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Roanoke Rapids Neighborhood Fights Yet ANOTHER Enviro Injustice

Winter 2010

Florine Bell and Sally Powell, leaders of the Lincoln Heights Community Development Coalition, are working with over a hundred local residents to save their neighborhood and rebuild its health and well-being. After dealing with a legacy of old contaminated textile mill sites, two city landfills and continuing illegal dumping in their community outside the City line, they are now faced with the threat of a large waste transfer station. Instead of supporting years of grassroots efforts to restore or demolish the older homes in the neighborhood, some of which are abandoned, the City continues to view Lincoln Heights as a sacrifice area, the path of least resistance for any new undesirable project.

The transfer station would bring rodents, odors and an unsightly facility, and right at the entrance to the neighborhood. While the City says it is looking at a total of 5 possible sites for the transfer station, Sally Powell says, “With the history of dumping on this area, we’ll need to demand a public meeting and be sure that the City knows that they can’t keep wasting areas that have low wealth and minority residents.” As Florine Bell points out, “NC law says that new waste facilities can’t be built in areas where they will have a disproportionate impact. Enough is Enough!”