Halifax Residents Fight Plan to Expand Landfill
Posted November 17, 2000 6:00 a.m. EST
HALIFAX COUNTY — A county landfill that could quadruple in size has neighbors ready to fight in Halifax County. The proposed expansion near Aurelian Springs could mean millions of dollars for the county. But residents say the expansion would sell out their way of life.
Waste Management, Inc.wants to buy the Halifax County landfill and expand it to accomodate waste from five states, including North Carolina.
Project manager Greg Preverall says that the company's buffering system will improve the odor surrounding the current landfill. He says there is no environmental concern.
"It's not nuclear, hazardous or regulated waste materials," he says. "It's only what you and I throw away in our businesses and homes."
Neighbors are still cool to the prospect of the Halifax County countryside becoming the dumping ground for so many people. A group of residents called "Citizens Against Regional Dumping" is pledging to fight the expansion.
Residents say they need the support of county commissioners who vote Dec. 4 on whether to allow the expansion.