction with mega-landfill rezoning decisions where heavy truck traffic can decrement local and regional transportation networks and compromise public safety.
Thank you for using your voice!
*Some information proved by PCA