Tests show no major contamination near former landfill
LOUDON, Tenn. (AP) – A former East Tennessee landfill is not the source of any major ground or water contamination, according to tests performed by the state Department of Environment and Conservation.
There had been speculation for years that the former Poplar Springs landfill in Loudon had polluted groundwater.
Loudon County Mayor Buddy Bradshaw told the Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1ElCPTP) that it was great news for the community.
The landfill operated from 1973-87. After the property was sold last year, the new owner questioned how much liability the county had in helping to remediate the property.
The report found that leachate from the landfill did have some contamination, but the levels were within safe ranges.
The entire TDEC report is set to be released this week.