EPA to host forum Tuesday on Superfund landfill site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will have an open-house-style meeting about the Hidden Lane Landfill Superfund site from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Cascades Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling.

There will be no formal presentation, but an EPA representative and county staff members will answer questions about the status of the cleanup, EPA and county officials said.

The Hidden Lane Landfill was a 25-acre, privately owned disposal facility north of Route 7, between the Broad Run Farms and Countryside communities. County and state health officials have said the landfill is likely to be the source of the degreasing solvent trichloroethene (TCE) that was first detected in drinking-water wells for some houses in the Broad Run Farms subdivision, just west of the landfill, in 1989.

In 2008, the EPA added the landfill to the National Priorities List of most-hazardous waste sites, making it eligible for money from the federal Superfund cleanup program. The EPA has taken the lead at the site and continues to work with the county and the state to resolve environmental and health risks, EPA officials said. Information about the landfill is at www.loudoun.gov/hiddenlanelandfill.

Dulles Greenway sets record with annual Drive for Charity

The Dulles Greenway’s eighth annual Drive for Charity set a record for donations after collecting $268,942.85 Thursday, roadway officials said in a statement.

The proceeds will be donated to local charities and a scholarship program.

Thursday also marked the road’s highest traffic day in the past three years. Over the eight years that the privately owned, 14-mile toll road has hosted the Drive for Charity, nearly $1.8 million has been raised for local charitable organizations and scholarship funds, officials said.

American Heart Association honors county government

The Loudoun County Government has been recognized as a “Start! Fit-Friendly” organization by the American Heart Association for the sixth consecutive year. The county received the group’s Platinum Award, the highest level of achievement.

The association recognizes employers that promote a culture of health, implement physical activity and nutrition programs, and demonstrate outcomes related to workplace wellness through behavior change and cost savings, the association said in a statement.

Information about the Fit-Friendly Program is at www.startwalkingnow.org.

Loudoun Country Day hires new Lower School director

Darren P. Holgate will join Loudoun Country Day School as the new Lower School director July 1.

Holgate has a bachelor of education degree from Leeds Metropolitan University in Leeds, Yorkshire, England. He received a master’s from Johns Hopkins University in 2009, with a dual certificate in technology integration and educational leadership in independent schools.

Holgate taught in Britain and New Zealand before moving to Maryland to teach at St. Paul’s School in Baltimore County.

— Compiled by Caitlin Gibson