General Assembly Update
The General Assembly is still in session as of today. The latest on SB1318 regarding environmental justice; interagency working group failed to pass the Senate. SB1319 concerns strengthening SJ 42 which passed in 2020 where the Waste Diversion and Recycling Task Force was created. A version of this bill appears to have been passed by the House and Senate.
There were a lot of bills before the General Assembly this session concerning environmental justice and other environmental issues. The one thing all of us need to remember is we have only one environment whether we live in a metro area or in a rural area and it is our duty and responsibility to protect it. Both local and state officials need to look beyond the dollar signs when considering a new industry for Virginia and look at what damage it can do to our environment and environmental justice issues.
Green Ridge (GFL) Advertising
Two more mass mailers from Green Ridge (GFL) were received last week. One (we call the Pink Pig) states “Green Ridge will help Cumberland County: Lower real estate taxes and avoid a 24% real estate property tax increase …” This is incorrect information since the Cumberland County Board of Supervisors is responsible for setting the real estate property tax rate each year as part of the budgetary process. The last one stated “Three New Parks in Cumberland County”. All this advertising from a company whose parent company is showing a loss of $994.9M for 2020????
WTVR CBS 6 posted on Feb 24, 2021 an article entitled “Cumberland County is getting three new parks” Chairman of the Cumberland County Board of Supervisors is quoted as saying “The COVID situation has caused difficult times for Cumberland County. Self-imposed quarantine and limited school hours have had a negative impact on our citizens, adults and children alike. Most of the county lacks recreational facilities for people to venture outside and safely get some exercise.”
He goes on to state “This commitment will provide all Cumberland citizens the access to facilities to enjoy and to foster a healthier lifestyle.” Why is this needed since we live in a rural area and have plenty of open space with fresh, clean air uncontaminated by a smelling landfill, fresh water to drink which is not contaminated by leachate from a landfill, and plenty of space to walk as most residents own some land and do not live on top of each other. There are Bear Creek and High Bridge State Parks which were open during COVID. Bear Creek offers fishing, hiking, and various other activities. Not to mention the outside tracks, etc. at the schools were also available for walking and so on.
Mark Your Calendar
March 14, 2021 – This is the date of the next CCLA Community Townhall meeting. Based on the COVID 19 guidelines issued by Governor Northam, this will be a virtual meeting. The time for the meeting is 3 p.m. and our scheduled guest speaker is Delegate Lee Ware from Powhatan. He plans to provide us with an update on the General Assembly actions. More information to follow.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
For your letters to the editor of local newspapers, your letters to local, state and government officials; for attending Board of Supervisors meetings; and for the many things you do to STOP the proposed mega landfill from becoming a reality in our county. Please keep up your proactive actions — they are greatly appreciated.
We look forward to the day we can have in-person meetings. In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments, please e-mail us at NoMegaLandfill@LoveCentralVA.com. Have a great week – drier weather is headed our way and spring is knocking at our door.