By MELINDA WILLIAMS
Contamination monitoring wells installed at the former Burlington Industries property in Dublin have finally been closed after more than 20 years.
“I’m quite happy about it,” Dublin Town Manager Bill Parker said of the fact Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) finally closed down the wells and filled them with grout. He had been trying to get the wells closed since 2001.
Parker said the wells were installed in the late 1980s to early 1990s to monitor groundwater to make sure there was no contamination from chemicals used at the former textile plant on Newbern Road. Although no contamination was found, he said the wells were “holding up sale of the property” because potential buyers became leery upon learning DEQ was monitoring the groundwater there.
“It clouds negotiations,” Parker said, explaining that potential buyers were concerned they might purchase property that would carry the unexpected cost of contamination cleanup.
Now that the wells are closed, the approximately 120 acres of property will “become a lot more attractive to buyers,” said Parker.
Dublin owns the property and has paid off its debt on it, according to Parker.