The year of 2020 is almost half over – it has been a rocky year so far with the pandemic and other events. Let us look forward to better things in the second half of 2020.
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE (EJ)
This is a key issue in the fight to prevent the proposed mega landfill from becoming a reality in Cumberland County. The Virginia General Assembly passed legislation during their session earlier this year concerning this issue. The Virginia Department of Transportation has it as one of the items to consider when dealing with highway and traffic issues. Governor Northam considers this a priority item for Virginia.
The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recently engaged Metropolitan Group and Skeo Solutions to complete an independent study. The study group was tasked with looking at the DEQ processes, resources, authority, and strategic plan, as well as other areas. The group interviewed 75 people representing the various stakeholders – EJ communities and organizations, environmental organizations, regulated agriculture and industry, local government, state environmental boards and DEQ staff.
The study group presented their preliminary findings during a webinar last week. They had over 600 participants. You can view a copy of the recorded webinar, download the presentation slides, or access the post-webinar survey, by visiting: www.DEQ.Virginia.gov/ConnectWithDEQ/EnvironmentalJustice.aspx
Do not hesitate to submit your questions and your comment to the group after viewing the webinar.
DEQ has stated they are committed to making changes in their department. Only time will tell if this is true. In the meantime, keep sending your letters to DEQ, Delegates, Senators, local government, and to the media letting them know you oppose this proposed mega landfill and the reasons for your position.
“IT’S NOT A DONE DEAL”