Gary to meet with foes of rubble landfill

March 16, 1995|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,Sun Staff Writer

Opponents of a rubble landfill near Harwood are taking their case for more strict enforcement of truck weight limits and revised zoning laws to keep such landfills out of rural residential neighborhoods to County Executive John G. Gary today.

"We'd like him to understand our side," said Rhonda S. Zinn, president of the South County Civic Association, an organization formed largely to oppose the expansion of the landfill.

The residents, who are meeting this afternoon with Mr. Gary, have complained that trucks bound for PST Reclamation Inc. leave debris on the roads, arrive before the rubble landfill opens at 7 a.m. and park in the neighborhood, create noise and dust, and do not obey traffic laws.

Torrence E. Lewis, a manager for PST, said the business has issued as many as a dozen notices to truckers "about speed, tarps, the whole nine yards" to get them to comply with state and local laws but that he doesn't know what else the company can do.

"We can try to do some things that will help with the traffic. We are working on that," said Larry R. Telford, a spokesman for Mr. Gary.

PST has applied for a permit from the Maryland Department of the Environment to open a 45-acre section to accept more rubble and construction debris. The agency has jurisdiction over environmental issues, but no authority over local zoning and truck traffic issues.

The residents' group has opposed the expansion on environmental grounds, but Mr. Gary has supported the expansion of the landfill, which is owned by Presley S. Taylor, who contributed to his campaign.

The residents' group wants Mr. Gary to buy truck scales for county police so that they can determine whether the trucks are obeying weight rules, Ms. Zinn said.

The organization also wants rubble landfills restricted to industrial areas, Ms. Zinn said.

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