BGE agrees to move storm-water pond at dump

January 12, 1995|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,Sun Staff Writer

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. acceded to community demands this week and agreed to move a storm-water pond at its Marley Neck fly-ash dump back from the edge of Solley Road.

The agreement settles a dispute between the utility and neighbors in the Solley community. The residents had accused BGE of using vague wording in an Anne Arundel County Board of Appeals order to maintain an 80-foot buffer.

"This is good," said Carl Hackmann, spokesman for the Coalition of Communities and Citizens Against Fly Ash. "Without input from the community, this would not have happened."

BGE officials said they acquiesced to be a good neighbor, even though BGE will lose land where it could have put 20,000 to 25,000 tons of fly ash. The ash is a byproduct of fuel burned at electricity generators.

"We listened to what the community wanted," said Jeff Jefferson, a BGE spokesman.

County officials, who also heard the community's complaints last fall, suggested that BGE take another look at its plans for a 50,000-square-foot storm-water pond.

"We had some discussions. Based upon our discussions, BGE looked at their plans," said Frank Ward, director of the Permit Application Center. "We've been working with them to try to move the buffer back."

Last fall, the utility showed no sign of backing down from its plans for the 600-foot-long pond. At issue was the location of the edge of Solley Road.

BGE had said the 80-foot buffer of trees and shrubs should begin at the existing edge of the Road. But Solley Road is tentatively scheduled to be widened by about 50 feet on BGE's side. That would have put the pond nearly halfway into the buffer.

Residents said the buffer should start at the edge of the widened road. The Board of Appeals ruling in June did not specify either plan.

The proposed widening of Solley Road is to accommodate development and to comply with the county's Adequate Facilities Law.

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