Dumpsite Concerns Neighbors

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

Just down the street from where the Transpark is being built, on Fred Madison Road.

"I think it's ridiculous. It's nasty. The mice were really bad about a year ago."

Tonia Hudson and her neighbors are dealing with a construction debris dump.

"Building materials where they tear houses down, but that's hard to believe because sometimes late at night there's dump trucks going in and out of there."

Hudson is the mother of a seven-week-old baby and says she's worried about the dump two doors down from her house.

"You don't know what it's putting off in the air."

Scott Waste Management handles the debris taken to the dump. They were not available for an interview today but Lawrence White, a spokesperson for Scott, tells WBKO they are meeting the regulations for having a construction debris dump, or CDD.

White says there' a need for construction debris dumps because normal landfills and dumps charge by the ton and construction material is so much heavier than normal debris it just makes more sense to use these kind of dumps."

Scott Waste provides 20 to 30 yard dumpters for construction demolition sites around our area. According to Hudson the dump is rapidly growing.

"It's grown really fast this year between the middle of last year and now because it wasn't like that. You couldn't see what looks like trash to me."

According to White, Scott Waste will be closing the CDD in May by piling dirt on top of the debris and growing grass on it. He says the site may still be used to store dumpsters. Hudson says she wouldn't have stayed in her home of ten year if she had known it was going to get so bad.

"It's nasty looking. You'd think they would have built something up where you couldn't see it. It used to be like that."

WBKO spoke to officials in Frankfort about this particular dumpsite to see if the residents' worries are valid. We are told the dump on Fred Madison Road is actually not as big as some other construction debris dumps in the state. State law requires these dumps be inspected a minimum of four times a year.

State Field Operation Manager of Waste Management, Bill Burger, says: "If we get complaints on them we'll check them more frequently . There are certain issues we look for at these types of locations."

Some of those issues include:
- Keeping the outside edges of the dump at least one acre from surrounding properties.
- Making sure they are only taking in construction debris... And if other waste is found it must be cleaned up.
- And they are responsible for maintaining environmental performance standards.

Regulations for these types of landfills changed in 1999. This particular dump had already filed its application with the state, so it is not subject to the new regulations.

For more information, visit www.waste.ky.gov.


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