Skinquarter Landfill is relevant to our PTA because we feel certain proposed materials on the site could detrimentally impact Grange Hall because of the 1 mile proximity, the risks to the health of the students and staff, the impact it may have on learning environment, and the risks to the well-being of families and property. It is the responsibility of the PTA to advocate for children and their families. We encourage you share your comments of support or concerns with the board of supervisors.
OWNER - W.L. STINSON HAS WITHDRAWN THE REQUESTED PERMIT AMENDMENT FOR THE
SKINQUARTER LANDFILL UPDATE
We are sorry for the delay in updating you on this issue. Much has been happening over the last couple months that we'd like to let you know about.
In January 2012, Mr. Stinson had actually applied to the Virginia DEQ for a permit to take ASR and coal ash. The DEQ met with him and made it clear that this permit for conditional use must come from Chesterfield County and be part of his C/D/D landfill permit because these materials were only allowed in Industrial Landfills and NOT construction demolition debris landfills.
All documents mentioned herein are provided below for your records. Just click the document names from the list at the end of this information.
1. In April of this year, several neighborhood community leaders along with our PTA president met with the Chesterfield Planning Department for about 7 hours to obtain clarification on concerns about the request for a conditional use permit to landfill ASR and coal ash and to clarify the history of the permits with this landfill.
2. 7 people made a presentation on community concerns at the end of the April Planning Commission Board Meeting. Our PTA President was one of the 7 presenters, and she spoke about the concerns that relate to the students at Grange Hall. Then about 25 additional members of the community were allowed to speak to share their individual concerns. over 2,700 signatures opposing any allowance of coal ash or ASR at the Skinquarter Landfill were presented to the county at this time, and a request was made to keep the group informed of any permit requests or violations on the site. Mr. Shewmake, attorney for Mr. Stinson, was in attendance and heard the concerns in full.
3. In the spring, the site was inspected and they found concerns with possible contamination to Sappony Creek and concerns for the dye being used in the mulch coloring for Yardwork's mulching operation. Mulch pile runoff had a strong smell of raw sewage and this was sited in the inspection reports. The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) followed up on concerns with a second inspection and a letter of violation was issued in June. If you have concerns about any mulch you've purchased through Yardworks, please address those concerns through the county or through the DEQ, as they would have the most accurate answers to questions.
4. After the Planning Commission Board Meeting, Mr. Stinson, or his associates, designed a flyer to use in meeting with small groups to create support for a new permit request for ASR. The community became aware that it was being suggested that the current permit would allow for the landfilling of material like dead animals, batteries, chicken manure, antifreeze, oil, etc. and that he would be willing to proffer in concessions for quantity of trucks or concessions to limit some these materials in a permit for ASR. So requests were made by the community to the Chesterfield Planning Department for clarification on the current permit. The director of the planning department, Kirk Turner, issued a letter to Mr. Stinson, in reference to the flyer and noted many inaccuracies. We have provided these documents for your information. We encourage you to read them and keep copies for reference.
5. On a side note, we are aware that the Taylor Rd Landfill took in a small amount of coal ash that had once been used as fill under the Kohl's store on Midlothian Turnpike. The county no longer allows ash for fill and it was removed during the remodeling. The county has addressed the matter with the DEQ that allowed them to take it in with construction debris and use it as cover, the issue has been corrected, and this will not happen again. Chesterfield County does NOT allow Coal Ash to be used as daily cover in C/D/D landfills. We have asked for more oversight in this matter and have voiced our concern for more inspections to insure that they remain in compliance of environmental regulations that protect our community and our school.
Letter To Stinson from Kirk Turner and Landfill Permit Flyer
DEQ Letter Regarding Request to take Ash and ASR
Site Inspection Memo from DEQ
Notice of Violation - DEQ
PETITIONS ON THE ISSUE