Waste Transfer Stations: A Manual for Decision-Making
It is so much easier copying from some one in the know than trying to make an argument from scratch. Upper Marlboro’s new development center piece will bring the “… economies of scale that can significantly reduce capital and operational costs. “ In addition, as we plan the future of the county seat , this new, wonderful addition to our neighborhood and political center of power, we shall inevitably ‘…tend to concentrate impacts to a single area, which can create the perception of inequity, especially when one neighborhood is shouldering the burden for the entire city. A single facility can result in longer travel times, which leads to increased down time for the collection crew and increased wear and tear on collection vehicles. Another consideration is that a single facility cannot divert waste to a backup facility if a need arises.”
The EPA manual goes on to note that “ In general, it is best to avoid siting in these areas. Exclusionary criteria might include areas such as:"
• "Wetlands and floodplains." Our politicians have chosen to ignore this point.
• "Endangered and protected flora and fauna habitats. " It may be that the area is not home to endangered species, but if there is a place with some this would be one. One way or another we shall find out in the state permitting process.
• "Protected sites of historical, archeological, or cultural significance." History continues to be none issue or at best a nuisance in this county; just recall that we tried this once before and no one seems to recall the obvious odors of remembrances past. And the historic structure of Billingsley is obviously meaningless to our leaders.
• "Prime agricultural land." Well they win on this point because only the poorest farmers would have plowed and planted in a flood plain and marsh.
• "Parks and preserves." Of course we just spent millions to by lands which are part of our park system; this fact conveniently over-looked, and any thoughts for the protection of the Patuxent are conveniently forgotten by our environmental stewards on the county council
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. "A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy.
"It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil—he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego." He continued, "The other is good—he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you—and inside every other person, too."
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"
The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."
First People - The Legends. Cherokee Legend of Two Wolves. November 16, 2004. [accessed April 7, 2012].