POWNAL -- A public hearing for a proposed recycling center at the former Northeast Wood Products sawmill is scheduled for next week.
The hearing for TAM Inc.'s Act 250 application will be at the Solomon Wright Library located at 97 Main St., at 9 a.m. on March 19. A site visit will be conducted half an hour before at 171 Church St.
TAM Inc. is a local waste hauling service based in Shaftsbury. It manages the town's transfer station there, and also operates a composting facility in Bennington. Owner Trevor Mance said if the recycling center is approved in Pownal, TAM will be able to recycle almost 80 percent of the construction and demolition debris it currently moves to landfills in upstate New York.
Much of the debris can be resold, Mance said, plus the composting facility needs clean wood for the compost-making process. He said between the recycling center and the composting facility, Bennington County will be better positioned to comply with provisions in Act 148 which mandate certain levels and types of recycling to be phased in over the coming years.
Northeast Wood Products was purchased in 2010 by William Drunsic, a Manchester developer, who intended to turn the site into a wood pellet packaging plant. Drunsic told the Banner that the project had all the required permits from the town and state but the financial backing aspect of it fell through. Drunsic said he plans to sell the property to TAM once its permits are in order.
TAM has already received permission to operate by the town's Development Review board which placed a few restrictions on the business' operating hours before approving it.
Act 250 permit applications are heard by District Environmental Commissions. According to the Act 250 notice, the commission intends to limit this hearing to wastewater and storm water, traffic, aesthetics, noise, and odor. The commission may expand the scope as well as decide who can be a participate in the hearings. Statutorily, local government, TAM, and abutting landowners have the right to participate and received notice of the hearing.
The 8.78-acre site consists of five buildings, Mance said, adding that most of what happens on site will be indoors. All that needs to be done in terms of construction is an addition built onto one of the larger buildings.
The application can be viewed at the Pownal Town Office or online at www.nrb.state.vt.us/lup. Click "Act 250 Database" and search by town, county or project number, which in this case is #8B0193-2
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