Sam Jones Junkyard
Current Site Information
EPA Region 3 (Mid-Atlantic)Prince William County
EPA ID# VA0981036858
7th Congressional District
Last Update: May 2000
Current Site StatusThe Responsible Parties signed a Consent Order in May, 1999 agreeing to implement measures to prevent migration of hazardous substances, determine the extent of contamination at the Site and to remove the contamination to safe levels. The Response Action Plan has been revised in response to EPA’s comments but is still not approved by EPA.
Site DescriptionSam Jones Junkyard is an active automotive salvage and industrial junkyard located in Prince William County on State Routes 29/11. The Site is approximately one mile west of Gainesville, Virginia. Operations reportedly began in 1934 by the current property owner. The junkyard property is roughly 66 acres in size. The majority of the property is covered with salvage material including old automobiles, tires, metal scrap, batteries, transformers and 55 gallon drums. Two large mounds of “trash” containing various car parts, vessels, and miscellaneous materials, are located onsite. A quarry, located in the approximate center of the junkyard, operated in the 1960s and is now filled with water. The property is accessible to the general public. The Site is drained by the North Fork Creek into Lake Manassas, a public water source, less than two miles from the site. The Site is bounded on the east by a residential development.
Site ResponsibilityThe Loudoun County Department of Health and the Virginia Deparment of Environmental Quality have been the key agencies addressing the contamination issues at the site up until now. If the site is added to the National Priorities List, the EPA will take the lead and work with these other agencies at resolving the environmental and health risks at the site.
NPL Listing HistoryOn September 19, 2007 the EPA proposed to add the site to the NPL. The deadline for comments on the listing was November 19, 2007.