Paper recycling plant due in HagerstownHAGERSTOWN...

WESTERN MARYLAND BRIEFS

June 27, 1993

HAGERSTOWN — Paper recycling plant due in Hagerstown

HAGERSTOWN -- Construction could begin as early as

August on a $135 million paper recycling and power plant that will recycle about 400 tons of office waste paper a day, company officials said.

The first phase of the project is building a 200,000-square-foot de-inking center to recycle the paper and a waste water treatment plant, said Thomas W. Murray, communications director for PENCOR Inc., a Baltimore company that is the principal firm in the development partnership.

The second phase involves building a natural gas-fired, 80 megawatt power plant in the 65-year-old Municipal Electric Light Plant, which closed in 1972. Some of the electricity generated by the electric plant would power the de-inking plant, and the rest could be resold, possibly to the city or a utility, Mr. Murray said.

The plant, which the developers are buying from the city for $1 million, will employ 90 full-time workers, he said. It will pay $350,000 a year in city taxes.

Most of the money for the recycling plant will come from the sale of tax-exempt bonds to private investors. The bonds are to go on sale July 21.

Mike Sullivan, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of the Environment, said the project developers submitted an application on June 13 to get a waste water treatment permit. He would not speculate on how long it would take for the company's application to be reviewed, but said a public hearing on the permit likely would be held soon.

Frederick police resort to pedal power

FREDERICK

FREDERICK -- Frederick police officers will resort to pedal power to help keep law and order.

Ten officers will be trained this week to hit the streets in July on two mountain bikes equipped for police work, police said.

The patrol officers, wearing black shorts and helmets with their police shirts, will ride bikes equipped with a saddlebag containing a fingerprint kit, a first aid kit, a summons book and other items. Farmers and Mechanics National Bank donated $2,500 to buy the bikes and riders' equipment.

Many other police agencies use bike patrols, including the Baltimore City, Montgomery County and Washington, D.C., police departments, said Lt. Robert Hargis, who originated the idea for a bike patrol.

The first bike unit originated in Seattle, he said.

Frederick's unit will operate during warm weather until police officials assess its effectiveness, Lieutenant Hargis said.

And waves check underground fault

FREDERICK Sound waves from small explosions are being used to give Fort Detrick officials a picture of underground fault lines in an area thought to contain chemicals suspected of polluting wells.

On Thursday, workers dug 2-foot holes at the Army base and buried stick-like explosives containing a white granular fertilizer combined with nitromethane, a red liquid used in some race cars.

The canisters were detonated, blowing dirt and rock about 20 feet into the air. Listening devices then tracked how long it took the sound to move through the soil, rock and water underground.

Information from the tests, which will continue through the weekend, will help paint a picture of the geological formations under Fort Detrick's Area B, which has several disposal sites dating to World War II.

"There is a fault line that bisects the area, and if we can find out where it is, specifically, we can determine which side of the installation the contamination is coming from," said Dave Hoffman, one of the project managers from the Army Environmental Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Efforts to locate contaminants and plan a cleanup began after 18 monitoring wells on Area B were tested in September and October. Six of the wells showed unsafe levels of trichloroethylene, a common metal cleaning and dry cleaning fluid that has been shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals.

Boonsboro man hurt in fall during climb

SANDY HOOK

SANDY HOOK -- A Boonsboro man received minor injuries when he fell about 25 feet while climbing Maryland Heights across from Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

Shane Best, 20, was treated for cuts and bruises Thursday night at Washington County Hospital and released, a spokeswoman said. About25 rescuers worked to get Best off a 3-foot ledge where he had landed.

He was the second person hurt in a fall from the cliffs this month. A 20-year-old Libertytown woman plunged about 30 feet onto a rock ledge on June 6. She was treated at a hospital and released.

House approves money for vaccine storage

FREDERICK

FREDERICK -- A House subcommittee has approved an additional $2 million for a vaccine production an storage facility at Fort Detrick.

The Armed Services subcommittee on military installations and facilities voted Thursday to authorize the spending as part of the 1994 Defense Authorization Bill. The bill now goes to the full committee.

The Fort Detrick authorization will allow site preparation and utility work to begin immediately after a site design study is completed, possibly by the end of the year. The structure is expected to cost about $100 million.

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