- Northern Virginia's Potomac Landfill has asked the city of Dumfries for permission to raise the landfill's height limit from 195 feet to 310 feet.
- By expanding vertically, the landfill promised that it would be able to close for good within 15 years - quicker than expected if the landfill expands horizontally. Additionally, vertical expansion would allow the city and landfill owners to develop additional land being held for landfill expansion.
- Dumfries will discuss the proposal at an August 21st meeting.
From the article:
Potomac Landfill wants permission from the town of Dumfries to build higher construction debris mountains.
If allowed to do so, landfill officials say the entire landfill would close for good in 15 years – a lot sooner than if it expands outwards.
Plus, part of the landfill property not used for active filling could be redeveloped before the business even closes.
“[Potomac Landfill] has essentially two options for continuation of its operation. It may expand outwards or it may expand upwards,” said John Foote, attorney for the landfill in letter he recently wrote to Dumfries Town Manager Dan Taber.