You won't see people lining up to climb this mess:
Ever since plans for the giant landfills were announced years ago, the suspicion has been that they would be used to hold trash generated in other states and shipped here. There’s plenty of cheap land in some of North Carolina’s easternmost counties, communities where the population is low income. Those counties have high water tables, so most of the trash would be “buried” above ground, thus creating the Great Trash Mountain Range, maybe adjacent to state parks.
There's no maybe about it. This critical wildlife refuge will likely be the first to suffer from this exceptionally bad public policy move:
The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is the largest intact remnant of a vast habitat that once covered more than one million acres of southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. Formal protection of this resource began in 1973, when the Union Camp Corporation (a local forest products company) donated 49,097acres to The Nature Conservancy. The Nature Conservancy conveyed the donated land to the federal government, which, combined with additionally purchased land, was used to establish the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in 1974.
The Dismal Swamp Act of 1974 directs the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to: “Manage the area for the primary purpose of protecting and preserving a unique and outstanding ecosystem, as well as protecting and perpetuating the diversity of animal and plant life therein. Management of the refuge will be directed to stabilize conditions in as wild a character as possible, consistent with achieving the refuge’s stated objectives.”
With a secondary purpose to: “Promote a public use program when not in conflict with the primary objectives of the refuge.”
By "public use" they meant recreational purposes, not allowing private companies to ship in millions of pounds of trash from all over the region. And it's not just critters and plants who could suffer from this:
I understand some municipalities have been struggling to figure out how to (efficiently) dispose of their solid wastes. But you don't go from that to becoming a dumping ground for the entire Southeast, and you damned sure don't locate these festering sites in areas where leaks could migrate into drinking wells and sensitive wetlands.