Emotional Anti-Garbage Debate Ignores Citizen Concerns

Emotional Anti-Garbage Debate Ignores Citizen Concerns

January 31, 1999

RICHMOND, VA, February 1, 1999 – The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) today held a press conference with Virginians from around the Commonwealth concerned with the grave impact the proposed solid waste legislation would have on their communities.

"Unfortunately, poor, rural Virginians are the ones going to pay the highest price for lawmakers' short-sighted political posturing," said Angela Logomasini, Director of Risk and Environmental Policy for CEI.

Reverend Eddie Perry, from Charles City County expressed concern that his locality would not be able to continue making investments the community's future if the proposed wastes bills pass. "The educational opportunities that the children of Charles City County have now are a direct result of

the income that the we receive from the landfill. The investments we have made in our schools have made a difference in the lives of the members of my congregation and I don't think these things have been considered by the General Assembly."

Mary Jones, Sussex County Administrator believes the presence of the landfill has had a positive impact in her area as well. "The revenue from the landfill is nearly one-third of the total county budget. We have made important investments in infrastructure in Sussex from a new county government complex to improvements in our wastewater treatment plant."

Captain Robert Clinton, Director of Safety for the American Waterways Operators addressed the bills that propose to prohibit the transport of trash by barge a proposal which arbitrarily punishes waterway operators. "Barges are a safe and efficient means of transport not only for municipal solid waste, but also for a host of other cargo that already travel the waters of Virginia."

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