State officials approved a permit yesterday for a new $7 million landfill in Allegany County -- the only public landfill to be operated by a private corporation in the state -- paving the way for out-of-state trash to be trucked into Maryland.
Chambers Development Inc. of Pittsburgh, a waste disposal firm that has taken over municipal waste services along the East Coast, will build and operate the county's new landfill -- under a 1987 agreement with Allegany County officials -- in Vale Summit, about two miles north of Frostburg. The new landfill, which will replace a county landfill that is over capacity, is expected to begin operating by the end of the year.
"We're very pleased by the department's favorable action," said Ed Wiles, Chambers' spokesman.
The 20-year agreement between the county and Chambers includes a 125,000-ton yearly cap on trash dumped in the site. County officials have estimated that the county has 70,000 to 90,000 tons of trash annually, leaving the remainder to be marketed by Chambers.