Another week has passed, and the good news is most of Virginia is now in Phase 1 of reopening businesses and getting our economy back on track. However, it is still key to follow the guidance of local, state, and national health guidance by continuing to practice social distancing, wash your hands often, and wear a face mask when in public. We certainly do not want to go back to where we were two months ago.
MEETING DATE CORRECTION — The date for the next CCLA Community Townhall meeting is June 14th at 3 p.m. This was incorrectly posted as June 12th in last week’s post. We are not sure if the meeting will be in person, virtual, or a combination of both. A lot will depend on what restrictions the State is under in June.
We recieved a response back from DEQ to our letter of April 24, 2020, adressing the unsuitability of the proposed mega landfill site in Cumberland County. The letter did state that neither the Notice of Intent (NOI) nor Part A have been approved by DEQ. Both letters are attached for your convenience.
The current five members of the Cumberland County Board of Supervisors have not addressed anything concerning the proposed mega landfill in any of their board meetings since starting in January 2020. It is not because CCLA has not addressed several issues concerning the proposed mega landfill. We have included them in all of our correspondence to the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and other government agencies. CCLA’s attorney addressed the Board of Supervisors at the February meeting during the Public Comment period and provided each of them a hard copy of our major concerns with the proposed mega landfill. CCLA sent a very detailed letter to the Board of Supervisors addressing discrepancies between what Green Ridge/County Waste reported at the committee hearings on two landfill bills during the General Assembly session and what CCLA could verify with available documentation. We requested they answer our concerns since the Cumberland County Board of Supervisors signed the Amended Host Agreement. Their response is attached so you can see for yourself what they offered. It is noted, this letter was never discussed at any of the Board meetings even though it was personally addressed to all the Board members by individual names.
CCLA’s Leadership Team has heard on more than one occasion that the current board members are not receiving e-mails or letters from people who are opposed to the proposed mega landfill. We do not know if they are looking at the records since March 2018 when citizens first started expressing their opposition to the proposed mega landfill as there was and continues to be plenty of opposition to this project. So, we are requesting each of you send an e-mail or letter to each member of the Cumberland County Board of Supervisors listed below and express your opposition to the proposed mega landfill. It can be just a simple statement such as: “I do not support the proposed Green Ridge/County Waste mega landfill for Cumberland County, Virginia”. Be sure you sign it. Or you can go into more detail, but the important thing is to let your voice be heard.
Website: cumberlandcounty.virginia.gov/board-supervisors. E-mail addresses: Brian Stanley, District 1 – firstname.lastname@example.org; Ron Tavernier, District 2 – email@example.com; Eurika Tyree, District 3 – firstname.lastname@example.org; Gene Brooks, District 4 – email@example.com; and, Robert Saunders, Jr, District 5 – firstname.lastname@example.org. Regular mail – P. O. Box 110, Cumberland, VA 23040
We are asking you do do this even if you are not a resident of Cumberland County because your voice in this matter is important no matter where you live. This proposed landfill is not good for Cumberland County, the State of Virginia, or the East Coast!!
Be careful and stay healthy and COVID19 free.