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Burlington monitoring wells finally closed

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

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.

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  1. roseanna

    May 29, 2014 at 11:50 am

    I think this is great. and I hope that Dublin can sell all of it. Well, lets see if Pulaski County doesn’t come in and but it. We are so rich we like to get both Dublin and Town of Pulaski out of the kinks. And, no I am not for annexing these two entity’s. Pulaski County needs to get off of their hinny’s and take care of their own citizens. We do have potential’s and we can get on the right track if we had a whole new Board and Administrator.

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