GFCA General Meeting on Proposed
Groundwater Cleanup Plan
- Rescheduled Due to Weather -
Tuesday, December 17th - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Great Falls Grange
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the owner of the former Exxon Service Station at 9901 Georgetown Pike (Fairfax Petroleum Realty) have officially released the Corrective Action Plan (CAP) for the cleanup of groundwater contaminated by gasoline chemicals that leaked from the station. Download a copy, click here
GFCA will share in advance its critical evaluation of the CAP from the perspective of the GFCA Special Committee on Groundwater Contamination. community’s perspective. Please come and be prepared to ask questions of all parties present. Glen Sjoblom, co-Chair of GFCA’s Groundwater Contamination Special Committee, said “It is very important that residents of our Community come to this meeting, with their neighbors, to demonstrate our concerns about the purity and safety of our private well water.”
The CAP is being made available for public review for a 30-day Public Comment Period. A public notice will be placed in the Great Falls Connection for November 28, 2013. A printed copy will be available at the Great Falls Library.
The public may submit comments to DEQ per instructions provided in the CAP to: Alex Wardle, Environmental Geologist, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Northern Virginia Regional Office: Remediation, by email to Alex Wardle (Alexander.Wardle@deq.virginia.gov) with a copy to GFCA Groundwater Contamination Committee, Glen Sjoblom (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In early October, DEQ sent the draft CAP to GFCA. Over thirty pages of comments from the Committee, as well as independent scientists assisting GFCA on a pro-bono basis, were compiled. (Note: GFCA owes these scientists a great deal of gratitude for helping make its review more credible and useful.) The comments transmitted from GFCA to DEQ on October 22, recommended many significant changes since the Plan, as drafted, was judged inadequate. On October 30, GFCA representatives met with the DEQ Regional Director and his staff to discuss the comments and recommendations. DEQ agreed to direct the Kleinfelder Company to revise the CAP to incorporate many of GFCA’s comments before the CAP was made available for the required 30-day public comment period.
For complete updates and to view the Corrective Action Plan (CAP), please click here
Take Important GFCA Survey Here!
If you have not already taken the GFCA Survey on the Gasoline Spill and the risk to our well water, please take it here. Your opinions are important to formulating a community response.
• GFCA awaiting release of the contamination clean-up plan being developed by the Virginia Department of Environment Quality (VDEQ).
• Well water contamination concerns expressed.
• Gasoline Spill Updates page launched on GFCA website. See the link here, and on left column of this page. Check back often for latest developments.
• GFCA seeking opinions of citizens on spill and well water risk. Please take our survey, click here.
Renovations Planned for Great Falls Grange/Old Schoolhouse Property
It has been a long wait, but improvements are finally on the way. At the September 10th GFCA meeting Supervisor John Foust announced that the County and FCPA have appropriated over $500,000 for needed improvements to address numerous exterior issues at Great Falls Grange that are not ADA compliant including parking, walking routes, and an exterior lift for emergency egress on the second floor of the Grange as well as interior renovations to update the restrooms for those with special needs. Preserving the historical appearance of the Grange, while making improvements, remains a priority for the County, FCPA, GFCA, and the Great Falls Historical Society. In addition, the GFCA Long Term Planning Committee is working with FCPA to promptly make the Old Schoolhouse again available for non-profit organizations on Monday thru Thursday evenings and to plan implementation of Grange lower floor usage for senior and youth meeting needs
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