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To address concerns presented about First Piedmont Corporation’s landfill in Ringgold that have been voiced in recent months, Pittsylvania County held a productive information session via Zoom on Thursday. Regulating agencies, landfill engineers, and First Piedmont presented information to area residents about the regulatory environment and the inner workings of the landfill.
"After hearing many concerns presented during October meetings, we wanted to bring the right people and agencies together to provide helpful information to these residents," said Joe Davis, Supervisor for the Dan River District who sponsored the event. "Every government is better when its citizens take the time to know and care what’s going on and engage, so we appreciate Ringgold residents taking the time to voice their concerns and attend this meeting.
In October, several public hearings were held as First Piedmont requested to rezone a small piece of property to bring it up to code and asked for a special use permit to build an office facility on the property. At those meetings, area residents brought forth concerns about odor, environmental quality, and traffic hazards. Since those concerns were not pertinent to zoning, Pittsylvania County leaders decided that hosting this informational session would be the best approach.
Representatives from regulating agencies and landfill engineers shared their expertise to alleviate concerns and educate area residents about the landfill and regulations.
Attendees could submit questions throughout the meeting. Anyone who is interested can watch this recording of the meeting.