Virginia Landfill Now One of Nation’s Most Hazardous Sites

March 21, 2008

A Loudoun County, Virginia landfill blamed for contaminating drinking wells is being added to a federal registry of the nation’s most hazardous sites.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency added the Hidden Lane Landfill to its priorities list for Superfund sites Wednesday. The designation allows the EPA to begin evaluating the extent of the pollution and develop a plan to remove it.

Officials say the landfill is likely the source of the toxic chemical trichloroethylene that has contaminated more than 25 wells. The chemical agent is linked to several types of cancer.

The landfill operated from 1971 to 1984 while Loudoun was one of the fastest-growing areas of the country.

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