WASTE TRANSFER STATION PLANNED WITHIN CITY LIMITS!
Mayor Kruzan sent a letter in opposition to the permit in April (see the letter HERE), outlining the City's and residents' concerns as well as explaining that the WTS, as it is described in the permit and not how it was initially illustrated to City officials, would not be compliant with the current zoning. You can also read the letter from the City of Bloomington Common Council to the Indiana Dept. of Environmental Management. Bethany Steven's, the permit applicant, officially filed for a 12 month permit withdrawal on July 3rd, 2013 following the City's denial of zoning for the Waste Transfer Station. You can view the two official documents HERE and HERE.
A Waste Transfer Station permit has been submitted for approval by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). The site of this proposed Waste Transfer Station (WTS) is at 1803 West Vernal Pike (JB Salvage) in a densely populated residential area within Bloomington city limits. This WTS permit would allow the site to accept and keep 100 TONS of trash each day, which would be hauled in and out six days a week by dump trucks, personal vehicles and semi tractor-trailers. The permit was submitted under the name Vernal Pike Transfer and Recycling, which has been of some confusion to the community. The permit is for the transfer of solid waste (trash).
This proposed WTS will have lasting negative effects on the community. Neighbors, politicians and small businesses are banding together to make sure that solid waste is managed responsibly in our beautiful city. We invite you to explore this website to learn more about this issue and take action to help stop it!
WHAT IS A WTS?
Waste transfer stations are facilities where solid waste is unloaded from collection vehicles and briefly held while it is reloaded onto larger long-distance transport vehicles for shipment to landfills or other treatment or disposal facilities. If not properly sited, designed and operated they can cause problems for residents living near them.
The use of transfer stations can make solid waste management more efficient, as crews spend less time traveling to and from distant disposal sites and more time collecting waste. This reduces costs for labor, fuel and collection vehicle maintenance.
Waste Transfer Stations are officially recognized as "noxious" or "negative-impact" land use, which the EPA acknowledge have been historically located in lower-income, minority neighborhoods.
The only way to stop this WTS from being located in this densely populated Bloomington neighborhood is for ALL OF US to contact our local, county and state officials to let them know we oppose this social and environmental injustice, and to demand that they keep it from happening!
Please CLICK HERE to go to our action page where you will find all of the contacts and information you need to get started.
It will take hundreds of letters to key officials, local media, etc. for this issue to be prioritized so that the appropriate action will be taken to prohibit this proposed WTS from being permitted.
EACH LETTER COUNTS!