HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A private landfill in Henrico County has been denied a request to bring in a potentially harmful waste product.
After 3 hours and 30 minutes Thursday morning, the Henrico Board of Zoning Appeals denied that request by The East End Landfill to accept coal ash at the Darbytown Road facility.
Coal ash is created when coal is burned for electricity. According to national news reports, it's been known to contain arsenic, lead, and mercury.
Almost a dozen people, mostly residents of Eastern Henrico, spoke in opposition to the plan. They were surprised to learn that the landfill had been accepting coal ash as structural fill -not waste deposits- since 2009, with the backing of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.
Landfill management was disappointed, but vowed to exhaust all avenues in obtaining the material for future use at the site.
"We're managing the material as the DEQ says it should be managed in the most environmentally safe way it can be managed," said Mathew Appelget, CEO of East End Resource Recovery.