Harford rubble fill owners seek buyer

November 04, 1992|By Carol Bowers | Carol Bowers,Staff Writer

The owners of a controversial Harford County rubble fill, where tests revealed high levels of suspected carcinogens in monitoring wells, are negotiating with four possible buyers.

William L. Geary Jr., a spokesman for Spencer Sand & Gravel Inc., confirmed Monday that the rubble fill's owners are considering selling the 55-acre Abingdon site, which is now closed.

"It's a possibility, we may have to sell it," Mr. Geary said. "Obviously somebody in the county doesn't want us in business, but there might be somebody else who wants to come in and run it. We really don't know what we're going to do."

The fill, which accepts construction debris and other rubble, was shut down by the state Department of the Environment in August for lack of a current topographic map amid allegations that the operators had expanded the operation illegally.

State administrators later confirmed that 7 acres outside the permitted area were filled with debris and have ordered the company to submit a clean-up plan.

Tests in June showed rising amounts of trichloroethylene or TCE and dichloroethylene in monitoring wells on the east side of the site compared to amounts found in tests in September 1991.

Trichloroethylene, thought to cause cancer, is used in pesticides, paints and degreasers.

Dichloroethene is a solvent that can harm the liver, nervous and circulatory systems, the federal Environmental Protection Agency says.

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