A Laurel company is working on plans to move its medical waste transfer station to the Mayfield Industrial Park in Odenton, said County Councilman David G. Boschert, D-Crownsville.
Few details were available yesterday, including the name of the company and exactly what it proposes to do. Boschert said company officials agreed to have a public meeting about the project before the end of the month.
The industrial park is located on Mayfield Road between Route 170 and the MARC commuter rail lines.
Boschert said he talked to a company official, Rick DeSalvo, on Wednesday, who said the facility would accept syringes, bandages and other used hospital materials.
The waste would go to storage facilities in other states after stopping in Odenton.
DeSalvo, who told Boschert only that he represented a company called "RSO," could not be reached for comment.
The move came as a surprise to neighborhood leaders. Pat Wellford, president of the Odenton Community Association, said she had not heard of the company's plan.
Michael Sullivan, spokesman for the Maryland Department of the Environment, said his office has not received any paperwork on the project, though he recalls someone talking about it several months ago.
Sullivan said that for the facility to be built, it would have to pass zoning regulations and receive a permit from the state. He said a public hearing would not be necessary, however.
"There is a list of requirements for engineering plans, waste receiving and how they will handle it and what equipment they will use," Sullivan said.
"I don't know how fast they are going along," Boschert said, adding that he thinks the company has submitted plans to the federal government's Environmental Protection Agency.
The land, owned by Ernest J. Litty of the Leimbach Development Corp. in Glen Burnie, is zoned W2, a light-industrial zoning classification.
But Boschert said he was unsure if such a medical waste facility would be allowed in that type of zone without a special exception.
The land also is included in the periphery of the new Odenton Town Center, which is being reviewed by a committee set up to plan the budding industrial and commercial zone.
Depending on how the committee, which conducted its second meeting last night, votes, new zoning regulations could be placed on the entire Town Center area.
Any such changes also would have to be approved by the County Council.
Boschert said he would make sure that Odenton residents are kept up to date on the project and that, if built, it conforms to all county and state regulations.
"If it's not up to par, I don't want it," he said.
"I told (DeSalvo) straight out; I want to have him come to the community and meet with them. He said he would be more than willing to by the end of the month. I don't like surprises. I don't want an issue coming up in my district without making sure there are safeguards in place."
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