Carroll sites could benefit from brownfields legislation Land in Taneytown, Reese, Finksburg may be aided

February 24, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

So-called brownfields legislation designed to help the owners of polluted industrial properties find buyers might benefit some sites in Carroll County.

Gov. Parris N. Glendening is expected to sign the bill this week. It will protect the buyers of contaminated sites from lawsuits related to pollution by previous owners and will offer local tax credits and grants for developing contaminated properties.

Carroll government officials aren't sure how many local sites might be eligible under the brownfields bill. James E. Slater Jr., county environmental services administrator, said the county has database that lists underground storage tanks, old garbage dumps and other potential sites, but has not put it together.

"We are going to do that," Slater said. He said he plans to read the brownfields law to learn how it might apply to specific sites.

Two known sites are the former Cambridge Rubber Co. in Taneytown and the former Telemecanique Inc. building in Reese. Both properties were found to have toxic chemicals in wells.

Slater said the local list also might include industrial land in Finksburg and a site on Poole Road where lithium, used to make pacemaker batteries, was once stored.

The Maryland Department of the Environment would have been required to list sites eligible for brownfields aid under a bill that failed in the 1996 General Assembly. The proposed requirement met fierce resistance from business owners and the real estate industry, MDE spokesman Quentin W. Banks said.

A state task force estimated that Maryland has about 1,200 eligible sites.

Pub Date: 2/24/97

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