This was the scene along route 60 west in Powhatan County about 6:30 a.m. Friday, April 9th. A County Waste (who owns Green Ridge and is owned by GFL out of Canada) trash truck caught on fire. Fortunately, an employee smelled something burning and called 911. He was advised to pull off the road and dump the trash from the truck – which he did. This incident tied up traffic on route 60 for HOURS as the local and state law enforcement, the emergency fire crew, and others fought to get the fire under control and the trash loaded and on the way. The hazmat team was called in since there was toxic danger present – both air and ground. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but is rumored to have started when someone threw a BBQ grill with hot coals in a dumpster that was then emptied into the trash truck. We can expect more of these kind of accidents to occur on local highways leading to the proposed Green Ridge/County Waste if the landfill becomes a reality. Just image, if this accident had occurred on the two-lane section of route 60 close to the proposed entrance to the proposed landfill. Strong reason why we need to continue the fight to stop this proposed mega landfill. No one was hurt in this accident – which is a blessing.
Summary of Sunday’s Townhall Meeting
Thank you to all who attended yesterday’s Community Townhall meeting. It was great to see several of you in person. We apologize for the poor quality of the audio of the meeting. The location of the meeting does not have internet capability; therefore, we have to depend on the phone system. Hopefully by next month we will have the audio concerns worked out or just have an in-person meeting. A lot depends on the COVID restrictions.
Gustavo Angeles from the Sierra Club spoke briefly about Senator Hashmi’s bills in the 2021 General Assembly session. Senate Bill 1319 – Waste Diversion & Recycling Task Force; Department of Environmental Quality to continue Task Force – did pass. The summary of the bill is “Requests the Department of Environmental Quality to continue and expand the scope and membership of the Waste Diversion and Recycling Task Force. The bill direct the Task Force to hold its firs meeting of the 2021 interim no later than October 15, 2021, and to publish an executive summary and a report of its findings and recommendations no later than November 1, 2022.” Gustavo stated he is monitoring this area for the date when the task force will meet so he can provide the information to us.
The Leadership Team then provided an update on the status of the NOI and Part A application, water permit, financial, fundraising, and other areas. This was followed by a comment period and question and answer period. Great discussion by all who attended. Yard signs and roadside banners are now available at no cost — it is important to get them displayed. If interested in obtaining yard signs or roadside banners, please e-mail us at NoMegaLandfill@LoveCentralVA.com.
Farmville Herald Poll Results
The Farmville Herald newspaper recently completed a poll using the following question: “Do you support the Green Ridge landfill being placed in Cumberland County?” Out of approximately 500 people who responded the results were:
NO – 90% Yes – 8% No Opinion – 2%
Guess that sends a clear message to Green Ridge/County Waste – WE DO NOT WANT THE PROPOSED LANDFILL!!!!
Quick Reminder: Cumberland County Board of Supervisors’ regular monthly meeting is Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at the county courthouse at 7 p.m.
Your Support is Greatly Appreciated — this cannot be said often enough. THANK YOU.