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Authority passes on donation to group

The local wastewater treatment authority has passed, at least temporarily, on making a donation to a non-profit New River advocacy group.
Members of the board of directors for Pepper’s Ferry Regional Wastewater Treatment Authority cited the National Committee for the New River’s involvement in fighting fly ash deposits in Giles County as a concern.
“I would rather they have left that out,” Pepper’s Ferry Chairman Doyle Barton said of a NCNR letter explaining the organization’s activities and requesting a donation. Barton represents Radford City on the Authority.
Pepper’s Ferry Executive Director Clarke Wallcraft said he normally wouldn’t present a donation request to the board, but NCNR’s funding is “substantially lacking with the downturn in the economy” so he felt it might be appropriate “given the situation.”
Wallcraft said NCNR’s activities are “far-reaching.” He noted that the group conducts cleanups of the New River in Virginia and North Caroline each year.
“They’re involved in trying to protect the river in general,” Wallcraft said. “Personally, I think it would be a worthwhile gesture to make a donation to the group.”
In response to board member questions, Wallcraft said it is his understanding NCNR doesn’t receive any funding from PACs (Political Action Committees) or support any particular political candidates. Since the organization receives federal funding, he said he doesn’t think it would be able to have specific ties to certain political organizations or candidates, but he could do more research into NCNR.
Pulaski County representative Ron Coake said he is concerned about NCNR’s activities in fighting the fly ash issue in Giles. He questioned whether it would be appropriate for Pepper’s Ferry to support an organization involved in that controversial situation.
“We’re not negative on the group, but we need more information” before deciding whether to make a monetary donation, Radford City Representative Robert Asbury said.
On its website, NCNR lists “preventing fly ash from being deposited in the floodplain of the New River in Giles County” as one of the issues on which it currently is working.
“Filling in floodplain land is dangerous and short sighted,” the website states. “There is a project in Giles County … that not only proposes to fill in the floodplain, but will do so with Coal Combustion Products. These are what is leftover after a power plant burns coal. They contain all the inorganic toxic heavy metals. They leach toxins when they get wet. So, why put them in a floodplain? State and the EPA need to modify the uses of these materials they consider beneficial.
FEMA needs to stop underwriting flood insuancce in high-risk areas. This is a tax subsidy for inappropriate development.”

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Authority passes on donation to group

The local wastewater treatment authority has passed, at least temporarily, on making a donation to a non-profit New River advocacy group.
Members of the board of directors for Pepper’s Ferry Regional Wastewater Treatment Authority cited the National Committee for the New River’s involvement in fighting fly ash deposits in Giles County as a concern.
“I would rather they have left that out,” Pepper’s Ferry Chairman Doyle Barton said of a NCNR letter explaining the organization’s activities and requesting a donation. Barton represents Radford City on the Authority.
Pepper’s Ferry Executive Director Clarke Wallcraft said he normally wouldn’t present a donation request to the board, but NCNR’s funding is “substantially lacking with the downturn in the economy” so he felt it might be appropriate “given the situation.”
Wallcraft said NCNR’s activities are “far-reaching.” He noted that the group conducts cleanups of the New River in Virginia and North Caroline each year.
“They’re involved in trying to protect the river in general,” Wallcraft said. “Personally, I think it would be a worthwhile gesture to make a donation to the group.”
In response to board member questions, Wallcraft said it is his understanding NCNR doesn’t receive any funding from PACs (Political Action Committees) or support any particular political candidates. Since the organization receives federal funding, he said he doesn’t think it would be able to have specific ties to certain political organizations or candidates, but he could do more research into NCNR.
Pulaski County representative Ron Coake said he is concerned about NCNR’s activities in fighting the fly ash issue in Giles. He questioned whether it would be appropriate for Pepper’s Ferry to support an organization involved in that controversial situation.
“We’re not negative on the group, but we need more information” before deciding whether to make a monetary donation, Radford City Representative Robert Asbury said.
On its website, NCNR lists “preventing fly ash from being deposited in the floodplain of the New River in Giles County” as one of the issues on which it currently is working.
“Filling in floodplain land is dangerous and short sighted,” the website states. “There is a project in Giles County … that not only proposes to fill in the floodplain, but will do so with Coal Combustion Products. These are what is leftover after a power plant burns coal. They contain all the inorganic toxic heavy metals. They leach toxins when they get wet. So, why put them in a floodplain? State and the EPA need to modify the uses of these materials they consider beneficial.
FEMA needs to stop underwriting flood insuancce in high-risk areas. This is a tax subsidy for inappropriate development.”

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