23 named to Waste-To-Energy committee Panel will study incinerator need

January 08, 1993|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer

Carroll commissioners appointed 23 people yesterday to a Waste-to-Energy Study Committee and told them to investigate whether the county should build an incinerator.

Committee members include Sykesville Mayor Lloyd R. Helt Jr., Hampstead Town Manager and Manchester councilman John Riley, Lehigh Portland Cement Co. Plant Manager David H. Roush, Uniontown activist Rachelle Hurwitz and Union Bridge Mayor Perry L. Jones Jr.

Environmentalists, trash haulers and financial advisers also are on the committee, which will report to the commissioners in 18 months, Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy said.

A waste-to-energy plant would produce power by burning trash and would give the county an alternative to placing non-recyclable trash in landfills.

Mr. Helt, who will resign as Sykesville's mayor in May and move to Westminster, said, "I've always been fascinated by co-generation plants and waste-to-energy and the whole subject."

He said he looks forward to learning more about the process and whether it would be right for Carroll.

The committee was told to:

* Review existing reports, publications and industry data from public and private sources.

* Tour one or more waste-to-energy facilities. Residents and other interested people should be allowed to attend the tours.

* Conduct regular meetings around the county to solicit public input and comments.

* Contact nearby counties for input.

* Invite public and private representatives, including industry officials, to provide information.

L * Conduct meetings according to the state open meetings law.

The charge says the committee should consider short- and long-term environmental issues related to incinerators and landfills, examine legal and regulatory issues, and compare the costs of continuing landfilling with a combination of burning and landfilling.

Carroll's two landfills are expected to reach capacity by 2007. It would take at least five years to get an incinerator on line.

The committee also should consider whether an incinerator would serve only Carroll County or a number of counties, what type of incinerator could be used, who should own and operate it, and how the ash and residue should be handled.

Carroll Director of Public Works Keith R. Kirschnick and James E. Slater Jr., administrator of the Office of the Environment, also are committee members.

Other members are Robert Bare of Finksburg, Richard Borkowicz of Westminster, Steve Boyan of Marriottsville, Matt Brigance of Sykesville, Thomas Crumley Jr. of Westminster, Myron Diehl of Hampstead, Theodore Hoefler Jr. of Sykesville and John Joiner of Westminster.

Also, Sam Ketterman of Alex. Brown and Sons Inc., Harold Mercer of Sykesville, Arthur Peck of Westminster, Doris Pierce of New Windsor, Melvin Schneider of Finksburg, Edward Sledge of Piper and Marbury, Jim Talley of Woodbine and Jacob Yingling of Westminster.

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