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Cumberland Landfill Moves into Next Phase

A sign in front of an abandoned building
The Pine Grove School is a former Rosenwald School and its neighbor could be a mega landfill. (Photo: Ian Stewart/WCVE)

The company proposing a new landfill in Cumberland County has moved forward with the state permitting process. That means the almost 500 square acre Green Ridge Recycling and Disposal facility could be one step closer to reality.

Cumberland County resident Betty Myers has been waiting almost a year for Green Ridge to file what’s called a “Notice of Intent” with Virginia's DEQ. She’s part of a group of activists fighting the landfill since the Board of Supervisors approved it in 2018.

“We’re not giving up this fight by no means right now," said Myers.

Myers says her group will be sending letters and a petition to the DEQ to protest the landfill. 

Green Ridge spokesperson Jay Smith says after surveying wetlands in the area, they changed the footprint of the landfill. 

“And what that allowed us to do was completely eliminate any primary impact to wetlands in the area,” Smith said.

Smith says the filing with DEQ is just the first step. If it’s approved, the state agency would then need to sign off on a final design. 

Ian M. Stewart is the transportation reporter and fill-in anchor for VPM News.
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