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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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NEWS
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 contaminants, 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 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 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 Shirley Leung and Shirley Leung,Sun Staff Writer | August 23, 1995
West County residents will get a chance tomorrow to review and respond to Fort Meade's plans to line a 27-acre section of its landfill to prevent leaks.Under state environmental regulations, the post must line its landfill and provide a system to drain water that builds up on the site.The 27-acre section has been operating without a liner since it opened in 1988, but post officials have been designing one for five years, said Paul Robert, chief of Fort Meade's environmental management office.
NEWS
January 2, 1996
The Loading Dock, a nonprofit recycler of building materials, will be at Alpha Ridge Landfill in Marriottsville from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday..It will accept lumber, plumbing fixtures, doors, windows and other usable building materials.Information: 728-DOCK.
NEWS
January 13, 1995
The Maryland Department of the Environment has given the county the go-ahead for an expansion and redesign of the last sections of the county landfill near Millersville.The state agency rejected two challenges from neighbors who said the landfill's troubled history indicated the county could not be trusted to run the property. The permit was issued Dec. 22.MDE did not remove the complaint and order under which the landfill has been operating for two years. The county still has to cap the old cells, excavate part of one trash cell and fix problems that have cause ground water contamination.
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By Brenda J. Buote and Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF | November 5, 2000
State environmental officials have directed Carroll County to conduct extensive testing of the closed Hoods Mill landfill because levels of three metals - nickel, barium and lead - are slightly higher in surrounding test wells than they should be. Although the higher levels of metals pose no health threat - no homes are near the landfill off Route 97 near the Howard County line, and businesses rely on public water - the state Department of the Environment is...
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