A Crofton firm's proposal to crush and recycle concrete and asphalt will be the subject of a public hearing before the state Department of the Environment tomorrow night.
While the Crofton Civic Association has taken no formal position on plans submitted by E.L. Gardner Inc., Town Manger Jordan Harding said the board most likely will oppose the project.
Community leaders, he said, are concerned about air and noise pollution, as well as sediment erosion and whether adequate runoff protection exists at the site, located near a business park on Route 3, across from Crofton's main entrance.
"They are far from being way out in the woods," Harding said. "They are right on top of stores along Route 3. Can you imagine what the noise will do, as well as the dust?"
The concrete manufacturer has applied for a permit to set up a large crusher, which would enable it to recycle 20,000 tons of excess concrete a year.
Ronnie Gardner, the vice president, said the company wants to accept asphalt and other materials from other companies and recycle it. The company already has a permit to stockpile the rubble.
Concerns about the project arose in January when Harding received a copy of a flier put out by Gardner's company soliciting material to recycle.
Harding found the company did not have a permit to accept outside concrete or asphalt. Gardner said he assumed a permit he obtained from the county allowing him to recycle his own concrete allowed him to take in outside rubble.
Getting a permit from the Department of the Environment is Gardner's last hurdle. He said truck traffic going into his business will be minimal and that a water-suppression system will keep dust from spreading to nearby businesses.
The company now recycles its own concrete using a crude method of separating the powder from larger chunks. Gardner said only 20 percent of the excess concrete can be reused this way; the rest is trucked to rubble landfills.
Harding said he wants dirt roads leading into the business paved, because he already has received complaints from businesses about dust. Crofton officials also want assurances that there will be adequate sediment and erosion controls.
The hearing will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Crofton Meadows Elementary School.