Indian Land keeps eye on Foxhole landfill

 joverman@fortmilltimes.comMay 31, 2011 

— A potentially smelly situation heated up recently when Mecklenburg County, N.C., officials considered bringing household garbage to a landfill that borders Lancaster County.

The Foxhole landfill, located on Lancaster Highway, was briefly considered as a place to dump household waste. It is currently used for construction and demolition debris only.

That plan has been dropped, for now.

A contract between Mecklenburg County and a privately owned landfill in Cabarrus County, near the Charlotte Motor Speedway, was set to expire in June 20, 2012. County officials briefly considered sending household garbage to the Foxhole landfill after that date.

The latest contract negotiations, however, would extend that agreement for at least one year, until June 2013.

Meanwhile, even the possibility of sending residential waste to the Foxhole landfill has Indian Land residents concerned.

The Foxhole landfill is located on the edge of the Panhandle, less than one mile from the North Carolina/South Carolina state line on Hwy. 521.

Joe Ramsey lives just two miles from the landfill. The construction debris that is currently housed there isn’t much of a concern, he said, but residential trash is not something he wants to have near his Indian Land home.

“The watershed for that landfill runs into Six Mile Creek. It’s lined, but you just never know. You have no way of insuring the integrity of the lining,” Ramsey said. “The other thing you get with sanitary waste is a herd of birds in there, buzzards, all kind of birds flocking in. The other thing is vermin running wild down there.”

According to a Mecklenburg County website, vermin and odor are not a problem at the landfill because the active areas of the landfill are compacted and covered daily.

Ramsey said he also thinks dumping sanitary waste in the Foxhole Landfill would drive away businesses from Indian Land. The Foxhole landfill is only a few miles from 521 Corporate Center.

“Those corporate headquarters are not going to locate next to a landfill,” Ramsey said. “It would definitely kill corporate headquarters wanting to come to the area.”

Larry McCullough, Indian Land’s representative on the Lancaster County Council, said he was going to meet with Ramsey to get up to speed on the project.

From there, he’ll determine if any action needs to be taken by the Lancaster County Council.

Ramsey said he will continue to meet with representatives of Group Responsible for a Clean Environment, and attend county meetings to be sure that the Foxhole Landfill continues to be used for construction debris only.

He worries that when the contract with the Speedway landfill expires, Indian Land will be facing this potential problem once again.

“Now they are saying they won’t bring sanitary waste until 2013, at least,” Ramsey said. “But what happens then?”

The Charlotte Observer contributed to this story.

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