Enviro-gro Dumping Halted

April 21, 1991

TOWSON — A judge has barred a Catonsville environmental company from dumping sludge at a Glen Arm farm after Baltimore County officials argued theproperty owners failed to get required permits.

Circuit Judge Christian Kahl signed an injunction Monday that temporarily prevents Enviro-Gro Technologies Inc. from spreading sludge from the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant on the farm owned by Charles and Steve Peiper.

Enviro-Gro -- which also has had problems in Carroll County -- had obtained a state permit to collect, transport and spread the sludgeon the property, according to court papers. The firm had planned to begin dumping the sludge Tuesday.

Baltimore County Attorney H. Emslie Parks said county codes specify that a hearing before the county's zoning commission must be held before permission can be given. The injunction orders the county to hold a hearing in the next 10 days.

Enviro-Gro ran into problems dumping at a sludge pit on the Robert C. Neal farm in Taneytown last year.

The county ordered a halt to the dumping, following complaints from area citizens, saying the company didn't have county permission. However, the company did have state permits.

The 13,500-ton pit is the subject of a lengthy lawsuit that is now at the Court of Special Appeals level.

In October, theCounty Commissioners adopted a change in the zoning ordinance that makes the storage of sludge in Carroll illegal everywhere except near publicly owned sewage treatment plants.

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