Proposed Tolson Rubble Landfill in Crofton, Anne Arundel County

The Maryland Department of the Environment has issued a Refuse Disposal Permit for a proposed construction and demolition debris landfill in Crofton, Anne Arundel County.  The permit requires the proposed facility to meet all applicable environmental laws and regulations for disposal of construction and demolition debris. The permit became effective on November 24, 2014.

The permit is for the proposed Tolson & Associates Rubble Landfill to be located at the end of Capital Raceway Road in Crofton.  The permittee is Tolson & Associates, LLC, 7 Willow Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. The proposed facility is designed to dispose of rubble (construction and demolition) waste. 

Under law, local jurisdictions are responsible for developing strategies to handle their solid waste. The location of any solid waste facility is a local land use consideration and is managed through local zoning and land use laws. Maryland law and regulation requires that MDE limit its review of permit applications to the effect that a facility might have on the environment and public health. MDE’s technical analysis of the permit and approval applications has shown that the facility can be built and operated in a manner that is fully in compliance with Maryland law and regulation to protect public health and the environment.

Environmental laws and regulations provide for public participation in the permit application process. MDE highly values public review and comment. MDE held two public informational meetings on the permit application and a public hearing on the Department's tentative determination to issue a Refuse Disposal Permit for the proposed rubble landfill. Twelve people testified at the hearing. The Department also received written comments from more than 700 individuals and several organizations. All comments were considered.

In response to some of the comments received from the community, the proposed refuse disposal draft permit was modified for the final determination. Key modifications include:

  • There shall be no queuing of trucks on Capitol Raceway Road waiting to enter the Tolson Landfill for waste disposal.
  • Within six months of issuance of this permit, Tolson shall submit a plan for the design and installation of an active landfill gas collection system at the landfill.
  • Within 60 days, Tolson shall submit an amendment to the Operation and Maintenance Plan to include an operations plan for the recycling of waste products specifying where and how such recycling activities will occur.
  • Tolson shall submit an amendment to the Operation and Maintenance Plan to list the landfill operating hours as 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Tolson shall submit an amendment to the Operation and Maintenance Plan to include the weighing of all vehicles transporting solid waste to the landfill for disposal.
  • Tolson shall submit a site map of sufficient scale to show the location of the security fence around the landfill, along with a description of the type and height of the fence.
  • Liner leak testing must be performed by qualified personnel on the landfill liner after placement, and the test results must be submitted to MDE.:


Note: The issuance of the Refuse Disposal Permit for the Tolson and Associates Rubble Landfill has been appealed for judicial review in accordance with Subtitle 1-6 of the Environment Article, Annotated Code of Maryland.  Updated 2/5/2015.   New!

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Solid Waste Program, Land Management Administration
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Blvd., Ste. 605
Baltimore MD  21230-1719
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