To The Daily Sun,
Belmont, Northfield and Tilton residents need to weigh-in to protect our drinking water from expansion of the Bestway waste transfer station. The Bestway transfer site lies on top of a shallow aquifer, a fragile resource where water pools and flows underground close to the surface. Water supplies for Belmont, Northfield and Tilton are drawn from this aquifer with local people using 800,000 gallons per day.
Bestway wants to increase the transfer station's capacity from 153 tons to 600 tons of solid waste per day, bringing in trash from other areas. Potential for contaminants reaching our water supply would increase significantly with this proposed expansion of the Bestway transfer station. The transfer station is located off Route 140 in Belmont.
How can you help? Make your voice heard at a State Department of Environmental Services public hearing on March 26 at 7 p.m. at the Corner Meeting House located at 16 Sargent St. in Belmont. Or you can submit written comments by 4 p.m. on April 3 to New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, 29 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH03301 or by email at swpublic.comment@des.
Here's more information go to: http:des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/waste/swmb/bdc.htm
So, what's the danger? Garbage contains heavy metals and contaminants that can seep through the sand and gravel on the surface and reach the shallow aquifer that is our water source. Transferring material from trucks or dumpsters isn't a surgical process, contaminants and toxins can be released. Bestway already had one fire and was caught storing and cleaning out portable toilets at this location previously.
Bestway was purchased by Casella Waste Systems from Rutland, Vt. Unfortunately, Casella has a record of bad-faith negotiations and poor performance with towns in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and New York over the last 20 years. According to a Letter to the Editor from Ginger Wells-Kay a year ago, I note that Toxic Actions Inc., a Boston environmental watch organization named Casella one of its annual Top Dirty Dozen polluters. Surely, we can learn from others and avoid the risk to our drinking water. What's more basic than that?
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