Company Wants Hazardous-waste Space Tripled

Hearing On Safety-kleen Permit Rescheduled For April 22

March 18, 1992|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff writer

A company that wants to move its hazardous-waste transfer facility to Odenton is asking the state for permission to more than triple the amount of material it can store.

Safety-Kleen Corp. was scheduled for a public hearing on its proposal last month. But four days beforethe hearing, company officials asked the state Department of the Environment for a delay so it could submit a revised plan.

The firm wants to store 1,485 16-gallon drums and build six external 20,000-gallon tanks at the proposed facility in the Mayfield Industrial Park off Telegraph Road, and has received tentative state approval.

The state already had tentatively approved the company's request to store 432 16-gallon drums and build two external 20,000-gallon tanks at the Odenton site.

John Feeley, a company spokesman, said the original application was submitted several years ago, and the operations at its Glen Burnie site had simply grown in the meantime. "A number of things were completely outdated," he said.

Residents who live near the industrial park say they are concerned about chemicals leaking into their well water.

Sally Shoemaker, vice president of the Greater Odenton Improvement Association, said her group has written a letter to the state containing 26 questions about the company's proposal. The letter asks for frequent and surprise inspections, expresses concern about truck traffic and dangers of chemical reactions and subsequent air pollution.

"We assume the questions will be addressed at the public hearing," Shoemaker said. The company's changes "probably double the concerns of the residents."

Michael Sullivan, spokesman for the Department of the Environment, said the tentative approval for the modifications could change after the public hearing.

The new Odenton facility would be used to store petroleum-basedproducts such as used anti-freeze, solvents and dry-cleaner waste. The chemicals would be shipped from Odenton to recycling plants in NewJersey and South Carolina.

Safety-Kleen, an Illinois-based Fortune 500 company, has 165 plants throughout the country. "It is a highlyregulated business," Feeley said. "We are built to better-than-required standards."

A new hearing is set for April 22.

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