Environmental justice and protection of our environment are two key components of the opposition to the proposed 1200 acre mega landfill in Cumberland County, VA. Environmental justice is discussed by all agencies – local, state and national. If you listen to any of the meetings of the Virginia Air Control Board, the Virginia Water Control Board, the Solid Waste Management Board, you will know it is a key issue. There is much discussion but we all should remember actions speak louder than words. The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) just recently hired an Environmental Justice Director with her first day on the job being today. This is after several months of research addressing the responsibilities associated with the position and searching for the right person to fill the position.
In the meantime, various groups and organizations continue to fight for things that rightfully belong to local residents and not corporations – who only see dollar signs. There is so much more to this proposed landfill, digging for gold in Buckingham County, or expanding Charles City landfills that money cannot buy. Why should local residents be asked to give up their land which has been in the family for generations just so some “outsiders” can make a dollar? It is not right and we all must continue to oppose these wrongdoings.
Protection of our environment is also important. It is stated that water will become a costly commodity in the future if we do not protect our environment – our water, our wetlands, and our wildlife. Just look at what the recent changes in the weather patterns are doing to our environment. Places that used not to flood are now flooding. Wild fires, tornadoes, and hurricanes are occurring in locations where once they were few and far between. These natural happenings are taking lives and destroying land. You have to ask yourself, why then would we want a corporation come in a purposely destroy our land. We don’t – so we must continue to fight for what is right and stop the proposed mega landfill and many other proposed, adverse projects across Virginia.
May Community Townhall Meeting
May 16, 2021, is the date of the CCLA May Community Townhall meeting. The meeting was changed to the third Sunday of the month so everyone could enjoy Mother’s Day with family and loved ones. The Cumberland County Administrator is scheduled to speak to our group about things happening in Cumberland County not related to the proposed landfill. Following the meeting, there are plans for a lite meal of hamburgers and hot dogs to be served for a small donation. More information on this will be posted next week. Just remember the date May 16th at 3 p.m. at 11 Davenport Road, Cumberland, VA.
Dollars and Cents
Everyone hates to bring up the subject of dollars and cents, but sometimes it is necessary. CCLA, like many others, were limited with holding fundraisers over the last year plus due to the pandemic. However, the Eager Beavers (our fundraising committee) are hard at work putting together plans for a couple of functions in the coming months. One of these is the Fourth (4th) Annual BBQ in October — yes, CCLA is headed into its 4th year of existence. So, the group will be seeking your support to make donations, help with the functions, and giving of some of your time.
CCLA is currently working on getting the necessary paperwork done so we can set up a booth at the Goochland and Powhatan Farmer’s Markets. If you can volunteer a few hours on Tuesday evenings or Thursdays, please let us know by e-mailing us at NoMegaLandfill@LoveCentralVA.com. We will have goodie bags to give out, t-shirts for sale, and will have yard signs available at each location. Please volunteer to help us.
Words of Thanks
CCLA tries hard not to pass up an opportunity to say “Thank You”. We recognize that without you and all of your support, we could be faced with a far different situation with the proposed mega landfill than what we are. THANK YOU — THANK YOU — THANK YOU for all your support and hard work.