NORTH--Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro

June 11, 1993

Company asks to tap more water

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will hold a public informational hearing Tuesday on a request by Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc., of Hampstead, to increase their existing water-use permit from an average of 80,000 gallons a day of ground water to an average of 432,000 gallons a day.

Kenneth M. Miller, chief of the department's water appropriation permits section, said the company is pumping ground water out of the ground for its own use and to clean the water of chemical contamination.

In 1984, the Maryland Department of the Environment found carcinogens in water from a well behind Black & Decker. The contamination was traced to underground storage tanks that have since been removed.

The effect of the pumping, after 30 days with no recharge, would be to draw down the water table at the nearest property line by less than eight feet, the department said.

The hearing will be held at 7 p.m. in the North Carroll High School auditorium. Public questions and comments will be accepted, Mr. Miller said.

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