Hearings set on resealing of leaking landfill

August 17, 1994|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,Sun Staff Writer

The first of three county Board of Appeals hearings on how the owner of a leaking hazardous waste landfill on Solley Road can reseal its dump will begin Friday night.

John Blumenthal, an adjacent property owner, has challenged Browning-Ferris Industries' grading permit, alleging among other things that chipped tires and sludge are inappropriate for the site.

Mr. Blumenthal is proposing to build 738 homes on his land next to Marley Creek, and has been embroiled in fights with the Houston-based waste giant for several years.

Protective measures at the landfill, which has been closed since 1982, are failing and carcinogenic contaminants have permeated ground water that is moving north and west toward Marley Creek.

BFI is proposing to reseal the leaking trash hills with a controversial cap that includes a layer of chipped tires for drainage and sludge mixed with dirt. While this has permission from the federal Environmental Protection Agency, regrading the trash mounds using those materials requires county approval.

Frank Ward, who heads the county's permit application center, said he has asked BFI to clarify several points in the grading permit, including specifics about the use of chipped tires for drainage.

"At this time, we are not rescinding the permit," he said.

Even though its permit has been approved, BFI cannot do the grading while the appeal is pending.

BFI also is seeking permission from the Maryland Department of the Environment to discharge treated water into an intermittent stream that drains into Marley Creek.

At a hearing Thursday, the community and their legislators opposed it.

The hearing will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Room 309 of the Arundel Center in Annapolis.

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