Columbus County, NC
UPDATE: Sept. 6, 2003: N.C. Division of Waste Management has returned the landfill application to Riegel Ridge, according to an article in the Sept. 6 Fayetteville Observer. A letter sent by the Division of Waste Management to the landfill partners stated that they have failed to show the state that they are financially qualified to design, construct and operate a landfill in an environmentally sensitive area.
Friends of the Green Swamp has been working to save the Green Swamp from the proposed Riegel Ridge Regional Landfill. The Green Swamp in coastal North Carolina is recognized by the United Nations Biosphere Reserve Program. The chapter is working closely with the Swamp Watch Action Team. Campaign slogans have included, No landfills in the floodplain, and Landfills in the Floodplain isnt just a dumb idea, its illegal. FOGS organized to stop a biological treasure from being selected for a regional solid waste dump.
Things have been heating up lately in Friends
of the Green Swamp's fight against the proposed
Riegel Ridge Regional Landfill in the Green
Swamp. The NCDENR Division of Water Quality
issued a 401 Water Quality Certification on
December 16, 2002. This certification has been
appealed by Friends of the Green Swamp and
FOGS posts regular campaign updates on its