West County

August 19, 1993

Bill would let landfill neighbors tap into public water lines

The chairman of the County Council has introduced a bill that would allow several communities surrounding the Millersville Landfill to tap into public water lines.

The communities now are in the "no service area," explained Mary Baldridge, aide to David G. Boschert, D-Crownsville. "All this bill does is move them up in the planning. Right now, they can't even apply" for water connection.

The bill covers communities and homes located along Dicus Mill Road, Gambrills Road and Burns Crossing Road. Residents there "believe it is in the interest of their health and safety to be provided with public water service," Mr. Boschert said in his proposed resolution.

The council is expected to discuss the bill at its Sept. 7 meeting.

A $130 million class-action lawsuit filed by residents who accused county officials of mishandling the landfill and asked a judge to close it was dismissed in July 1992.

Residents and environmentalists have complained that the county has chronically violated state environmental laws, including the landfill's operating-permit and erosion-control laws.

The landfill has come under increased scrutiny since nearby residents learned three months ago about plans to extend its life by 25 years. The residents also are upset that the county found toxic chemicals beneath the landfill in 1985, but never notified them.

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