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Final public hearing scheduled for landfill

January 10, 2000|By SCOTT BUTKI

A public hearing on the final permit needed for the opening of the Forty West Sanitary Landfill will be held Jan. 25 by the Maryland Department of the Environment.

The landfill was previously known as the Lund Landfill. A permanent name has not been chosen, Public Works Director Gary Rohrer said.

The hearing on the landfill is required by the state, Rohrer said. The county is also required to send registered mail announcing the hearing to residents living near the landfill, he said.

The state has issued a draft permit for the landfill but the final permit is pending the outcome of the public hearing, Rohrer said. The landfill will open by December, he said.

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The landfill will be on the east side of Independence Road, 1.5 miles east of Rockdale Road in Washington County. The property is in a bend of the Conococheague Creek near the Resh Sanitary Landfill, which it replaces.

The permit application, supporting documents and draft permit, will be available for review at the Washington County Public Library at 100 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown.

Written comments on the permit application will be accepted until Feb. 3. They should be sent to Richard W. Collins, director of waste management administration, 2500 Broening Highway, Baltimore, MD 21224.

For more information call Hearings Coordinator Gail Castleman at 410 631-3441.

According to Washington County Solid Waste Advisory Committee estimates, the county will be without a landfill for at least 45 days next fall and will have to haul its trash elsewhere.

The Resh Sanitary Landfill is scheduled to close Nov. 1, 2000, because it will be full. But the new Landfill won't be ready for use until about Dec. 15, according to county estimates.

Sold Waste Director Robert Davenport has developed a backup plan involving temporarily exporting trash. The landfill gets about 5,500 tons of garbage a month.

While the county would prefer not to have to export trash, the county has been preparing for more than one year for that possibility, Rohrer said.

That plan, the details of which are not being released, will be presented to the Washington County Commissioners in mid-February, County Administrator Rodney Shoop said.

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