Benefits of landfill improvements touted Less contamination, ballpark site may result, county officials suggest

August 20, 1998|By Nancy A. Youssef | Nancy A. Youssef,SUN STAFF

A plan to improve the New Cut Road landfill could lead to less contamination and a new ballpark site, according to Bureau of Environmental Services officials.

The proposal -- aired at a public forum last month -- included adding protection for ground water and a new gas flare to burn off contaminants at the 40-acre landfill, said John O'Hara, chief of the bureau.

The ground water remediation system would add a layer of protection to "minimize the amount of rainfall that percolates and enters the waste," O'Hara said. "It would make the drainage more efficient."

The new gas flare -- which burns methane gas created adjacent to the landfill -- would replace the old one, which has been used at the site for 11 years.

"It's just ready to be replaced," said O'Hara.

Officials first discovered the area's ground water contamination in 1993 and have been working since then to come up with a remediation plan.

The remaining 40 acres surrounding the landfill site could be used as a ballpark.

About 20 neighbors came to the forum, most concerned about the contamination.

Sally Kupchock, who lives a half-mile from the site, said she and her 11-year-old son, Andrew, were particularly concerned because she depends on a well for their water.

"My son wanted to go [to the forum]," Kupchock said. "I was concerned that it was not safe."

But she said after looking at the plan, "it sounded like the landfill is fairly safe."

The landfill area is also the location of a proposed road that is supposed to help alleviate traffic problems on Worthington Way.

Pub Date: 8/20/98

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