Bedford leaders work to mitigate industrial chemical leak at former landfill site

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BEDFORD, Va. (WDBJ7) Environmental safety measures are being taken around an old landfill in Bedford.

Routine testing showed an industrial chemical was leaking out of a site that collected trash between the 1950s and 1990s.

Bedford's Department of Public Works is putting a concentrated version of carbon into the ground, to try and counteract the chemical leak.

The Director of Public Works, D.W. Lawhorne, told WDBJ7 Tuesday that the leak does not pose a risk to public health.

"The levels are very small and minute," Lawhorne said of the chemical leak. "What we're trying to do is monitor (the leak) to make sure it does not get to the level where it is a risk."

Public Works may do additional monitoring, farther out from the old landfill site, to make sure the chemicals are not leaking onto nearby properties.