Residents angered over ATK fallout
What was meant to be a public hearing on a permit modification request to regulate open burning and detonation by ATK, turned into a verbal thrashing of the Promontory facility as residents caught in the fallout of those activities voiced their objections, frustrations and concerns.
Brad Maulding of the Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste from the Utah Department of Environmental Quality was at the Brigham City Public Library on Thursday evening. He stated ATK currently has a permit for hazardous waste storage and disposes of that waste through burning and detonation at two in-house sites. The modification request would put regulations and conditions on this treatment method.
But residents at the meeting said they would not be content with mere modifications. They wanted answers and demanded the DEQ impose a moratorium on such activities at ATK until they get them.
Of major concern is the rain of ash and dust that fell in the Thatcher and Bothwell areas following the Ares solid rocket motor test on Tuesday, Aug. 31. Thatcher resident Richard Burdick said he was outside when the brown stuff started dropping, landing in his hair and goatee, which caused a burning sensation. Lee Roberts, also of Thatcher, said he put a small amount of the ash on the end of his tongue and is still feeling the effect. Requests to ATK to find out just what chemicals that ash may contain have gone unanswered, he said.
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