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November 02, 2005|By MARY GAIL HARE

Carroll County: Union Bridge

Company gets OK to store, burn sludge

Carroll County officials will allow a Union Bridge cement manufacturer to store and burn dried sludge in its kiln. According to a temporary permit approved yesterday by the county commissioners, Lehigh Cement Co. must secure a burn permit from the Maryland Department of the Environment, provide adequate ventilation, filtration and fire protection, and report monthly. MDE will monitor the operation. James Slater, county environmental specialist, recently returned from touring four sludge-burning plants in Germany. "It was a clean operation," he said.

Carroll County: Prescription cards

Program launched for discount drugs

A discount prescription card program that will save consumers as much as 20 percent on the cost of commonly prescribed drugs was launched yesterday by the Carroll County commissioners. Sponsored by the National Association of Counties and administered by Caremark, the cards will be accepted at all 31 pharmacies in the county and at a network of 57,000 nationwide. The county has made 30,000 cards available, at libraries, senior centers and public buildings, for all residents, regardless of age, income or existing health coverage. The discount also applies to pet medications. Information: 877-321-2652.

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