Incinerated garbage from Philadelphia arrived on the shores of Virginia on New Year's Day, and local officials are trying to block a private landfill operator from accepting it for his dump.
"We are not going to be a dumping ground for everything on the East Coast," said James Walton, chairman of the King and Queen County Board of Supervisors.
"We have a lot of unanswered questions that we want answered."
But Louis Carreras, who owns the 120-acre landfill near Millers Tavern, argues that he has the state permits required to accept the ash, which he said is not toxic.
"It's none of the county's business," he said. "Everybody's all shook up. But this stuff is not toxic. I wouldn't mind putting it in my own back yard."
As much as 150,000 cubic yards of ash -- enough to cover a football field and rise 28 feet -- is headed for the county.
"The first we heard about it was when a got a call from somebody outside the county on New Year's Day," said County Supervisor Robert Allen Kay. "We held a special board meeting the next day and called in [state] Health Department officials."
A Health Department official says Carreras qualified for the permits.