Baltimore County Digest

Baltimore County Digest

March 24, 2006

Exxon Mobil to buy land to aid cleanup

Exxon Mobil Corp. is buying two parcels in the Jacksonville area to help with its efforts to recover 25,000 gallons of gasoline that officials say leaked from an Exxon service station there this year.

Betsy Eaton, spokeswoman for the oil company, said the parcels are near the closed station at Jarrettsville Pike and Sweet Air and Paper Mill roads. She said she did not know the size of the parcels, but said they were already being used by cleanup contractors, with the approval of the property owners.

"It isn't unusual during remediation projects that we would acquire land to store equipment, park vehicles or place remediation equipment on it," she said, "and Jacksonville is no different."

The company reported yesterday that it has pumped 9,300 gallons of gas from a network of 127 wells drilled around the station, and nearly 7,000 gallons more in vapor form, using vacuum trucks and other soil-extraction equipment. Testing since the leak was reported in mid-February has found one household and two businesses in the area with unsafe levels of gasoline components in their wells, though traces of a gas additive have turned up in dozens of other residential wells.

Timothy B. Wheeler

Dundalk

Gas-line break closes part of street

A broken natural gas line forced police to temporarily close a part of Dundalk Avenue yesterday, Baltimore County fire officials said.

A construction crew hit a 2-inch main about 12:30 p.m. in the 7900 block of Dundalk Ave., and the break forced police to close a short stretch of the street, fire officials said.

Carbon monoxide levels were monitored at a nearby property, but no one was evacuated, fire officials said. Emergency workers left the scene about 2 p.m.

Catonsville

Electronics to be taken for recycling

Baltimore County will collect unwanted electronics for recycling from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 8 at the Southwest MTA Park & Ride lot in the 1200 block of S. Rolling Road in Catonsville. The parking lot is a mile south of Catonsville High School.

Acceptable items include: computers, cell phones, printers and videocassette recorders. Appliances and electronics from businesses will not be accepted. The event will be held rain or shine. Information: recycle@ co.ba.md.us or 410-887-2000.

Dundalk

Health fair set for CCBC campus

A health fair is scheduled for Thursday at the Dundalk campus of the Community College of Baltimore County.

CCBC nursing students will provide blood pressure tests and vision screening, along with information on health issues. Representatives of Franklin Square Hospital Center and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center will provide information about their services.

The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the bookstore lobby and student lounge in the K Building at 7200 Sollers Point Road. Information: 410-285-9850.

Towson

Program will focus on teen drivers

A program for teenage drivers, "Drive to Survive," will be held April 29 at the Sheppard Pratt Conference Center in Towson.

The six-hour session is designed to complement driver education programs. It will include information from trauma nurses, paramedics, automobile accident victims and drug experts, and a mock drunken-driving road course. The class will focus on distractions that young drivers face.

The class, sponsored by the Sheppard Pratt Office of Substance Abuse Education and the nonprofit organization Positive Alternatives to Dangerous and Destructive Decisions, costs $100. Registration: 410-938-3100.

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