Howard board sets Feb. hearing on compost yard

November 14, 1996|By Erin Texeira | Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF

A hearing will be held on whether a compost facility in Dorsey violates zoning regulations and should be shut down, the Howard County Board of Appeals has decided.

At a meeting Tuesday night, the board set Feb. 11 as the hearing date for testimony regarding the 56-acre regional facility on the Anne Arundel County-Howard County border. In a petition filed with the board, nearby residents have claimed it opened without the proper zoning.

Since shortly after the compost yard began operations in October 1995, nearby residents have complained it emits a foul odor. In August, more than 20 neighbors filed a lawsuit charging that the facility is making them ill.

This week, the Maryland Environmental Service temporarily stopped composting at the site. The site will be used only for yard waste being transferred from Anne Arundel, Howard and Baltimore counties to a compost yard in Prince George's County, officials said.

After next year's hearing, the Board of Appeals could close the site permanently.

Pub Date: 11/14/96

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