For Immediate Release
January 3, 2008
Frances Blalock 336-364-2717
Pat Hill 336-364-4452
PC PRIDE Files Legal Challenge to Special
On January 2, 2008, PC PRIDE (People Rising in Defense of
Ecology), a chapter of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense
League, filed a legal challenge in superior court against the
December 3rd decision made by the Person County Commissioners.
The commissioners voted to grant a special use permit to Republic
Services of North Carolina LLC for an expansion of the Upper
Piedmont Environmental Landfill.
This action is being brought because the members are presently
and will be in the future, directly and adversely affected by the
operation of the existing landfill and its expansion. The
petition cites the failure of the commissioners to conduct a fair
and unbiased hearing as required by state law.
Some of the major causes for this action are:
1. The expansion is not in harmony with the existing agricultural
and residential uses in the Mt. Tirzah Community.
2. The proposed expansion will constitute a nuisance to the
members of PC PRIDE and other members of the public.
3. The property owners adjacent to and in close proximity to the
landfill and proposed expansion have suffered loss of property
value and an interference with health, safety and general
4. PC PRIDE members were not given a fair and unbiased hearing.
Speaking for PC PRIDE, Frances Blalock said, PC PRIDE
membership is representative of citizens throughout the county
working to find alternative and more progressive ways of handling
the countys waste resources. They have been working
diligently to protect the environment in Person County. The
vision of this organization is to identify activities in the
county that are detrimental to the health and general sense of
well being of all residents.
Recent laws regarding waste reduction through reusing, reducing,
and especially recycling brings a challenge to each county, and
PC PRIDE challenges each household, school, office and business
to audit their waste streams and change their waste habits.
The constant pressure on the waste industry is to awaken them
along with the county residents to the reality that the current
method of disposing of our countys waste is antiquated, a
primitive dump and cover process, and that precious resources are
being destroyed that should be sustained for future needs.
PC PRIDE will continue to work for Person County and its
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