Lorton, VA

Lorton Correctional Facility

EGS provided comprehensive environmental services, adhering to stringent cleanup standards prior to disposition of the property.

View of a guard station at the Lorton Correctional Facility site in Lorton, Virginia

Value Delivered

EMCOR Government Services (EGS) provided comprehensive environmental services as part of this project, working with the General Services Administration (GSA) to remediate extensive environmental issues at the 3,000-acre Lorton Correctional Facility site, which was being shut down after years of neglect.

Under- and above-ground storage tanks, asbestos, gasoline spills, and contaminated soil were among the environmental issues necessary to address before the facility could be transferred to and developed by private and local public sectors.

EGS met stringent time and scheduling requirements, conveyed an environmentally acceptable site to the local community, utilized optimal methods of disposal while managing costs, and accommodated the continuation of secure prison operations at one of the facilities during the project.

Client Objectives

GSA, the owner of the Lorton facility, required extensive remediation and cleanup services in order to eventually transfer the facility to its new stakeholders. This included cleanup solutions for sites contaminated by both gasoline and diesel fuel, characterization and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous soil, disposal of unused chemical drums, and addressing a vast network of under- and above-ground storage tanks.

Environmentally impacted areas included two firing ranges, a wastewater plant, uncertified landfill, 60 underground storage tanks, and 35 areas contaminated by gasoline and diesel fuel.

Additionally, GSA required work in accordance with protecting the voluntary remediation status they had established under a Memorandum of Understanding between local and federal governments.


EGS expertly navigated the complex environmental and logistical demands of this project, delivering a variety of services including:

  • Conducting of Phase I & II Environmental Site Assessments
  • Characterization and disposal of 200,000 tons of hazardous and non-hazardous soil
  • Categorization and disposal of thousands of drums containing unused chemicals
  • Structured remedial work plans for closure of firing ranges and landfill
  • Formulated RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) Closure Plan for a wastewater clarifier
  • Prepared and implemented corrective action plans for 2 LUST (leaking underground storage tank) sites
  • Prepared spill prevention, control, and countermeasures plan for 60 fuel storage tanks
  • Administered facility-wide hazardous surveys and material management plan
  • Managed all subcontractors performing environmental service work
  • Assisting GSA with adherence to stringent cleanup standards that would allow conveyance of the property without use restrictions

Client Background

The Lorton Correctional Facility was a 3,000-acre correctional complex that operated from 1916 until its last prisoners were removed in 2001. It was sold to Fairfax County in 2002.