Henrico County residents fight against landfill

By Evrod Cassimy - bio | email

HENRICO COUNTY, VA (WWBT) -  No more waste! That's what residents in this eastern Henrico County neighborhood want. The owners of a landfill in their neighborhood have plans to triple the amount of waste dumped.

"That's horrible!" says resident, Angelise Francis. "It stinks, literally. It's stinks you know? We've got semi tractor trailors traveling 55 miles per hour up and down. It's dirty. It smells."

Francis is one of more than a hundred people who showed up at the Department of Environmental Quality meeting monday night.

Workers at the landfill are only allowed to dump 900 tons of construction and demolition waste a day but if granted a new license, it could allow 35 hundred tons a day. While some residents are outraged, others argued they need the landfill to survive.

"This landfill provides jobs for people that didn't have jobs from the beginning," says landfill employee, Lawrence Pleasant. "So that's the most important because the way the economy is now, there's no jobs."

"It has to be technical issues with the permit that would result...just general opposition we don't have regulatory grounds to deny a permit based on essentially how unpopular it may be," says DEQ representative, Rick Weeks.

Public comment on this issue will be taken until October 28th then the DEQ will begin to make their decision.

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