Not a Done Deal!
Not a Done Deal!
When this mess began last year, June 2018, a member of CCLA spoke to a “dump fighter” from another state. During that conversation, he was clear about two things…
“#1 Stay Focused on The Goal – To Stop the Dump!
#2 It can be stopped at any point! Never consider it unstoppable unless and until the first piece of garbage arrives.”
…we CCLA will add that at times, landfills have been stopped after operation began.
By the way, he, along with a team of four others stopped their proposed dump! Seems that his advice was and still is, for us, spot on! With that being said…
Rumor has it that those in positions of the “know” are saying that County Waste’s / Greenridge’s proposed mega multi-state dump is “A Done Deal”. That statement is a LIE. This is NOT A DONE DEAL! Don’t believe the rumors and consider that maybe those rumors are being spread to discourage us who are working to stop the proposed mega-dump. Possibly, those rumors are coming from the perspective that the county, by the board of supervisors’ signing the host agreement last year, has done its part and considering their part a done deal.
As the quote goes,
”Keep the lie big, keep it simple, keep saying it and eventually they will believe it.”
The facts in short order are this:
1. Cumberland County Board of Supervisors signed the Host Agreement on August 2nd, 2018. After that act and especially after the act of adjusting the host agreement’s terms, the BOS is no longer involved in the next steps of County Waste’s attempt to bring the proposed mega dump to reality.
2. The next step in this process, is for County Waste to submit the Notice of Intent (NOI) to the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Although County Waste stated their intention to have it file by now, to date, the NOI has not been submitted.
Now on to the fun stuff…
SHINDIG Event – Saturday, October 12th 5:00 to 9:00
Hopefully by now you have heard of our upcoming fundraising event – we are SO EXCITED to say we will be hosting our very own CCLA SHINDIG!!!
This is going to be a great night for friends and family! We will have a DJ, dancing, kids contest, cake walk, silent auction, BBQ dinner, hotdogs, bake sale, and announcing that raffle winner (whew..)! Our largest fund-raising event of the year! Come out, have some fun, support the cause, and help us reach our goal!
Feel free to print off the flyer to hand out, post at work, at church, etc. and please invite your friends and family!
Raffle Ticket Books and Silent Auction Spaces – still available! We have some remaining raffle ticket books if you’d like to help us sell tickets – let us know! We have a few slots left in our Silent Auction. If you know someone who would consider donating items or gift certificates from their business or you have things that are in excellent shape and you will never use, please consider donating for our silent auction, we really want to fill all our slots!
Mark your calendar for Saturday October 12th and we look forward to seeing you for an evening of FUN!
Status and Updates
As stated in prior posts and during our community monthly meetings, we will keep you informed of the process as we are made aware. Our goal is to provide accurate, factual, and relevant information about the process and status of the proposed mega-dump. We are unable to share through social media all of our efforts for confidentiality and strategic purposes. We will keep you informed as to the status of the process and update you with pertinent public efforts.
Since we covered the Status under Not A Done Deal, we will move on to updates…
Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Meeting
Earlier this month, members of the CCLA Leadership Team, along with our partners and friends of PineGrove Project/AMMD met with DEQ’s Regional Office Staff. Those representatives have agreed to share information through various means and to meet with members of the community to explain the process if/when the NOI has been submitted. We keep you updated with more details at that time.
Virginia Council on Environmental Justice (VCEJ)Meeting
Virginia Council on Environmental Justice met on September 18th. (For more information about the Council, please visit them here VCEJ). The first meeting that members attended was in July and you can read more about that meeting here July’s meeting article. During the meeting on September 18th, a few members addressed the Council to express their concerns. Mr. Patrick McSweeney, who is representing you through CCLA dba LoveCentralVA was present and spoke on our behalf. Mr. McSweeney’s main focus was on the Environmental Injustice in this situation and the need to have an Environmental Impact Statement completed. Mr. McSweeney will explain more in detail during our monthly Community Townhall Meeting scheduled for October 13th.
We must stay focused on the goal – to stop County Waste’s/Greenridge’s proposed mega-dump! It can be so easy to become distracted as many factors play into the fight, the fight could be on a global scale, many angles can be taken, and on and on. CCLA, along with other groups, individual citizens, and professionals are working for the goal.
As always, thank you for your involvement, support, prayers, and donations towards our community effort to protect our air, water, safety, and way of life by working to stop the proposed mega-dump. Reminder to “Stay Focused on The Goal – To Stop the Dump!” and know that “It can be stopped at any point!”.
Please note that until further notice all official CCLA Updates and Status Reports will come through our website www.LoveCentralVA.com
We will post on our website and then link the blog post to the Facebook page. This is the ensure consistent, factual, and relevant information from one source.