A public hearing is set for Tuesday on plans to move a hazardous waste facility from Glen Burnie to an industrial park in Odenton.
Residents near the Mayfield Industrial Park off Telegraph Road are expected to oppose Safety-Kleen Corp.'s plans, citing fears about ground water contamination from chemical leaks.
"If there was any kind of accident and the spill got into the ground water, it could contaminate the wells," said Mary Baldridge, an aide to County Councilman David G. Boschert, D-Crownsville.
Baldridge said residents who live along Lokus and other roads near the industrial park use well water and are concerned about accidents involvingtrucks hauling the waste and spilling chemicals into storm drains.
The Maryland Department of the Environment has given Safety-Kleen tentative approval to build two external 20,000-gallon tanks. One would store solvents, the other spent antifreeze.
Under terms of the approval, the company also would be allowed to store up to 432 16-gallon drums containing the same materials.
The Illinois-based companycurrently operates a transfer station in Glen Burnie but wants its own building so it can expand.
Roy Belk, facilities manager for theGlen Burnie plant, said 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, he said.
Belk, in an August interview, said each external tank will have containment berms capable of holding the contents.
"There will be nothing spilling out and running down the street," he said. "That is out of the question."
The public hearing isscheduled for 7 p.m. at Arundel Senior High.