Waste Facility Pros, Cons To Be Voiced

April 22, 1992|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff writer

Opponents and supporters of a company with plans to move its hazardous-waste transfer facility to Odenton will get a chance to voice their opinions tonight when the company outlines its proposal to the Maryland Department of the Environment.

The public hearing for Safety-Kleen Corp. is scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight in the auditorium of Arundel High School.

The Illinois-based Fortune 500 company, which operates 165 plantsthroughout the country, canceled a public hearing in February because it changed its plans by tripling the amount of material it wants tostore.

The firm now 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. The state has given the company tentative approval.

Originally, the company planned to store432 16-gallon drums and build two external 20,000-gallon tanks at the Odenton site.

Company officials said the first application was submitted several years ago, but the operations at its current Glen Burnie site have increased in the meantime.

The new Odenton facility, which would replace the Glen Burnie site, 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 in New Jersey and South Carolina, company spokesman John Feeleysaid.

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

The Greater Odenton Improvement Association has written a letter to the state, containing 26 questions which association leaders hope to get answered tonight. The letter asks for frequent inspections and expresses concern about truck traffic, chemical reactions and air pollution.

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