Hearing Considered On Toxic Waste Facility

Neighbors/Odenton, Ft. Meade, Gambrills

Safety Kleen Plans Relocation To Odenton

August 21, 1991|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff writer

A public hearing could be scheduled for November on a company's plans to move a hazardous waste facility from Glen Burnie to an industrial park in Odenton.

The Maryland Department of the Environment tentatively approved plans last week for Safety Kleen Corp., based in Illinois, to move its Glen Burnie transfer station to the Mayfield Industrial Park.

Final approval won't come until after the public hearing, which must be requested by Sept. 16.

Mary Baldridge, an aide to County Councilman David G. Boschert, D-Crownsville, said she would ask for a hearing Monday.

"This is an area where residents live very close toan industrial park," Baldridge said.

"I think that is a legitimate concern."

Roy Belk, facilities manager at the Glen Burnie site, said the company wants its own building so that it can expand services.

The building in Odenton would be used to store petroleum-based products, such as used antifreeze, solvents and dry-cleaner waste.

The chemicals would be shipped from Odenton to recycling plants throughout the region.

Michael Sullivan, spokesman for the Maryland Department of Environment, said the company has received tentative approval to build two external 20,000-gallon tanks.

One will store solvents, the other spent antifreeze.

Under the tentative approval, the company also would be allowed to store up to 432 16-gallon drums containing the same materials.

Belk said each external tank will have containment berms capable of holding the contents.

"There will be nothing spilling out and running down the street," Belk said. "That is out of the question."

Sullivan said the company's Glen Burniesite has a clean environmental record with the state, although he added that the company and one of its truck drivers was cited last yearfor not having a license to haul hazardous materials.

Belk said one of the 15 drivers the company uses "slipped through the cracks" during the license renewal process. He said that the driver was qualified and that the company fixed the problem as soon as it was aware of it.

"We have a pretty good record," Belk said.

"We don't deal with any major outlandish chemicals."

Belk said the building would contain about 12,000 square feet and that he welcomes public comment.

"That is what a public hearing is for," he said. "People can voice their concerns, and we can put them to rest."

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