Now it is up to Virginia state officials to make the final determination as to the viability of such a project. Both the Department of Environmental Quality and Virginia Department of Transportation have the final word. There is a public comment period where we all will be heard.
This is where you come in!
Together we have a good chance of stopping this horrible scourge on our land. By signing the petition that follows you are making a statement that you oppose this landfill for the reasons stated. A group has been formed (LoveCentralVA, LLC) that will forward this petition to the proper officials at the proper time.
PLEASE HELP YOUR COMMUNITY AND NEIGHBORS BY SIGNING THE PETITION
Whereas, the decision by Cumberland County Board of Supervisors to approve a 1,200 acre landfill site jeopardizes the environmental safety of surface water runoff into wetlands and streams, the impact to well water, property values, general way of life, effects of geologic events on the landfill, and potential of uncontained fire at the landfill site;
Whereas, this landfill will be the third largest on the East coast, according to the owner / operator, who anticipates this site to be operational for between 25 and 35 years making construction material deterioration almost assured during this time. This deterioration will contaminate soil and water with negative impact on rivers and streams in the area and ultimately contributing to Chesapeake Bay pollution;
Whereas, streams and creeks on, or adjacent to, the landfill property flow into either the James or Appomattox Rivers, and while all design and construction technology may meet required standards each landfill site is unique whereby special consideration must be applied;
Whereas, Channel 6 Weather June 1, 2018 Richmond International Airport received 10.35" of rainfall, making it the wettest May in Richmond weather history, which goes back to 1872. This total was more than six inches above normal, and just missed making the top ten wettest months ever by 1.07”. US Weather Bureau reported between 6 and 8 inches in Cumberland VA*. This amount of rainfall questions the ability of holding ponds to contain runoff;*Source:weather.gov/images/akq/monthly_RF_analysis/COOP_MONTHLY_RAIN_IMAGE_MAY2018.png
Whereas, all residents of both Powhatan and Cumberland counties within a 5 mile radius of the landfill site use shallow (<200ft.) wells for drinking water;
Whereas, the Central Virginia Seismic Zone extends to the landfill site and with the most recent large earthquake that occurred on August 23, 2011, a magnitude 5.8 quake centered near Mineral, Virginia (followed by a 4.5 aftershock) and another earlier in 2003, a 4.5 magnitude quake had struck nearby in Goochland County exceeds State of Virginia parameters for locating a landfill site*; *Source: virginiaplaces.org/geology/quake.html, State Code of Virginia 9VAC20-81-120, http://register.dls.virginia.gov/details.aspx?id=5402
Whereas, in the USA there are around 8300 landfill fires per year*, rural communities utilize volunteer first-responders thereby making response time to a fire a great concern for woodland and personal property destruction additionally the threat of a fire spreading is exacerbated by the location of the landfill being in a heavily wooded area, having less than adequate water supply in the surrounding area;*Source: https://nfa.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/statistics/v1i18-508.pdf
Whereas, this decision for landfill site on Rt.60 jeopardizes the safety of passenger vehicles, farm vehicles, school children both waiting for, and departing from, and riding in school busses, for the safety of mail delivery personnel and commercial vehicles;
Whereas, this landfill will generate a predicted 500 (round trip) large semi trailer type trucks weighing 80,000 lbs, when full, coming into the landfill nightly. 85% of these trucks will be coming from the East through Powhatan county on a two lane stretch of Rt.60. This road along with other "feeder" roads such as Routes 522, 6, 15, 45, 24, and others contain hundreds of private driveways (approximately 550 on Rt.60 and Rt.522 alone) where the flow of traffic is interrupted by families entering and leaving their homes, especially during the hours of 6pm through 8 pm when these trucks will be on the road and people are coming home from work and other activities. These rural roads have little to no lighting, no place to pull over in an emergency, minimal passing and a large wildlife population adding to the hazardous nature of the roadway;
Whereas, daytime traffic will include residential trash collection trucks (360), residents using the convenience center, employee and contractor vehicles with 80% coming from the West through Cumberland county. These trucks will compete with a multitude of school bus stops, mail delivery trucks and local traffic;
Whereas, trucks will traverse Powhatan county on Rt.60 from it’s Eastern border with Chesterfield county to its Western border with Cumberland County and Rt. 522 from Maidens to the intersection of Rt.60 where trucks will travel West on a two lane section of Rt.60, six days per week and at a minimum 18 hrs. per day. In a 2016 Rt.60 Corridor Study conducted by VDOT, the section of Rt.60 from Ballsville Road to Ridge Road was ranked 78th (out of 100) in accidents and fatalities from Hanover Va. to the North Carolina border. Once again, adding to the hazardous nature of the roadway;
Whereas, occasional delays due to heavy traffic volumes, inclement weather, accidents etc. may cause trucks destined for the landfill to take alternate routes for the sake of time. This then makes Rt.711 and Rt.13 prime alternate routes. These are rural roads with restrictive speeds, very limited passing areas, very limited visibility and often slower moving vehicles. This creates a significant risk of accidents;
The undersigned residents of Virginia counties respectfully demand that the permit application submitted by County Waste/Green Ridge be denied for the above stated reasons.