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County no longer has to pay for landfill monitoring

Mathews County is no longer on the hook for post-closure care at the county’s former sanitary landfill on Ridge Road.

County administrator Steve Whiteway announced during last month’s supervisor’s meeting that, after an evaluation, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality had decided that the county will no longer have to pay approximately $25,000 a year to monitor the groundwater and maintain the cap at the landfill. DEQ had already released the county from having to pay for gas monitoring at the site.

The wells that were installed to monitor groundwater and gas will have to either be maintained in good working order or be "properly abandoned," said a letter from Kyle Winter, DEQ’s deputy regional director. The county is now responsible for the site, including any future problems, and it has to prevent the facility from becoming "an open dump, hazard or nuisance."

DEQ has suggested that the county protect the cap; inspect it ...

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