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Trump set to meet with officials on Afghanistan, amid concerns over withdrawal plans

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President Trump is set to meet Friday with top security officials on the way forward on Afghanistan, possibly moving toward a phased withdrawal – something critics warn could lead to the Taliban taking hold of the country once again.

Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is back in the U.S. from his negotiations with the Taliban in Qatar, talks he has described as “productive.” The two sides have been discussing an agreement in which the U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan, in return for the Taliban promising to ensure that Afghanistan does not become a haven for terrorists and Al Qaeda.

US PREPARING TO WITHDRAW THOUSANDS OF TROOPS FROM AFGHANISTAN AS PART OF PROPOSED TALIBAN DEAL

The meeting, to be held in Bedminster, New Jersey, is scheduled for the afternoon and is expected to be attended by a number of Cabinet officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, sources told Fox News.

The Washington Post reports that the proposed plan could cut the number of troops in the country from approximately 14,000 to 8-9,000 – which would be nearly the same as when Trump entered office in 2017.

However, a senior administration official told reporters that the meeting was “routine.”

Trump announced a 4,000-troop increase in August 2017, as part of an effort to break the stalemate in the country. Trump ran his 2016 campaign partly on a platform of bringing troops home from foreign conflicts.

“Well, I don’t want to say if they can be trusted or not,” Trump said earlier this month when asked if the Taliban can be trusted. “Look, history, I would say, is not so good, but they don’t like us much either.  But we’ve brought them down; we’ve brought the number of soldiers down very substantially. They’re coming down. We are talking to them.  We have a lot of advantages making a deal with us. “

US SOLDIERS KILLED IN APPARENT AFGHANISTAN ‘INSIDER’ ATTACK IDENTIFIED

The U.S. has pressed for a cease-fire and a framework for inter-Afghan talks, but so far the insurgents have refused to recognize the Afghan government, dismissing it as a U.S. puppet.

But there are fears that such a deal would hand the country over to the Taliban. The group has staged attacks on a near-daily basis since the negotiations began, targeting mainly troops and government officials, but which have also killed civilians.

“To trust the Taliban to control Al Qaeda, ISIS-K, and other radical Islamist groups present in Afghanistan – as a replacement for a US counter-terrorism force – would be a bigger mistake than Obama’s Iranian nuclear deal,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said in a statement.

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The U.S. invaded the country in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in 2001, and plunged the country into an 18-year involvement – the longest in U.S. history. It has killed more than 2,000 American troops, injured more than 20,000 and cost nearly a trillion dollars since 2001.

The Taliban are at their strongest since the U.S.-led invasion toppled their five-year government in 2001 after the group had harbored Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden.

Fox News’ John Roberts, Rich Edson, Jon Decker, Matt Leach and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Creepy ‘zombie snail’ flashes green and orange, freaks out hiker

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Do not attempt to adjust the picture. What you are seeing is real.

A hiker going up the hills in Taiwan’s Changhua County earlier this month spotted a bizarre-looking snail that was flashing orange and green after its body was hijacked by a parasite.

“The snail looked like it had multicolored neon lights inside,” hiker Lin Ruian told Viral Press. “I don’t know what was causing it but it was very strange. I poked it with a stick and it rolled over.”

PINK GRASSHOPPER, UNUSUAL AND ‘EXTREMELY RARE,’ SPOTTED IN UK GARDEN

Succinea (amber snails) often become hosts to the parasitic flatworm, known as leucochloridium paradoxum, according to a 2013 study published in the Journal of Zoology.

The study notes the “[t]he infected snails with pulsating broodsacs behaved differently from their apparently non‐infected counterparts,” adding that they “moved farther, positioned themselves in more exposed and better illuminated places, situated higher in the vegetation.”

Biologist Tomasz Wesołowski, who described leucochloridium paradoxum in the 2013 study, also noted that the infected snails were able to move three times as fast as normal.

The snails flash different colors to imitate caterpillars to hungry birds, who then eat the snail. The process starts all over again, as the birds’ intestinal tract provides a space for the flatworm to reproduce and enter another unsuspecting host.

Remarkably, the snails can survive the event, due to their regenerating capabilities. L. paradoxum exists largely in the eyestalk of the snail, the part the birds go for, as it most resembles a caterpillar, according to the New York Post.

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Rumer Willis reveals she’s been sick for weeks, felt ‘exhausted, overwhelmed and broken down’

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Rumer Willis revealed on social media that she’s been sick for all of August thus far, with a series of different illnesses that left her “exhausted, overwhelmed and broken down.”

The “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood” actress took to Instagram to share an emotional, make-up-free selfie along with a lengthy caption explaining that she’s been sick and had just finished sobbing to her sister on the phone about it.

RUMER WILLIS’ ‘HAIR’STORY

“How do we Let Go?” the star began her caption. “This was me yesterday. Exhausted, Overwhelmed and Broken Down. I had just gotten off the phone with my sister after having a full little kid meltdown. Sobbing about how I was so tired and feeling helpless.”

She went on to reveal that so far, the month has seen her laid up and feeling trapped in her own body.

“I have been sick almost the entire month of August that started with food poisoning to then an unknown stomach problem where I haven’t been able to eat because when I do it feels like my stomach is on fire to the flu that turned into a sinus infection,” she explained. “I felt helpless and scared and so utterly overwhelmed. I felt like time was just drifting by and I was trapped in a body that didn’t want to work with me.”

The star explained that she spent most of the last weeks trying to control her body and fight her illness in an effort to combat the pain. However, she realized Thursday, one day ahead of her birthday, that trying to control her body meant she wasn’t paying attention to what she needed.

“I did some compassionate self forgiveness for any judgements I was holding against myself or my body for not behaving the was [sic] wanted it to and really just allowed myself to be exactly where I was at and let go,” she wrote.

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Willis said that she woke up on her birthday and felt a lot better because of the self reflection.

“And I woke up this morning feeling a little better and feeling much more integrated in myself because I was no longer at war within. I am by no means 100% yet but getting there.”

Willis revealed she wanted to share the low point in her year with her followers in an effort to give a more complete picture of what her life looks like.

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“It’s my birthday tomorrow and i wanted to start my new year letting go of mindsets, beliefs and old stories that no longer serve me,” she concluded. “So I encourage you as you move forward with you day, week or even month allow yourself to let go of the control of the outcome, control of the expectations of how it should go or look, and let go of whatever story you are making up about yourself if it doesn’t turn out the way you planned. It’s all happening for you not to you….”

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In Tlaib’s Ancestral Village, Grandmother Weathers a Global Political Storm

BEIT UR AL-FAUQA, West Bank — In a small stone house on the edge of a sleepy Palestinian village near Ramallah, an elderly woman ran a string of wooden worry beads through her gnarled fingers on Friday, silently reciting the 99 names of Allah, almost oblivious to the maelstrom of world politics swirling around her and her granddaughter, Representative Rashida Tlaib.

On Thursday, anticipation in the West Bank had turned suddenly to disappointment and anger, when the Israeli government decided it would block Ms. Tlaib and another member of Congress after earlier indicating it would allow their visit. The turnabout, urged by President Trump, caused an intercontinental uproar.

The dizzying twists continued on Friday, when the Israeli government said Ms. Tlaib could visit her 90-year-old grandmother, Muftiya Tlaib, on humanitarian grounds. She later changed her mind, citing Israeli restrictions.

Israel’s interior minister, Aryeh Deri, had announced earlier Friday morning that the congresswoman would be allowed to enter for a family visit, after she wrote to him saying that it might be her last chance to see her grandmother and pledging to “respect any restrictions” and to “not promote boycotts” during her stay.

“I’m happy that Rashida will come,” Muftiya Tlaib said, barely an hour after the interior minister’s announcement. Dressed in a colorful, intricately embroidered traditional Palestinian thobe, she added, “But I hear they won’t let her.”

Her son, Bassam Tlaib, 53, an electrician and the first-term lawmaker’s uncle, explained her confusion: The relatives had not explicitly told the suddenly famous grandmother that Mr. Deri’s announcement had raised their hopes again.

“We don’t want any more unpleasant surprises. Yesterday mother was shocked and upset,” he said.

“Yesterday she was rejected, today they approved her,” he said of his niece. “We wonder why. We lost our trust.”

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Ms. Tlaib had planned a traditional feast for her granddaughter.CreditAbbas Momani/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

As it turned out, the family’s hesitation proved prescient.

A storm of Palestinian criticism on social media denounced Ms. Tlaib for selling out the cause in exchange for a glimpse of her grandmother, and a few hours after gaining Israeli approval, she announced that she would not come after all.

“Visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in,” she wrote on Twitter.

“Silencing me & treating me like a criminal is not what she wants for me,” Ms. Tlaib said of “my sity,” using an Arabic term for grandmother. “It would kill a piece of me.”

On Thursday, President Trump tweeted that it “would show great weakness” for Israel to allow the planned West Bank visit of Ms. Tlaib, of Michigan, and Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, both Democrats. Hours later, the Israeli authorities, who control all access to the occupied territory, denied them entry, citing their vocal support for boycotts against Israel.

Late on Thursday, Ms. Tlaib appealed for an exception on humanitarian grounds, promising, in effect, to make the trip purely personal, not political.

After Mr. Deri consented on Friday morning, Mr. Tlaib and other family members here had misgivings about the visit because of the conditions imposed by Israel, though they said they would welcome the congresswoman under any circumstances.

“Rashida has the natural right to visit all of Palestine,” said Mr. Tlaib, the uncle. “In my personal opinion,” Mr. Tlaib said. “I say it is preferable not to come based on these conditions.”

The family sent her messages, but it was still early morning in the United States, and they did not immediately hear back from her. Then came the news that Ms. Tlaib had decided not to come.

Ms. Tlaib’s grandmother, apparently still unaware of the latest reversals, said she had originally planned to welcome her returning granddaughter by slaughtering a sheep for a traditional Palestinian feast. Asked where the sheep was on Friday, she laughed wryly, gestured out the window and said it was still with the flock.

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Israel Advocates Are Afraid of Losing Bipartisan Support in the U.S.

WASHINGTON — The decision by Israel to bar two Muslim members of Congress from an official visit to the Jewish state is raising deep concerns in both parties that the hard-line views of President Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are endangering the longstanding ties between the United States and Israel.

Mr. Trump has spent months attacking the two freshman Democrats, Representatives Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, which has roiled the Democratic Party, and he has tried to paint Republicans as Israel’s only true friend in Washington. Mr. Netanyahu’s years of hard-line settlement policies and rigid bond with the ultra-Orthodox Jews have also alienated Democrats, including many American Jews.

But if Israel becomes a partisan issue in the United States, experts and advocates warn, it will be bad for both countries. Tensions deepened on Friday, when Ms. Tlaib rejected an offer by Israel to allow her to visit her grandmother on humanitarian grounds, but only if she agreed in writing not to “promote boycotts against Israel” during her trip.

“There is a perception, right or wrong, true or untrue, that the Netanyahu administration and the Trump administration are working hand in glove,” said Mark Mellman, president of Democratic Majority for Israel, a nonprofit that works to ensure the Democratic Party remains pro-Israel.

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President Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel at the White House in March. The two leaders have a close relationship.CreditDoug Mills/The New York Times

Israel’s stance, he said, has made his task harder: “In our hyperpartisan world, the friend of my enemy is my enemy, and to the extent that Democrats look at Trump as the enemy, if they see Israel and the Netanyahu administration as operating hand in glove, that gives them real pause.”

Mr. Netanyahu has long made clear his affinity for the Republican Party. His relations with former President Barack Obama were famously strained — so much so that 2015, in a rare breach of protocol, he circumvented the White House in accepting an invitation to address the Republican-led Congress. Representative Nancy Pelosi, then the Democratic leader, called the address an “insult” to the United States and dozens of Democrats skipped it.

With Mr. Trump in office, the Netanyahu-Republican alliance has strengthened, generating fears that bipartisan American support for Israel — a cornerstone of relations between the two countries since the founding of the Jewish state in 1948 — will erode.

Those fears are so real that even the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the powerful and assiduously bipartisan pro-Israel lobbying group known as AIPAC, has split with the Netanyahu government on its decision. AIPAC typically backs Israel no matter who is in power, but its view is that while presidents and prime ministers come and go, support for Israel in Congress is essential.

“What is the one mantra of the pro-Israel organizations for 30, 40 years?” asked William Kristol, a conservative critic of Mr. Trump who fought Mr. Obama’s policies toward Israel. “It’s congressional support. Presidents have their own views, but Congress is the core. So to pick a fight with members of Congress, which is going to force half of Congress to rally to their defense is really foolish.”

While support for Israel among congressional Democrats remains strong, polls show that support has long been slipping among Democratic voters. Matt Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, which aims to woo Jews to the Republican Party, said it was wrong to lay the dwindling Democratic support at the feet of Mr. Trump and Mr. Netanyahu.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the AIPAC conference in Washington in March. The pro-Israel lobbying group split with the Netanyahu government on its decision to bar an official visit from two Democratic members of Congress.CreditJose Luis Magana/Associated Press

He noted that just recently, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, accused the Netanyahu government of “racism” and proposed using American aid to Israel as leverage to change its policies. By contrast, he said, Mr. Trump has moved the American embassy to Jerusalem and recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights — moves that were welcomed by Israel.

“When you have a leading Democratic presidential candidate like Bernie Sanders who can call the prime minister of Israel a racist and nobody says anything, you tell me who’s responsible for it,” Mr. Brooks said. “We have a president who is the most pro-Israel president ever in history.”

As Mr. Trump has sought to portray himself and his fellow Republicans as the only party for American Jews, Democrats in Congress have gone to great lengths this year to show their support for the Jewish state, and to isolate Ms. Tlaib and Ms. Omar, whose public support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, which aims to pressure Israel to end its occupation of the West Bank, is the reason they were not allowed to visit in an official capacity.

Last month, the House overwhelmingly passed a resolution condemning the movement, known as B.D.S. After Ms. Omar criticized AIPAC in remarks that were widely construed as anti-Semitic, Democratic leaders called on her to apologize — she did — and the House later passed a resolution condemning hatred of any kind.

But the Israeli government’s decision to bar the two women has even their Democratic critics rallying around them. It has also energized the Democratic left, which is already deeply critical of the Netanyahu administration, and thrust Israel policy into the center of the 2020 electoral debate.

“Trump and Netanyahu are enabling one another to make Republicans the go-to party on Israel and Democrats the devil, eroding the bipartisanship that is so critical to the U.S.-Israel special bond,” said Aaron David Miller, a veteran Middle East negotiator for both Republican and Democratic administrations. “It is not yet fatal. But a few more years of the Trump-Netanyahu experience and it may well be.”

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Pennsylvania couple accused of faking baby’s birth, death to collect cash and gifts

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A Pennsylvania couple who reportedly set up a GoFundMe page asking for donations in the wake of their newborn son’s death are now being accused by police of faking the child’s entire existence as part of a ruse to collect cash and gifts from their friends, family and community.

Geoffrey and Kaycee Lang, of Friedens, were hit with misdemeanor theft charges in Westmoreland and Somerset counties this week after police searched their home and found a doll that resembled the infant seen in photos the couple says was of their son, Easton, WTAE reported, citing court documents.

“I don’t know what their motive was – to hurt your family and everybody? It’s just sick,” Cynthia Dilascio, a friend who organized a baby shower for the couple in May and later reported them to police, told the station.

Photographs of the couple showed them opening gifts at the shower, but Dilascio says Kaycee, 23, vanished around seven months into her pregnancy, claiming she was on bed rest.

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Court documents viewed by WTAE say the couple then claimed Easton died on July 3 from respiratory distress syndrome shortly after being born at Conemaugh Health System in Johnstown, yet police couldn’t find any records of the mother or child at that facility or coroner’s office.

Dilascio also said she called the funeral home where the couple claimed the child was cremated – only to be told there was no account in the family’s name.

“I couldn’t go. I knew that this was fake,” she told WTAE when asked about the memorial service that apparently was held for Easton. “I couldn’t go and sit and watch this go on, and know the truth.”

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A Facebook profile purportedly belonging to Geoffrey Lang then posted a link on July 7 to a GoFundMe page set up for Easton.

“Please keep my wife and I in your thoughts and prayer. Our son Easton was born with fluid in his lungs and passed away a few hours after he was born,” the post read. “We would greatly appreciate if as many of you guys could share this and if u are stable enough to do so is donate also to help pay for the funeral expenses and medical bills.”

An obituary also was published in Easton’s name, claiming the child “weighed 7 lbs. 2 oz, and was 17 inches long.

“Easton’s parents were blessed with just a little over 5 hours before he went to his heavenly home at 8:20 am,” it read. “Easton experienced holding hands and hugs and kisses with his mommy and daddy and being told uncountable number of ‘I love yous.’”

GoFundMe said the page raised 15 donations totaling $550 – but the site says those donations will now be returned.

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“This type of behavior is not tolerated on GoFundMe,” the website said in a statement to WTAE. “We will fully cooperate with law enforcement officials during their investigation and we will issue full refunds to all donors.”

The couple is set to appear in court in October.

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Judge orders Georgia to switch to paper ballots for 2020 elections

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THERE IS A VERY EASY SOLUTION TO THIS

The first honest person to use each voting machine who cares if their vote counts should smash it with a rock.

Everyone after that fills out paper ballots.

Do this at the primaries, and then, if there are replacement machines, do it again in the general election.

If destroying the vote-hacking method with rocks is what it takes to get this corruption out of our government, that’s what we should do.

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In Tlaib’s Ancestral Village, a Grandmother Weathers a Global Political Storm

BEIT UR AL-FAUQA, West Bank — In a small stone house on the edge of a sleepy Palestinian village near Ramallah, an elderly woman ran a string of wooden worry beads through her gnarled fingers on Friday, silently reciting the 99 names of Allah, almost oblivious to the maelstrom of world politics swirling around her and her granddaughter, Representative Rashida Tlaib.

On Thursday, anticipation in the West Bank had turned suddenly to disappointment and anger, when the Israeli government decided it would block Ms. Tlaib and another member of Congress after earlier indicating it would allow their visit. The turnabout, urged by President Trump, caused an intercontinental uproar.

The dizzying twists continued on Friday, when the Israeli government said Ms. Tlaib could visit her 90-year-old grandmother, Muftiya Tlaib, on humanitarian grounds. She later changed her mind, citing Israeli restrictions.

Israel’s interior minister, Aryeh Deri, had announced earlier Friday morning that the congresswoman would be allowed to enter for a family visit, after she wrote to him saying that it might be her last chance to see her grandmother and pledging to “respect any restrictions” and to “not promote boycotts” during her stay.

“I’m happy that Rashida will come,” Muftiya Tlaib said, barely an hour after the interior minister’s announcement. Dressed in a colorful, intricately embroidered traditional Palestinian thobe, she added, “But I hear they won’t let her.”

Her son, Bassam Tlaib, 53, an electrician and the first-term lawmaker’s uncle, explained her confusion: The relatives had not explicitly told the suddenly famous grandmother that Mr. Deri’s announcement had raised their hopes again.

“We don’t want any more unpleasant surprises. Yesterday mother was shocked and upset,” he said.

“Yesterday she was rejected, today they approved her,” he said of his niece. “We wonder why. We lost our trust.”

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Ms. Tlaib had planned a traditional feast for her granddaughter.CreditAbbas Momani/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

As it turned out, the family’s hesitation proved prescient.

A storm of Palestinian criticism on social media denounced Ms. Tlaib for selling out the cause in exchange for a glimpse of her grandmother, and a few hours after gaining Israeli approval, she announced that she would not come after all.

“Visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in,” she wrote on Twitter.

“Silencing me & treating me like a criminal is not what she wants for me,” Ms. Tlaib said of “my sity,” using an Arabic term for grandmother. “It would kill a piece of me.”

On Thursday, President Trump tweeted that it “would show great weakness” for Israel to allow the planned West Bank visit of Ms. Tlaib, of Michigan, and Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, both Democrats. Hours later, the Israeli authorities, who control all access to the occupied territory, denied them entry, citing their vocal support for boycotts against Israel.

Late on Thursday, Ms. Tlaib appealed for an exception on humanitarian grounds, promising, in effect, to make the trip purely personal, not political.

After Mr. Deri consented on Friday morning, Mr. Tlaib and other family members here had misgivings about the visit because of the conditions imposed by Israel, though they said they would welcome the congresswoman under any circumstances.

“Rashida has the natural right to visit all of Palestine,” said Mr. Tlaib, the uncle. “In my personal opinion,” Mr. Tlaib said. “I say it is preferable not to come based on these conditions.”

The family sent her messages, but it was still early morning in the United States, and they did not immediately hear back from her. Then came the news that Ms. Tlaib had decided not to come.

Ms. Tlaib’s grandmother, apparently still unaware of the latest reversals, said she had originally planned to welcome her returning granddaughter by slaughtering a sheep for a traditional Palestinian feast. Asked where the sheep was on Friday, she laughed wryly, gestured out the window and said it was still with the flock.

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Herring, DEQ File Suit to Shut Down Landfill in Greene Co.

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GREENE COUNTY(August 16, 2019) – Attorney General Mark R. Herring and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the filing of a lawsuit against Kenneth R. Collier, Sr. for operating an illegal, unpermitted landfill in Ruckersville, Greene County that has led to significant and repeated violations of Virginia environmental laws.

“This landfill has continued to operate illegally for years while its owner has blatantly ignored multiple violation notices from DEQ,” said Attorney General Herring. “An illegal, do-it-yourself landfill like this can have serious negative environmental impacts on the surrounding land and water if it is not properly constructed, permitted, and controlled.”

“Ensuring the proper disposal of waste is essential to protecting our environment,” said DEQ Director David K. Paylor. “We are pleased the OAG is taking action to ensure Mr. Collier complies with solid waste management requirements.”

In the suit, Attorney General Herring alleges that the landfill’s very existence is unlawful without a permit, that unpermitted and unlawful industrial activity has taken place on the property, and that operation of the illegal landfill has caused unlawful and unpermitted discharges of stormwater.

The suit was filed after the matter was referred to the Office of the Attorney General by the Director of the Department of Environmental Quality, whose staff provided the information upon which the suit is based, including site inspections and two Notices of Violation, which Collier ignored and continues to ignore. According to DEQ, Collier has been operating some form of landfill or waste dump site on his 42 acre property since 1976 and he has continually and knowingly violated Virginia’s waste management laws for decades.

The commonwealth’s lawsuit asks the court to order Collier to shut down the illegal landfill, to remove all waste from his property and dispose of it properly, for the maximum allowable civil penalties, and for any other relief that the court believes to be appropriate.

The lawsuit explains that in August 2017, DEQ received a citizen complaint against Collier, alleging that he had been allowing hundreds of dump trucks to deposit solid waste on his property for the last several years. In October 2017, DEQ staff requested to inspect the site but Collier refused. DEQ subsequently requested and received an inspection warrant from the Greene County Circuit Court and inspected the site a few days later. The inspection found a fill area that measured approximately 1.38 acres and was between 12 and 20 feet deep. The fill contained an immense array of waste materials including concrete blocks, structural wood, structural metal, conduit, flooring, stumps, brush, plumbing fixtures, metal sewer piping, insulation, fragmented glass, and broken concrete with significant amounts of rebar protruding. Additionally, the inspectors saw one of Collier’s employees actively levelling the waste pile with industrial equipment.

Following the inspection, DEQ issued two Notices of Violation – one informing Collier that he had violated the State Water Control Law and Regulations by performing industrial and land-disturbing activities on the site without a Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) permit, and the other informing him that he had violated the Virginia Waste Management Act by disposing, treating and storing nonhazardous solid waste on the site without a DEQ permit. Collier ignored both notices and continued to operate the illegal landfill.

DEQ has continued to receive complaints that trucks are continuing to bring debris and trash to Collier’s site. In July 2019, DEQ staff went to Collier’s site and, from an adjacent property, were able to see that he was continuing to accept brush, discarded vehicles, and other solid waste. They also saw tilled soil, multiple bulldozers, and other evidence that Collier was excavating land on his property without the appropriate permits.

“Collier has continued to ignore the Notices of Violation DEQ issued against him, has not responded to DEQ’s requests for information, has not applied for the VPDES Permit for Discharges of Stormwater from Construction, and has not applied for any permit that would allow him to dispose, treat, or store solid waste at the site. Nevertheless, he continues to operate his illegal landfill,” said Director Paylor.

In the lawsuit, the Commonwealth alleges three counts of illegal actions by Collier at his unlawful landfill in Greene County:

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Herring, DEQ File Suit to Shut Down Private Landfill in Greene Co.

Westlake Legal Group 11035577_G Herring, DEQ File Suit to Shut Down Private Landfill in Greene Co.

GREENE COUNTY(August 16, 2019) – Attorney General Mark R. Herring and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the filing of a lawsuit against Kenneth R. Collier, Sr. for operating an illegal, unpermitted landfill in Ruckersville, Greene County that has led to significant and repeated violations of Virginia environmental laws.

“This landfill has continued to operate illegally for years while its owner has blatantly ignored multiple violation notices from DEQ,” said Attorney General Herring. “An illegal, do-it-yourself landfill like this can have serious negative environmental impacts on the surrounding land and water if it is not properly constructed, permitted, and controlled.”

“Ensuring the proper disposal of waste is essential to protecting our environment,” said DEQ Director David K. Paylor. “We are pleased the OAG is taking action to ensure Mr. Collier complies with solid waste management requirements.”

In the suit, Attorney General Herring alleges that the landfill’s very existence is unlawful without a permit, that unpermitted and unlawful industrial activity has taken place on the property, and that operation of the illegal landfill has caused unlawful and unpermitted discharges of stormwater.

The suit was filed after the matter was referred to the Office of the Attorney General by the Director of the Department of Environmental Quality, whose staff provided the information upon which the suit is based, including site inspections and two Notices of Violation, which Collier ignored and continues to ignore. According to DEQ, Collier has been operating some form of landfill or waste dump site on his 42 acre property since 1976 and he has continually and knowingly violated Virginia’s waste management laws for decades.

The commonwealth’s lawsuit asks the court to order Collier to shut down the illegal landfill, to remove all waste from his property and dispose of it properly, for the maximum allowable civil penalties, and for any other relief that the court believes to be appropriate.

The lawsuit explains that in August 2017, DEQ received a citizen complaint against Collier, alleging that he had been allowing hundreds of dump trucks to deposit solid waste on his property for the last several years. In October 2017, DEQ staff requested to inspect the site but Collier refused. DEQ subsequently requested and received an inspection warrant from the Greene County Circuit Court and inspected the site a few days later. The inspection found a fill area that measured approximately 1.38 acres and was between 12 and 20 feet deep. The fill contained an immense array of waste materials including concrete blocks, structural wood, structural metal, conduit, flooring, stumps, brush, plumbing fixtures, metal sewer piping, insulation, fragmented glass, and broken concrete with significant amounts of rebar protruding. Additionally, the inspectors saw one of Collier’s employees actively levelling the waste pile with industrial equipment.

Following the inspection, DEQ issued two Notices of Violation – one informing Collier that he had violated the State Water Control Law and Regulations by performing industrial and land-disturbing activities on the site without a Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) permit, and the other informing him that he had violated the Virginia Waste Management Act by disposing, treating and storing nonhazardous solid waste on the site without a DEQ permit. Collier ignored both notices and continued to operate the illegal landfill.

DEQ has continued to receive complaints that trucks are continuing to bring debris and trash to Collier’s site. In July 2019, DEQ staff went to Collier’s site and, from an adjacent property, were able to see that he was continuing to accept brush, discarded vehicles, and other solid waste. They also saw tilled soil, multiple bulldozers, and other evidence that Collier was excavating land on his property without the appropriate permits.

“Collier has continued to ignore the Notices of Violation DEQ issued against him, has not responded to DEQ’s requests for information, has not applied for the VPDES Permit for Discharges of Stormwater from Construction, and has not applied for any permit that would allow him to dispose, treat, or store solid waste at the site. Nevertheless, he continues to operate his illegal landfill,” said Director Paylor.

In the lawsuit, the commonwealth alleges three counts of illegal actions by Collier at his unlawful landfill in Greene County:

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