Board of Supervisors Defers Action on Lorton Landfill
June 17, 2014 – Today, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors deferred action on the application to extend the life and expand the size of the Lorton Landfill. As part of the deferral, Chairman Bulova provided a framework for a possible compromise solution to be considered by the applicant, EnviroSolutions, Inc.
“I believe that with some changes, the application will provide the County with the landfill capacity needed to meet our revitalization goals while also addressing the adverse impacts to the surrounding community,” Chairman Bulova stated. “The landfill is important in helping the County to achieve our goal to revitalize and redevelop our aging commercial and industrial areas, such as Tysons, Merrifield, Springfield and the Richmond Highway areas by providing a disposal site in close proximity to these areas,” Chairman Bulova said.
At the same time, Chairman Bulova addressed some concerns with the existing application. “During the public hearing and through a task force I convened, I have become concerned that the original application goes too far and would have too much of an impact on the surrounding community. It is my hope that the applicant will consider revising its proposal in a way that addresses these impacts."
Areas for consideration by the applicant include the elimination or substantial reduction in height of the so-called berm, which would run the circumference of the landfill and rise to 70 feet. This Mechanically Stabilized Earthen Berm is not just a hill in the dictionary sense of the word, but is essentially a very large retaining wall that would surround the entire landfill. Chairman Bulova said the berm presents long-term liability issues for the County and that she hopes ESI will choose to eliminate it from its proposal.
Chairman Bulova also noted that while the County could benefit from the proposed green energy demonstration project outlined in the application, some elements such as the three wind turbines in Phase 1 could harm the bald eagles nesting in Mason Neck. She also expressed concern that if the original application were approved, overall capacity granted could exceed the need in the County and end up serving a much larger base. “I believe the County can do more to encourage Construction Debris recycling,” Chairman Bulova said.
Chairman Bulova moved to defer the decision on this application to July 29, 2014 at 5:00 pm. She will also continue to work with Supervisor Hyland and the surrounding community to discuss the proposed framework.