FMC gets early OK to store hazardous waste Neighbors criticize decision after accident

June 19, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A month after an accident that rattled a nearby neighborhood, FMC Corp.'s plant in southern Baltimore has received preliminary approval for the renewal of its permit to store and treat hazardous waste, Maryland Department of the Environment officials said last night.

The announcement came last night during a public hearing in Curtis Bay on the permit, which expired in 1994. FMC filed for a renewal on time, but a lack of staff at MDE delayed the renewal process for four years, officials said.

Residents of nearby Wagner's Point and local elected officials criticized the decision, citing the state's decision to give FMC a five-year permit, rather than a three-year permit.

Some residents said that a May 15 spill at the plant raised questions about FMC's ability to operate safely. FMC officials have apologized for the accident and have pledged a full investigation.

Pub Date: 6/19/98

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