Elkridge residents urge board to reject waste transfer station

March 20, 1997|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Wearing badges that said "No BFI, No Garbage," about 35 Elkridge residents urged the Howard County Zoning Board last night to reject a proposed waste transfer station they say would cause pollution and increase traffic on local roads.

The residents, during the eighth of nine public hearings, objected to a plan by Browning-Ferris Inc. to build the transfer station on a 17-acre site on Cemetery Lane on which the waste-management company operates a recycling center. Trash would be consolidated and prepared for transport to a landfill.

"Evening after evening, week after week, month after month, the citizens have expressed their concerns about this station," said Karlen Murray, vice president of the Elkridge Community Association.

The board, which consists of the five-member County Council, must approve BFI's request for a transfer station in an area that is zoned for light manufacturing.

The board will listen to final comments on the proposal today at 7 p.m. at the George Howard Building in Ellicott City.

Darrel E. Drown, who chairs the board, said two more hearings have been scheduled for April 15-16 if more testimony is needed.

Residents testified last night that odors and noise from the transfer station would plague their communities, and trucks carrying trash to the facility would further clog an already crowded U.S. 1, one of the area's major roadways.

They noted that state highway officials already have designated four U.S. 1 intersections as some of the county's most dangerous.

"Passage of this proposal would add more traffic for an area that is forecasted already past its peak," said Eleanor Gyr, who has lived in Aladdin Village, off U.S. 1, for 17 years. "[Cars with] seniors and school children would be put at risk."

BFI representatives have argued that the transfer station would keep tipping fees low by competing with a similar facility in Anne Arundel and another in Baltimore County.

Pub Date: 3/20/97

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