The Maryland Department of Environment held a public hearing 12 March at the Crofton Library. Two water use permits for the construction of the Chesapeake Terrace rubble landfill were the topics of
People started coming in to the meeting well before 4:00 and librarians had to keep bringing more chairs. There were about 50 people
Don Cox and Mark Schultz represented National Waste Managers, Inc. They gave the presentation of what the two permits were about.
One permit was for 39,000 gallons per day of ground water and 76,000 gallons per day during the month of maximum use, from a perched water table on the Halle land.
Details of the plans shown at the presentation. (Courtesy of Sue Meyers)
They said that at most eight local wells were using water from this water table. All the other house hold wells were drilled through a massive clay
layer and would not be affected. The water table would be lowered by six feet and if that detrimentally affected any of the eight shallow wells, the National Waste Managers company would drill new
wells through the clay layer.
The other permit was to manage storm water run off while excavating the remaining sand and gravel from the site.
State Senator Ed Reilly pointed out that neither the state nor the county
wanted to have the rubble landfill. Also present were representatives from the county, Brenda Reiber and Jody Leddy.
After the presentation, there were many questions from the public. It was pointed out many times that the only thing being covered in this hearing, was the question of the water permits. This seemed
to frustrate many of the homeowners.