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ISLE OF WIGHT — The continued care of a landfill the county closed years ago will cost Isle of Wight $326,000 next year under the current budget proposal.
Don Robertson, a spokesman for the county, said Isle of Wight covered the county's landfill in the early 1990s under a closeout process regulated by the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.
"For landfills, you never close them out completely. There's always going to be maintenance," Robertson said.
That ongoing upkeep involves EPA and DEQ standards the county must meet, including ensuring that there is no leakage or runoff containing contaminated materials, Robertson said. The county is also responsible for safely and appropriately dispersing the gases that build up under the landfill cap.
The county now belongs to the Southeastern Public Service Authority, which manages waste for localities in southern Hampton Roads using a series of transfer stations and a regional landfill in Suffolk.
Robertson said the year-to-year cost of the landfill's post-closure care fluctuates because some maintinence activities are continuous and some are only necessary every few years.
The current year's cost for landfill upkeep is $425,000, nearly three times as much as the previous year's $150,807. The proposed budget, which is set to be voted on by the Board of Supervisors on May 1, includes $326,000.
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