Arundel concerned over tribe's plan for landfill

April 13, 2004|By Childs Walker | Childs Walker,SUN STAFF

An Oklahoma Indian tribe is the latest group interested in developing a landfill on a 481-acre parcel near Odenton -- a project neighbors and Anne Arundel officials have opposed for more than a decade.

County officials said they're also concerned the tribe might attempt to open a gambling facility on the land, though the Delaware Nation of Anadarko, Okla., has not indicated such plans.

County Executive Janet S. Owens sent a letter to the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs last week criticizing the proposed purchase by the Delaware Nation. Owens called the purchase a "transparent" attempt to skirt county and state land-use laws by National Waste Managers Inc., the company that has long sought to build the landfill. She did not document any connection between National Waste Managers and the tribe.

Owens said the county would resist any attempts to build a gambling facility.

"Anne Arundel County strongly opposes any type of gaming or gambling institution being placed upon the property in question at any time," she wrote. "The close proximity of the property to many thousands of residences causes it to be a wholly inappropriate location for any gaming institution."

Attempts to obtain comment from the tribe's president, Bruce Gonzalez, and an attorney representing the tribe were unsuccessful.

The tribe applied for federal government permission to buy the land in October.

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