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Posted on: February 3, 2017

Presidential Order Not Expected to Impact Hidden Lane Landfill Cleanup

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Loudoun County wants to reassure members of the public the county government has been working—and continues to work—with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the Virginia Department of Health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and residents to resolve the contamination issues at the Hidden Lane Landfill superfund site. The collaborative effort will continue until remediation of the site is complete.

The county has been in communication with the EPA, which oversees the Hidden Lane Landfill superfund site, and there is no indication that a reported presidential order concerning EPA contracting will affect ongoing work at the Hidden Lane site. The county does not anticipate any negative impact or slowdown of the cleanup effort at the Loudoun site.

“The county has been proactively working to mitigate any harmful effects from the landfill for many years now," said Supervisor Suzanne Volpe, who represents Loudoun’s Algonkian District where the landfill is located. “We will remain vigilant in keeping affected residents informed about any impact on the remediation efforts.” 

The primary impact has been on residents of the Broad Run Farms subdivision and a small portion of the Countryside neighborhood adjacent to the landfill. The cooperative effort resulted in the elimination of the immediate public health threat from contaminated private drinking water wells by providing water treatment systems to property owners with unsafe drinking water; conducting human health and environmental risk assessments; and evaluating potential remedies for site cleanup. In addition, the local health department continues to monitor drinking water wells in the area through quarterly water testing and the EPA is routinely monitoring groundwater.

EPA site assessments and ongoing testing by water providers have shown that the Potomac River and the drinking water derived from it are not being adversely impacted by the Hidden Lane Landfill site. In addition, public water suppliers that use the Potomac River as a water source test, filter and treat all water prior to delivery to customers. Public water is tested for a variety of contaminants including trichloroethylene (TCE), which is the contaminant of concern at the Hidden Lane Landfill site.

Background information about the Hidden Lane Landfill, which was a privately operated landfill that ceased operations in 1985, is posted on the county’s website at www.loudoun.gov/hiddenlanelandfill.

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