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Virginia Landfills Not A Threat To Drinking Water, DEQ Says

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Virginia's drinking water is protected from the effects of landfills.
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Virginia's drinking water is protected from the effects of landfills.

In response to concern raised by a state task force, Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality is saying there's no reason to worry about landfills contaminating drinking water.

The issue was raised again after the Department of Environmental Quality asked the task force to modify or eliminate monthly ground and surface water reporting requirements.

The DEQ's Jeffery Steers assured members that older landfills are more of a nuisance than a threat and have been undergoing remediation. "Currently-built landfills have engineered liner systems and have strict limits on siting criteria... in other words you can't site a landfill on a low flood plane near a stream or real close within five feet of groundwater, so there's protective standards in plae" says Steers.

He also says the public need not worry about landfills built within the last decade or so.

Steers admits that there's been miscommunication with localities about testing frequency mandates after landfill closures, but he says waste management companies work closely with the DEQ to ensure that water sources are well-protected.

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