Your June 28 article, “EPA to connect homes affected by landfill to public water system,” made us wonder if the 18-acre landfill in Hamilton is another Hidden Lane landfill. Is history repeating itself?
It has been more than five months since Cattail LC wrote a letter to the Loudoun Board of Supervisors and released an 8-minute video – posted at LoudounRuralLandfills.com – on the negative effects of the landfill, otherwise referred to and approved by the county as a “personal recreational field.” The county has taken minimal action on this issue beyond issuing a stop-work order seven months ago because the landfill is 10-feet higher than the county permitted.
Like the Hidden Lane landfill, the Hamilton landfill includes untested and undocumented demolition and construction debris. It is estimated that the landfill contains 420,000 to 500,000 cubic yards of waste, or 28,000 to 34,000 truckloads. It rises some 30 feet and dominates a quarter-mile-long boundary with neighboring conservation land. Liquid waste has also been dumped in the Hamilton landfill. The revenue from dumping could potentially have been in the millions of dollars.
No one knows what is in the waste because, to my knowledge, there were no manifests from dumpers and because the groundwater and surface water have not been tested. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, or VDEQ, was asked if it would certify that the landfill does not contain hazardous waste; it refused to do so.
Knowing this, who would allow their child to drink water affected by this landfill?
In a 2005 Connection newspaper article about the Hidden Valley landfill, Terrance Wharton, who at the time was director of engineering for Loudoun County, stated, “A lot of things went in there that should not have We didn’t know what was going in there.”
Ditto for the Hamilton landfill. We don’t know what has been dumped. There are no records. No testing. No monitoring wells.
Why don’t we learn from our past mistakes? How long will the community have to wait for the county to install monitoring wells?
The Board of Supervisors and the county need to act swiftly to correct this egregious mistake and to protect residents and the environment. We don't want to discover that the Hamilton landfill is the next EPA Superfund site in Loudoun County. Anything less than monitoring is irresponsible.