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UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Minister Robert Campbell, longtime activist for social and environmental justice, visited the White House recently to speak about public health issues in the Rogers-Eubanks community of Chapel Hill, N.C.

Campbell joined Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and a distinguished group of public health advocates, community leaders, experts and White House officials for a briefing on the lasting public health benefits of a clean-energy economy.

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“The Story” with Dick Gordon on WUNC
December 14, 2009

For over 30 years, residents of an historically black neighborhood in North Carolina have fought to shut down the landfill near their homes. Recently, Reverend Robert Campbell took his argument all the way to the White House to be heard. And last week, county commissioners voted to stop sending new trash to that landfill. Rev. Robert Campbell talks withDick about his love for the neighborhood, andthe fight for clean drinking water.

(hear the 12/14/09 interview here)

The Carrboro Citizen – Opinion

The county’s “punt” on solid waste – using Durham’s transfer station for three to five years while working on a new solution – is a significant and positive shift in the approach to what to do after the landfill closes.

That the commissioners added an exemption from a potential future waste facility for the community that has been host to the county’s landfill for 37 years should be applauded. More »

Millhouse Road removed from consideration for future waste facility

By Taylor Sisk, Staff Writer – The Carrboro Citizen

“Sometimes the best strategy is to punt,” said Orange County Commissioner Barry Jacobs, and with those words he raised a motion at Monday night’s meeting that the county ship its garbage to Durham County’s transfer station for a three- to five-year period and to use that time to re-engage the county’s municipalities in developing a long-term solid waste strategy.

The commissioners were tasked to vote on whether to place a transfer station on county-owned property — called the Paydarfar site (the name of its previous owner) — on Millhouse Road or on a previously approved site off N.C. 54 near Orange Grove Road, or to pursue a deal with Durham County to use its transfer facility. (read the story here)


CHAPEL HILL — The residents of Rogers, Eubanks and Millhouse roads, as well as those living out N.C. 54, cheered the decision Monday night by the Orange County Board of Commissioners to truck solid waste to Durham’s waste transfer station.

But those who opposed putting a waste transfer site on Millhouse Road had something extra to cheer about when the commissioners included an amendment to remove Rogers Road, Eubanks Road and Millhouse Road from further consideration from any future waste or landfill operations.

The vote came after Orange County Manger Frank Clifton recommended to the commissioners to ask the staff to begin negotiations with Durham to use its waste transfer station for three to five years.

That would give Orange County time to seek other options and also learn more about the costs of trucking waste to the Durham station, Clifton said.

(read the story here)

Mark Abadi-Assistant City Editor
The Daily Tar Heel

Residents of the community that has housed the county’s landfill for 37 years will no longer need to fear the county directing more trash through their neighborhood.

A decision Monday by the Board of County Commissioners avoided placing a site anywhere in Orange County to route the county’s trash to a different landfill. (read the story here)

When Neil Kirschner moved to Millhouse Road 37 years ago, the county landfill was placed down the road.

Tonight, Orange County Commissioners are scheduled to decide whether a plot of land across the street from Kirschner’s home should be turned into a station to transport trash outside the county when the landfill reaches capacity in 2012.

(read the story here)

Three options provoke public debate, resistance

Grace Joyal, DTH Staff Writer

Two years and almost half a million dollars after the start of their search, the Orange County Board of Commissioners hopes to decide tonight where to route the county’s trash when the landfill reaches capacity in 2012.

It’s a decision process that has aroused substantial public debate and citizen resistance.

“I hope that we do make a decision,” said County Commissioner Alice Gordon. “We have been discussing this for a long time.”

(read the whole story here)

Chapel Hill News – “Opinion”

The Orange County commissioners have a thankless task on their agenda Monday: deciding, at long last, what to do with the county’s trash.

This decision should have been made years ago, and it should have concluded with a new site for a progressively operated landfill somewhere in the county. That didn’t happen; the search for a site struck out, and so the county turned to Plan B: planning for a waste transfer station, where trucks will take the county’s garbage to be loaded onto bigger trucks, which will haul it away to some as-yet-unnamed faraway final resting place.

Mark Hulbert – Chapel Hill News “Opinion”

I’m writing to express my dismay that Orange County is considering putting the transfer site on land designated to be a soccer park, in the rural buffer, and close to several schools.

The county’s several-year search has been frustrating for all involved; the Highway 54 site is also flawed.But the Paydarfar site clearly violates several of the original criteria that the county set forth. (read the full story here)