Possible vote tonight on landfill expansion in Chesterfield

By Sunni Blevins   bio | email 
Posted by Steve Taggart

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - You'll get a chance tonight to voice your opinion about plans to expand the Chesterfield landfill.

In the past four months, the planning commission has postponed voting on this issue three times.

The people who own the landfill say this isn't so much about expansion as it is opening up part of the existing landfill that's off limits right now.

It's Shoosmith Brothers that wants permission to allow more dumping on its existing property.

Shoosmith owns the granite quarry on the property, but is not allowed to dump there while there is active mining. The company is asking the county to add waste into the quarry and also wants out of state trash to be distributed throughout the landfill rather than all kept in one area.

In the past residents have said they don't have a problem with Shoosmith's request as long as it doesn't add to what they say is already a problem.

In the past six years, the DEQ has received about 250 complaints about the landfill's smell.

"I don't need anything hi-tech," said Tim Vermaaten of Chesterfield. "All I need is my nose. If I smell the trash it tells me something's not being done."

If you have an opinion, you can voice it at tonight's public hearing. It's set for 6 p.m. inside the public meeting room here at the Government Complex off Iron Bridge Road.

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