Public comment sought on proposed landfill

February 28, 2000|By SCOTT BUTKI

  • What: Public hearing on landfill
  • When: 7 p.m. Wednesday
  • Where: Conococheague Elementary School, 12408 Learning Lane, Hagerstown

Members of the public will have an opportunity to voice their opinions Wednesday night about a landfill under construction west of Hagerstown.

The public hearing is being held by the Maryland Department of the Environment, which is deciding whether to give Washington County a permit to build the Forty West Sanitary Landfill.

The hearing is to being at 7 p.m. at Conococheague Elementary School, 12408 Learning Lane, off U.S. 40.

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

Unlike that meeting, Wednesday's hearing will offer the public a chance to speak, Castleman said.

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. The property is in a bend of Conococheague Creek near Resh Sanitary Landfill, which it would replace.


The hearing is a state requirement for new landfills even though construction has begun for the planned landfill.

The state has issued a draft permit for the landfill but the final permit is pending the outcome of the public hearing.

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

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

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

The Resh Sanitary Landfill is nearly full and is expected to close around Nov. 1, County Administrator Rodney Shoop said Monday. About 5,500 tons of garbage a month is dumped at the landfill.

The Forty West Sanitary Landfill probably won't be ready for use until about Dec. 15, according to county estimates.

The county likely will accept bids to determine the cheapest plan for exporting trash for at least 45 days, he said.

Solid Waste Director Robert Davenport has given Shoop a backup plan for dealing with the landfill situation but it has not been made public and the Washington County Commissioners have not yet seen it.

The county is considering exporting trash from county transfer stations, starting around May, Shoop said. Because that trash is already in containers, it would be easier to export, he said.

The county has transfer stations in Hancock, Greensburg, Kaetzel and Dargan.

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