To The Daily Sun,
This letter is to clear the confusion of facts regarding the Belmont Aquifer ballot article by listing all of the uses that are already prohibited in Belmont.
The Belmont Aquifer and Groundwater Protection Ordinance already prohibits the following uses on non-residential lots located on the aquifer in every zoning district:
1. The development or operation of a hazardous waste disposal facility as defined under RSA 147-A.
2. The development or operation of a solid waste landfill.
3. The outdoor storage of road salt or other deicing chemicals in bulk.
4. The development or operation of a junkyard.
5. The development or operation of a snow dump.
6. The development or operation of a wastewater or septage lagoon.
7. The development or operation of a petroleum bulk plant or terminal.
8. The development or operation of gasoline stations.
9. Sludge monofills.
10. Storage of animal manure unless covered or contained in accordance with the specifications of the Manual of Best Management Practices for Agriculture in New Hampshire, NH Department of Agriculture, Markets, and Food, August 2005, and any subsequent revisions.
11. Facilities that generate, treat, store, or dispose of hazardous waste subject to Env-Hw 500-900 except for:
a. Household hazardous waste centers and events regulated under Env-Hw 401.03(b)(1) Env-Hw 501.01(b).
b. Water remediation treatment works approved by NH DES for the treatment of contaminated ground or surface waters.
12. Non-sanitary treatment works which discharge to the ground and that are subject to Env-Wq 402,
except the following:
a. The replacement or repair of an existing treatment works that will not result in a design capacity greater than the design capacity of the existing treatment works.
b. Treatment works approved by NH DES designed for the treatment of contaminated groundwater.
13. Storage of regulated substances in greater than household quantities (i.e., 5-gallons), unless in a free-standing container within a building or above ground with secondary containment adequate to contain 110 percent of the container's total storage capacity.
14. Storage of fertilizers, unless such storage is within a structure designed to prevent the generation and escape of contaminated runoff or leachate.
15. Excavation or mining within four feet of Seasonal High Water Table. This prohibition applies to future excavation of existing sites as well as future excavation sites.
Additionally, the zoning ordinance already prohibits the following additional uses on every lot, in every district in the community: Blast furnaces, fertilizer plants, processing of ammonia, chlorine, petroleum or explosives, rendering plants, slaughter houses, smelters, tanneries.
Many of these uses have been incorrectly identified in various articles and letters as currently allowed on the aquifer.
Belmont Town Planner
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