Landfill owners file lawsuit against Chesterfield County

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Shoosmith Bros. Inc. has owned and operated its landfill in Chesterfield County for more than 30 years. The company has plans to expand their operation and use what is currently a quarry on the property, but since announcing those plans, residents around the area have raised a stink.

“It’s awful, it’s time for it to go somewhere else,” said resident Anthony Lively, who lives near the landfill.

Lively, who has lived near the landfill for decades, doesn’t support expansion. The big question is whether county supervisors even have the authority to stop the company.

Shoosmith got permission to expand from the Department of Environmental Quality earlier this year, but says the county has threatened to take action if the company moves forward without getting permission from Chesterfield.

F2EC7A7503E244339337042329AB8D3AIn response, the company has filed a lawsuit arguing an ordinance the county is citing in relation to getting approval, doesn’t apply to them. Some residents are still hoping the county can put the brakes on expansion.

“We can’t even have cookouts in the yard anymore, vultures, all kinds of pigeons, and we have the odor almost every day,” Lively added. “I’m tired of it, I’m sick of it.”

8News contacted Shoosmith. A spokesperson tells us they expect to continue having a good working relationship with the county. They say the lawsuit was filed because they believe they clearly don’t have to get county approval to expand the site.

Meanwhile, Chesterfield County sent 8News the following statement:

“Chesterfield County is committed to the protection of its citizens and the environment and to supporting its business community. This matter is in active litigation and the county has no further comment.”

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