In the recent municipal council, a proposal from the company "Rhonschotter" caused a stir from Oberleichtersbach for confusion. On the agenda was the "Granting of an immission control permit for the construction and operation of a facility for the temporary storage of hazardous waste." It quickly became clear: The warehouse has long since stood. But what kind of waste is it about at all?
In an announcement by the district office, there was talk of "track ballast containing hazardous waste" the speech, the material is to be "stored and transferred". Already the next line made the confusion perfect: As far as a treatment was necessary, this would be accomplished in the ballast washing plant of the company. So does the contaminated water end up in the sewage treatment plant?? This question occupied the local council. Finally, Mayor Walter Muller (CSU) proposed to postpone the decision.
"We built a warehouse last year", confirms Josef Enders, owner of "Rhonschotter", to the Saale-Zeitung. It is supposed to be used for the storage of so-called "waste requiring monitoring" because until then the company had only been allowed to accept substances that did not require monitoring.
Material is only stored
The background to this is the company’s certification as a waste management company at the beginning of the year. The contaminated material would only be stored temporarily and later either taken to the Wirmsthal landfill site or resold. "We don’t have a facility for processing hazardous materials", Enders clarifies.
But what kind of material is it now? "Hazardous substances can be anything", Marc Enders makes the bandwidth clear. Gypsum boards are among them, as well as asphalt containing tar or fiber materials such as old Eternit boards, which could contain asbestos components. "But that happens very rarely", says Enders Junior. Particularly since asbestos is only dangerous if it is atomized. Rather, she said, it’s about construction waste such as old tiles, which are considered dangerous because of possible adhesive residues.
Or just track ballast. It is classified as dangerous because the railroad uses pesticides on its tracks. Roland Lenhart, head of the environmental law department at the Bad Kissingen district office, explains that this sometimes puts a strain on the material. He confirms that both the construction of the warehouse and the ballast washing plant have been approved. However, only non-hazardous material may be washed there.
"Our car wash has a closed water circuit", assures Josef Enders. In the near future, the water management office will make a company outing and visit the plant – regardless of the approval process. "Interested citizens are welcome to attend."