Baltimore County recycling measure is lauded, decried

September 29, 2004|By Lisa Goldberg | Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF

A County Council bill that could make it tougher for a longtime oil recycling business to operate in North Point is the best way to ensure that communities have a say in their quality of life - or is an unfair effort to drive a single business out of town - a series of opposing speakers told council members yesterday.

With a vote on the bill scheduled for Monday, members of the communities adjacent to the proposed site for a U.S. Filter Recovery Services plant near Back River and officials with the company used the council's work session to vent their concerns.

The bill would force plants that recover or process oil and oil recycling plants like the one to be run by U.S. Filter to obtain a "special exception" from a zoning commissioner to operate in the county's heavy manufacturing zones. That level of approval, which involves public hearings, is required only for oil refineries under current regulations.

"I'm at a loss as to why the council is considering a bill which is directly targeting a 54-year corporate partner in Baltimore County," said Vincent A. Glorioso, business unit manager for U.S. Filter, which operated a plant on the International Steel Group Inc. property in Sparrows Point until spring.

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