Harford Digest


May 13, 2007

Firm to conduct gas burn tomorrow

Aero Energy, a petroleum distribution company in Havre de Grace, will conduct a controlled burn of propane gas from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. tomorrow at its plant at 1751 Pulaski Highway. The county Environmental Health Department said it has issued the necessary permits.

The company is removing a 30,000-gallon storage tank from service for maintenance and inspection. Although the liquid propane has been removed, residual vapor must be burned off to make the tank safe for mechanics, company officials said.

People who live, work or travel within the area of the burn will hear a noise like a jet engine coming from the burners.

There will be no smoke or other byproducts that would pose a threat to community health or public safety, according to company and government officials.

Information: John Van Gilder, Havre de Grace police, 443-309-5163; Jim O'Brien of Aero Energy, 717-577-5918.

Draft plan prepared for creek protection

County planners have completed a draft strategy for conservation of the Deer Creek watershed and will present the plan this week.

The plan is intended to protect water quality and conserve natural resources.

The county will give presentations on the plan at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday at Harford Community College, Chesapeake Center dining hall.

Exhibits of data collected on the watershed and from various local environmental groups will be on display.

The draft plan is available at www.harfordcountymd.gov/PlanningZoning/WRAS and from the Department of Planning and Zoning in Bel Air.

For information or disability-related accommodations, call 410-638-3135.

Kids Day events set for Saturday

Harford County will join communities worldwide for the 12th annual "Kids Day America/International" on Saturday.

The event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church on Churchville Road. The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region will receive proceeds from the event.

Kid's Day is dedicated to children's health and safety. Crime prevention, child safety, and environmental-awareness issues will be stressed.

The Harford County Sheriff's Office will provide free child ID cards and fingerprinting kits, and the Fire Department will offer fire safety tips.

Information: 410-879-6785.

May named `Clean Commute Month'

Harford County Executive David R. Craig has proclaimed May as "Clean Commute Month" in Harford County.

May is the beginning of the annual ground-level ozone season and when Code Red and Orange ozone action days begin to occur.

On these days, drivers are encouraged not to drive to work because pollution produced by cars creates ground-level ozone and smog.

Because heat and sunlight are factors in ground-level ozone formation, ozone pollution is primarily a concern from May through October.

The Maryland Department of the Environment estimates that about 30 percent to 40 percent of the ozone-causing pollution in the region comes from motor vehicles, most of which carry one person to work.

Commuting alternatives such as carpooling, mass transit, and biking or walking can significantly improve air quality.

Such alternatives also decrease nitrogen pollution of the Chesapeake Bay.

Local transit choices include the Harford County Department of Community Services' Commuter Assistance Programs and Rideshare services, Harford Transit Bus System, MTA Bus service, Amtrak and MARC trains.

Other regional Clean Commute Month activities will include a Bike to Work Day Rally on Friday in downtown Bel Air. Throughout Harford County there are five scheduled "Cleaner Cars, Cleaner Air" clinics at the county's senior centers.

Commuters who are using MTA bus and Harford transit services also will receive prizes and giveaways at various bus stops and Park and Ride lots.

Information: 410-638-3389.

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