Hearing set on water discharge plan

August 11, 1994

The Maryland Department of the Environment will hold a public hearing at 2:30 p.m. today on Browning-Ferris Industries' application to discharge treated water from its closed Solley Road hazardous waste landfill into an intermittent stream that leads to Marley Creek.

The agency is looking favorably upon BFI's discharge plan, but not everyone else is. Critics fear the discharge, though intermittent, could change the habitat in sensitive wetlands and further harm polluted Marley Creek, which the county and state are trying to restore.

State Sen. Philip C. Jimeno, whose district includes the site, is urging the agency to reject the permit application to protect the community.

John Blumenthal, who plans to build 738 houses on adjacent land, worries that the stream, which crosses his property, would alter wetlands or contaminate the land he plans to develop.

Browning-Ferris Industries, in written testimony, has maintained this is the only option it examined that can work.

The hearing will be in the fire station at Solley and Fort Smallwood roads. The Maryland Department of the Environment planned the hearing, a continuation of one held in June, because the agency did not properly notify people of the earlier hearing.

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