Environmental awareness awarded

April 05, 1993|By Greg Tasker | Greg Tasker,Staff Writer

Sue Komick has been so impressed with trash collection service at her Silver Run home over the years that she nominated Woods Waste Removal for the county's Environmental Awareness Awards.

"They really go out of their way," Ms. Komick says. "They treat their customers good, and you never have to worry about getting your trash picked up.

"And they started recycling before the county even started talking about it."

Thanks to Ms. Komick, The Union Mills-based company will be the recipient of this year's Carroll County Environmental Awareness Award in the business and industry category. The nomination has been endorsed by the county's Environmental Affairs Advisory Board and the commissioners.

The awards will be presented during a ceremony April 29 in the County Office Building in Westminster.

Ms. Komick also nominated another winner: a Silver Run citizens group known as People Against Contamination of the Environment Inc., PACE, which has been pressing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to clean up a nearby southern Pennsylvania landfill that is suspected of polluting drinking wells in northern Carroll County.

PACE will receive the award in the institutional category.

"They've been pushing for 10 years to get that place cleaned up," said Ms. Komick of PACE's members. "Without their efforts, I think the EPA would be moving much, much slower on the cleanup."

The object of the group's work is the Keystone Sanitation Landfill in Union Township, Pa., about a quarter-mile over the state line from Carroll County. The EPA is working with 11 polluters to cap a portion of the landfill and clean up surrounding ground water.

The landfill was named a Superfund site in 1987. Pennsylvania residents first found heavy metals and coliform bacteria in their drinking water a decade ago. Silver Run residents found similar contaminants a year later.

"They're concerned about more than just the water contamination," Ms. Komick said of the PACE group. "They help anybody who has any environmental problems. They do road cleanups and try to make everybody aware of environmental problems."

In the individual category, the late Dwight Copenhaver, the county's former recycling coordinator, will receive posthumously the award for individuals.

Mr. Copenhaver died in January of Hodgkin's disease at age 48.

He was nominated for the environmental award by Claire Hillary-Prins of Hampstead; Neil Ridgely, Carroll's program manager in the Division of Landscape and Forest Conservation; and Virginia Cook, an office services assistant in the county's Office of Environmental Services.

"I think he was very instrumental in getting the recycling program together in Carroll," Ms. Cook said of Mr. Copenhaver. "He was a very hard worker and very dedicated to his job."

The county's first Environmental Awareness Awards, in appreciation to businesses, institutions and individuals who have made contributions in environmental protection and conservation, were presented two years ago.

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