Supervisors consider more ‘trash’ talking
By Dwayne Bremer
May 16, 2017, 23:23
The Hancock County Solid Waste Authority Board last week approved amending its solid waste plan to include a medical waste treatment facility; however, the Hancock County Board of Supervisors wants to talk about the project a little bit more.
Supervisors on Monday set a second public hearing for a proposal by Trash Doctors, a New-Orleans based company that hopes to bring a portion of its business to Port Bienville.
The hearing was set for June 5 at 2 p.m.
A few months ago, Trash Doctors requested that the solid waste authority amend its plan to allow its company to come to Hancock County.
The company must still get approval from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.
A public hearing was held last month and only a handful of residents voiced opposition.
Since the hearing, however, several more residents have come forward with complaints.
Company officials said none of the medical waste will be disposed of locally and it will be treated in a sterile and safe environment. Port Bienville is also home to several other industries, some of which have produced toxic materials in the past, officials said. County Attorney Gary Yarborough said Tuesday that supervisors wanted to hold another hearing to allow residents who may not have had an opportunity to attend the first one.
"The board wants to have a hearing on its own," Yarborough said.
If approved, officials said Trash Doctors will create dozens of jobs and contribute to the local economy.