Posted on Thursday, June 13
Scotland County of Tomorrow
Scotland County of Tomorrow (SCOT), The Scotland County chapter of Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, contributed to a successful conclusion to a five year campaign against a mega-landfill in June of 2010. The 2005 proposal for a Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) landfill, which was placed on hold because of the Solid Waste Management Act of 2007, was brought back at the January, 2010 meeting of the Scotland County Board of Commissioners.
The proposal was for a modification of an existing permit at the Construction and Demolition (C&D) landfill. The rationale was that the 21 acre leaking landfill can be remediated by constructing a 236 acre landfill, using existing landfill material as cover. The proposed landfill would have a footprint of 236 acres, be 240 feet tall, and would receive 3,000 tons of garbage a day. The location was ½ mile from the Town of Maxton, 2-3/4 miles from the Laurinburg-Maxton Airport, and 3 miles from the City of Laurinburg.
In March, SCOT hosted an open meeting with Neil Seldman, President of Institute for Local Self Reliance, to speak about the positive alternatives to landfilling, such as recycling hubs. Copies of the video were given to local officials and leaders. Besides our website, we circulated various printed materials including door hangers and posters with a map showing the location, asking people to ask where commission candidates stood, and to vote in the May primary. The Town of Maxton hosted a forum in which 16 people, including other BREDL chapter members, spoke against the landfill, and the Maxton Commissioners voted unanimously to send a resolution in opposition to the landfill. The Laurinburg-Maxton Airport Commission also sent a resolution, as the landfill would be too close to the runway.
At the June 2010 Board of Commissioners meeting, a motion to stop landfill activity in the county passed unanimously, as did "A Resolution Clarifying the Position of the County of Scotland as to Waste Disposal", shown below.
Posted on Thursday, June 13
Fracking Waste in Landfills|
Posted by Admin on Thursday, March 27, 2014 (04:42:31) (259 reads)
Aug. 22, 2013: Recently proposed and enacted changes to North Carolina’s environmental policy, as well as solid waste and other environmental laws, increase our vulnerability to mega-dumps and other commercial waste disposal facilities. North Carolina could also be targeted for hydraulic fracturing, or E&P wastes.
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Posted by Admin on Thursday, March 27, 2014 (04:40:49) (258 reads)
Coal Ash Disposition
The Alternative for North Carolina
March 24, 2014: Today the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League released a technical report which details the dangers of landfilling coal ash and recommends the proven saltstone technology for the coal ash at Duke Energy's fourteen power plants. The report entitled "Coal Ash Disposition: The Alternative for North Carolina," describes the saltstone technology which would encase the coal ash waste and isolate the toxins from the soil, air and water.
Read BREDL Press Release | View BREDL Technical Report
Posted by Admin on Thursday, March 27, 2014 (04:17:48) (244 reads)
"Don't Dump Coal Ash on our Communities"
March 20, 2014: The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League has announced a new campaign to block the landfilling of coal ash from Duke Energy's plants. Staff and volunteers are working with county commissioners and environmental justice advocates to prevent this hazardous waste from contaminating groundwater and drinking water in the state’s mega-dump communities.The League warns that landfilling would endanger public health and the environment. The League's Executive Committee has determined that the full liability for the coal ash should be borne by Duke Energy.
For over twenty years the League has identified the dangers of waste landfilling. Cary Rodgers, BREDL's NC Environmental Justice Organizer who resides in Anson County, said, "The people who live near this mega-dump are primarily African American and many of them are poor. Handing coal ash over to a commercial company which dumps for dollars is a grave danger to our groundwater and nearby residents." Lou Zeller, Executive Director, added, "The League has shared our formal position against coal ash landfilling with other NC organizations and hopes that they will join us in opposing this quick and dirty solution."
Read BREDL Press Release
Posted by Admin on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 (15:22:46) (2029 reads)
Something doesn’t quit fit into the realm of logic with this entire fast driven endeavor.
Sen. Trudy Wade introduced the bill arguing that the NC needs to begin addressing landfill capacity problems. Senator Wade indicated North Carolina has a remaining landfill capacity of 15-20 years; though Dexter Matthews of DENR, (NC Department of Energy and Natural Resources), stated that capacity remains for approximately 30 years). This disputed sense of urgency concerning our land fill capacity is the justification for the dismantling of the State’s established health and environmental safeguards.
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Put megadump behind us|
Posted by Admin on Thursday, June 17, 2010 (15:25:38) (2605 reads)
Jim Johnston of Laurinburg wrote a letter to the editor of The Laurinburg Exchange.
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Editorial: Canned - Residents were right about Scotland mega-landfill|
Posted by Admin on Friday, June 11, 2010 (00:36:54) (2721 reads)
An interesting editorial appeared in the Fayetteville Observer today, June 10, 2010.
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Waste Management Resolution has passed|
Posted by Admin on Wednesday, June 09, 2010 (18:44:05) (622 reads)
The Scotland County Board of Commissioners has passed the "Waste Management Resolution".
The actual resolution can be downloaded here.
Scotland board puts end to landfill project|
Posted by Admin on Tuesday, June 08, 2010 (18:49:17) (2756 reads)
The Scotland County Board of Commissioners may have finally listened to its constituents. They voted unanimously to terminate all efforts to go into the "dumping" business.
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"A New Approach to Solid Waste"|
Posted by Admin on Saturday, March 27, 2010 (21:30:03) (3251 reads)
On March 16, 2010, Neil Seldman, President of the Institute for Self Reliance, a national nonprofit organization, spoke at the Clinton Inn. The event was entitled "A New Approach to Solid Waste." The purpose was to discuss "alternatives" to the issue of solid waste disposal in Scotland County.
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NC Senate Bill 328 (S328) - The Landfill Bill|
Posted by Admin on Thursday, June 13, 2013 (04:24:08) (2515 reads)
This bill does so much to undermine the Solid Waste Management Act of 2007, which was hard won and embraced by so many. Remember why it was needed in the first place ... to keep the industry from overstepping bounds in fragile areas, to keep NC from being the dumping ground for NYC trash. This is not about NC trash issues. This is not an appropriate "industry" to bring to our state. States such as PA, OH, and VA have learned their lesson the hard way. We have learned from them that this is all about the waste industry dumping on NC.
NCConservation Network Petition: https://secure3.convio.net/nccn/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=851 ,to send to your Representative and Senator, and the Governor. Many of you, having played a role in the Moratorium and the Solid Waste Management Act of 2007, will want to reach out to as many legislators as you can, about the specifics of this bill, sneaked in, rushed through.
Link to S328: http://ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2013&BillID=S328&submitButton=Go . Click on Edition 2 for wording. The bill is now in Senate Finance. No matter the timing of the bill, the best thing to do is to contact your representatives, and others whom you think need this information, as soon as possible.
Download: S328 Analysis
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