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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer | August 9, 1994
Three former Carroll County landfill employees yesterday avoided conviction on charges that they stole metals from Hoods Mill Landfill by agreeing to repay the county within one year and perform 50 hours of community service each.Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. gave the three men -- one of whom was rehired by the county two weeks ago for a different job -- probation before judgment, which means they can have the charges erased from their records after completing probation.The amount the men owe the county will be determined at a later court hearing.
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By Phyllis Brill and Phyllis Brill,Sun Staff Writer | April 9, 1995
Concerned that a controversial Abingdon rubble landfill that was closed down by the state in 1992 might become active again, residents in the area have begun to organize for battle.More than 50 people attended a public meeting in Bel Air Thursday night for an update from county lawyers on the landfill owner's appeal of a county zoning administrator's decision that it cannot resume surface mining.Spencer Sand & Gravel Inc., which operated a private dump on about 55 acres on Abingdon Road, wants to resume mining on its property.
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By Erik Nelson and Erik Nelson,Sun Staff Writer | May 23, 1995
For five years, Donald L. Gill has been lighting fires under Howard County officials about the problem of ground-water pollution from the county's Alpha Ridge Landfill, less than a mile from his Marriottsville home.Now the University of Maryland biochemistry professor is doing the same on a national level, but he's finding his own seat getting a little hot as well.Dr. Gill, 41, is getting calls from around the country -- some questioning his motives -- as a result of his recent 30-page study of landfill air pollution.
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January 12, 1994
Plunging into the messy and risky task of trying to solve Howard County's landfill problem seems a fruitless enterprise. Not only does the county face the problem of cleaning up two landfills that are closed and leaking contaminates, it also must deal with similar problems at its lone operating dump at Alpha Ridge.County Executive Charles I. Ecker has offered what can be best described as a Band-Aid to patch a hemmorrhaging wound. He has proposed closing Alpha Ridge in two years, and sending the county's trash elsewhere until a regional solution is worked out on solid waste disposal.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,Sun Staff Writer | October 31, 1994
The owner of a leaking hazardous-waste landfill has until today to devise options for dealing with ground water at the Solley Road site, according to an agreement with state environment officials.A spokesman for Browning-Ferris Industries Inc. (BFI) said the company probably would submit a more detailed version of what it gave the Maryland Department of the Environment several months ago when applying for a permit to discharge treated water into nearby Marley Creek.Spokesman Peter Block said the company, the nation's second-largest waste hauler, would not make its decisions public until the Department of the Environment receives the document today.
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By Patrick Gilbert and Patrick Gilbert,Staff Writer | December 23, 1993
Despite opposition from community groups, the proposed Honeygo rubble landfill and reclamation center passed a major hurdle this week when the Baltimore County zoning commissioner approved its development plan and granted it two special exceptions.Neighborhood organizations fought the proposal in hearings before Zoning Commissioner Lawrence E. Schmidt, but it had the backing of County Executive Roger B. Hayden and public works officials, who say the county badly needs a rubble landfill.The Honeygo operation near White Marsh -- designed primarily for construction and demolition debris -- is already part of the county's revised 10-year Solid Waste Plan.
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By Erik Nelson and Erik Nelson,Staff Writer | December 17, 1993
Neighbors of the toxic dump site at Carrs Mill Landfill in Woodbine last night told County Executive Charles I. Ecker that more needs to be done to protect them from chemicals that have polluted a local stream and underground aquifers.Tests of residential wells need to be done more often, more accurately, and air near neighboring homes should be monitored, the residents said at a meeting at which they were brought up to date on cleanup efforts at the landfill.Cleanup workers have unearthed at least 462 55-gallon drums on the site.
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer | July 3, 1994
Carroll County closed Hoods Mill Landfill to commercial haulers yesterday, but residents still will be able to dump trash there on Saturdays.Garbage will be placed in bins, then taken to Northern Landfill, Public Works Director Keith R. Kirschnick said.Residents also will be able to dispose of yard waste, used tires, waste oil and recyclables at Hoods Mill, he said.The landfill, off Route 97 near the Carroll-Howard county line, will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.County workers will be covering the 30-acre landfill with about 2 feet of soil in the next several weeks, Mr. Kirschnick said.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,Sun Staff Writer | March 31, 1995
The leaking hazardous-waste landfill on Solley Road needs to be resealed promptly, but a proposal to use tire chips instead of sand for drainage warrants more study, an independent consultant said in a report released last night.In the report, the consultant to residents who live near the landfill also seeks more strategically placed wells to monitor the movement of contaminated ground water. Generally, the water is heading west toward Marley Creek.ABB Environmental Services of Arlington, Va., the consultant, which did the report in less than a month, said that because contaminated ground water has reached the outer monitoring wells, new wells should be added to track the movement of the contamination.
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