Henrico landfill refused permission to store coal ash
The Henrico County Board of Zoning Appeals has rejected a request for East End Landfill to store coal ash at its Darbytown Road location. Charles Fishburne has more in this followup report.
The three-hour public hearing included testimony from company officials, attorneys and an environmental consultant who argued the coal ash was safe, and Varina Supervisor Jim Donati, State Senator Don McEachin and about ten residents who opposed it, along with a number of calls and emails also in opposition.
Blankenship: The board is required to make an affirmative finding before they grant a use permit; the granting the permit would not cause any detrimental impact to people living in the area or working near the property.
Ben Blankenship is Henrico’s Zoning Division Manager.
Blankenship: And, I think, while there was not conclusive evidence that there would be a detrimental impact, they did not feel like there was enough evidence for them to conclude definitely that there would not be any detrimental impact.
The vote was 4-1 against the request.
The company will be allowed to continue operations stipulated in its permit. It is not clear what will happen to the coal ash already on the property.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News