Editorial - County can do better
Is this the best Washington County can get?
That's the question that comes to mind when we consider the proposal to site a company that processes hazardous medical waste on six acres in the Washington County Business Park.
In return for accepting 25 trucks full of body parts and other medical waste traveling on county roads each day, the county will get 50 jobs. But W. Doyle Payne Jr., part owner and managing partner of Tempico Mid-Atlantic LLC, won't say how much those jobs will pay, or how many will be skilled as opposed to unskilled labor. He did say that most of the jobs would be technicians who, for cataloging and weighing the waste, would be paid at the "middle-manager" level.
Does that mean at the pay level of a middle manager of a local fast-food franchise or of a middle manager at Mack Trucks? Nobody's saying. In our view, Tempico officials' vague promises aren't enough to justify even the small risk the company's consultants say is involved.