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Final hearing on landfill slated for Tuesday

January 23, 2000|By SCOTT BUTKI

The Maryland Department of the Environment wants the public to get a chance to provide some official comments before it decides whether to give Washington County a necessary permit to build the Forty West Sanitary Landfill, a department official said Wednesday.

At least 30 people attended a November public meeting on the landfill, which is also known as the Lund Landfill, said Hearings Coordinator Gail Castleman.

"It was a pretty good turnout," she said. The crowd was larger than usual for that type of public meeting, she said.

Unlike that meeting, Tuesday's hearing will offer the public a chance to speak, Castleman said. The hearing is a state requirement for new landfills.

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Castleman said a court reporter will take down public comments at the meeting, and for at least a week afterward written comments will be accepted. Those written remarks should be sent to Richard W. Collins, director of waste management administration, 2500 Broening Highway, Baltimore, MD 21224.

Castleman said she did not want to guess when a final decision on the permit will be made but said it can't be made until after the department goes through the written remarks and the transcript of the hearing.

A permanent name has not been chosen for the landfill, which is on the east side of Independence Road, about 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 would replace.

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

For more information call Castleman at 1-410-631-3441.

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 reach capacity and close Nov. 1. But the new Landfill won't be ready for use until about Dec. 15, according to county estimates.

Solid Waste Director Robert Davenport has developed a backup plan involving either temporarily exporting trash or slowing how fast the current landfill fills up, said County Administrator Rodney Shoop.

The details of that plan have not been released. The landfill gets about 5,500 tons of garbage a month.

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