Lorton landfill critics voice concerns at public hearing

FAIRFAX, Va. (WJLA) - Deeply concerned Lorton residents packed a contentious public hearing before the Fairfax Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to voice their concerns over the Lorton landfill.

“Lorton has emerged as a place to be in Fairfax County," said resident Irma Clifton.

They are opposing a proposal by EnviroSolutions, the company that runs the landfill, to extend the life of the facility. The landfill is slated to close in 2018, but EnviroSolutions wants to keep it open through 2034.

EnviroSolutions spokesperson Conrad Mehan says the company is also willing to invest millions of dollars in improvements:

"Our concept is to reuse the landfill and turn it into a green energy park. We think this is the county’s best opportunity to demonstrate environmental stewardship.”

But critics say that adding that much additional life to the landfill doesn’t work with a community that is growing in terms of housing, shopping, and recreation.

"This is not a case of not-in-my-backyard…we’ve outgrown this landfill, stick to the existing agreement," insisted resident Lawrence Rice.

The public hearing is expected to continue late into the night. A decision by county leaders is expected sometime in June.