Skinquarter Landfill could receive fly ash and auto fluff

Posted November 12, 2012 at 4:59 PM, Filed Under: BCA News, Front Page, Village Mill

Director Charlie Davis introduced Planning Commissioner Dr. Edgar Wallin and Bill Woodfin of the Matoaca District at the November 5 BCA Board meeting to alert the community about proposed amendments to existing zoning cases in the county.

They focused on the possible expanded use of the Skinquarter Landfill to receive fly ash and auto fluff, the non-ferrous remnants of junked automobiles comprised of such materials as plastic, foam, rubber and glass. According to Wallin, the landfill currently takes construction debris and materials that can be recycled into mulch.

The Skinquarter Landfill lies on 110.9 acres fronting the south line of Hull Street Road about 10 miles west of Brandermill. Skinquarter Land, LLC has requested a conditional use approval to permit the disposal of “coal combustion byproducts and automobile shredder residue in a construction/demolition/debris landfill.”

Because the proposed new landfill use could increase out-of-state traffic in the area, Wallin said he “wants to see some authentic, extensive traffic studies, and environmental studies dealing with both water and air.”

Woodfin, who has a background in natural resources and worked as the director of the Virginia Department of Waste Management in regulating landfills and hazardous waste materials, noted that at one time, Virginia was one of the top five states in the country importing out-of-state waste, “simply as a matter of economics because land up north is much more expensive than land in the south. Whoever would want to put fly ash in a landfill is willing to go a quite a distance.” Woodfin also expressed his concern that the landfill is upstream of Lake Chesdin, a major drinking water source for county residents.

According to Wallin, the applicant and his representative have spoken to the Woodlake community. “They are eager to share with communities who have concerns,” said Wallin, “and I want us to operate with all the knowledge to make the right decisions.”

Fellow commissioners have supported a deferral of the case until previous compliance issues of the landfill have been met.

“My plea to you is to be informed,” Woodfin said.