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Former landfill needs cleanup
MEETING SCHEDULED TO DISCUSS WAY TO FIX THE CONTAMINATION AT SITE IN SOUTHERN STAFFORD
BY ROBYN SIDERSKY
Fredericksburg officials will hold a meeting next week to disclose that there is groundwater contamination at the former city landfill in southern Stafford County.
The city is doing a study about the “statistically significant increase” in contaminants at the closed landfill on Cool Spring Road.
The property is owned and maintained by the city.
Dave King, assistant director of public works, said the city has groundwater monitoring probes and is looking at changing some wells and monitoring other wells at the landfill.
Richard Doucette, land protection program manager with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, said that groundwater contamination was found and the public hearing is “to identify what is there, talk about opportunities for remediation and where the potential risks are.”
The Virginia DEQ requires the city to hold public meetings when they are considering studies like this, Doucette said.
The landfill doesn’t pose any immediate health threats or issues, King said.
Once the study begins, which could be this fall or later, depending on the weather, it will probably take several months, King said.
Stafford County officials are aware of the study and the city’s plans, said Stafford Public Information Officer Shannon Howell.
She said they don’t have any concerns over the study or safety.
The city recently paid a $13,965 fine to resolve methane gas issues at the landfill.
In an Aug. 22 memorandum to the Fredericksburg council, city Public Works Director Doug Fawcett wrote that after the landfill was closed, the city was required to monitor and manage groundwater and methane gas on the property.
Doucette said the previous issue and this public hearing are unrelated.
King said the landfill opened in 1962 and accepted trash until 1987.
Engineers, city officials and Stafford officials will be available at the meeting to answer residents’ questions.
WANT TO GO?
Fredericksburg Department of Public Works will hold a public meeting to discuss contamination at the city’s closed Cool Spring Road Landfill.
WHEN: 1:30 p.m. Oct. 16
WHERE: 715 Princess Anne St., Room L6.
FOR MORE INFO: Contact Doug Fawcett, director of public works, at 540/372-1023, or mail comments to Box 7447, Fredericksburg, Va. 22404.
Robyn Sidersky 540/374-541