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Sister Cities’ Landfill Stench Dispute Lands in Federal Court

May 27, 2022, 3:17 PM

The city of Bristol, Tenn., told a federal judge that its sister city of Bristol, Va., is failing to comply with its permits at a landfill where the stench is so bad that it’s affecting the ability of Tennessee first responders and teachers to do their jobs.

The Virginia city “has done virtually nothing to address the situation it has created,” despite multiple notices of violations, the Tennessee city told the US District Court for the Western District of Virginia. The Virginia city manager and city attorney referred to the landfill as a “monumental disaster” on May 24, the Tennessee ...