Waste Facility Hearing Canceled

Safety-kleen Wants To Change Application

February 07, 1992|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff writer

A public hearing scheduled for Tuesday on a company's plan to move ahazardous waste facility from Glen Burnie to Odenton has been canceled because the company wants to make major changes in its application.

John Goheen, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Environment, said the state has received a letter from Safety-Kleen Corp. asking for the delay and saying it planned to submit more information.

Goheen said the state received no information on what changes thecompany plans on making. A date for a new public hearing has not been set.

Company officials in Illinois could not be reached for comment yesterday. Roy Belk, facilities manager for the Glen Burnie

operation, said he did not know of any changes and said he was just informed yesterday that the hearing would be postponed.

The Maryland Department of Environment has given Safety-Kleen tentative approval to build two external 20,000-gallon tanks at the Odenton site. 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 company currently operates a transfer station in Glen Burnie, but wants its own building so it can expand.

Belk said the building in Odenton would be used to store such petroleum-based products as used antifreeze, solvents and dry-cleaner waste. The chemicals would be shipped from Odenton to recycling plants, he said.

Residents living near the Mayfield Industrial Park off Telegraph Road are concerned about hazardous waste leaking into their well water.

A committee set up by the Odenton Improvement Association had sent a letter to Safety-Kleen asking 26 questions about the proposal. The letter asks about frequent and surprise inspections, expresses concern about truck traffic and dangers of chemical reactions and subsequent air pollution.

"At least (the company) knows the issues," OIA board member Dale Crane said Wednesday night. "If it changes something, great. It would be better if (the letter) prevented it" from being approved.

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