Rosedale groups to continue fight against soil project

March 24, 1992|By Patrick Gilbert | Patrick Gilbert,Staff Writer

Rosedale neighborhood groups vow to continue to oppose a soil recycling plant proposed in their community, despite the defeat in the state legislature of two bills aimed at delaying the project.

The Senate Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee unanimously killed two measures Friday that had been introduced at the request of the community.

One bill would have imposed a moratorium on building soil reclamation plants statewide until a task force studied their environmental impact.

The other proposal, citing the polluting industries already in Baltimore, would have banned soil recycling facilities within 10 miles of the city.

The plant, to be located in the Chesaco Industrial Park off Pulaski Highway in eastern Baltimore County, would take petroleum-contaminated soil and remove the petroleum residues by "cooking" the dirt at about 500 degrees Fahrenheit, then burning off the evaporated contaminants.

The $5 million facility would be operated by Environmental Recycling Associates, which contends that the plant is an environmentally sound way to clean up some 12 million tons of soil in Maryland tainted by leaking, underground fuel storage tanks.

But Rosedale residents argue that the recycling plant poses a potential air pollution problem.

"We will continue to do whatever it takes to oppose this plant," said William Burgess, president of the Greater Rosedale Community Council, which represents 11 neighborhood organizations.

"They didn't even make any attempt to amend them or anything," Mr. Burgess said. "The committee showed a total lack of interest about our concerns."

Mr. Burgess said the community council will next voice its opposition at the state Department of the Environment's permit hearings.

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