A decision on the placement of proposed waste transfer station in Brazil will be made soon, according to an Indiana Department of Environmental Management official.
The station, which would be located off the intersection of state roads 42 and 59, has been under county scrutiny in past weeks. Many Clay Countians first learned of the proposed station after an IDEM-hosted discussion in mid-April, during which several residents voiced their concerns and opinions on the matter.
Melissa Hawkins, permit manager of IDEM's Northwest Region, said that she received approximately 450 comments for and against the transfer station before the comment deadline of April 30. IDEM will give its final decision on Best Way's permit by May 28. Hawkins said time for appeals would be allowed.
Clay-Owen-Vigo Solid Waste Management District Executive Director Janet Reed said she was not surprised by the number of comments the IDEM had received.
"I never really stopped and thought about how many people would send comments," she said, "But that number doesn't surprise me."
Reed said that she was unsure if the SWCD's board of directors would appeal the permit if it was accepted. Reed is a member of the 12-person board, which is comprised of residents of Clay, Owen, and Vigo counties.
"Ultimately (the board) would be the ones to decide," she said.
Best Way Manager Craig Maschino said his company was waiting on word from IDEM before they finalized construction of the station. The company has built an office area and a maintenance garage on their land. Additionally, they have sold some topsoil to "show people where it is," according to Maschino.
"We're waiting on IDEM's answer, just like everyone else," he said.
Hawkins said every comment that was legible and included an address will be informed of the IDEM's final decision when the department makes it.