Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on July 24, 1974 · Page 13
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 13

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, July 24, 1974
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14 Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Wed., July 24, 1974 FAYETTEVILLE, A R K A N S A S Opponents Say No Better Than Open Dump Rogers Landfill Faces Court Decision By PEGGY FR1ZZELL TIMES Staff Writer ROGERS--Whether or not the sanitary landfill in Rogers is operating as a sanitary landfill will be decided Thursday in Benlon County Chancery Court. Longtime opponents of the landfill claim the facility is no better than an open dump. The approximately 26 plaintiffs -most of whom are members of the Cloverdale Citizens Group -- are asking Chancellor Ted Coxsey for ari injunction to close the landfill 'where the city of Rogers disposes of its trash. Through its attorney, Charles Impressed With Area's Beauty Indian Tourist Official Visits The Ozarks Armed'wim an attache case full of brochures, maps and pictures of India, Des Khurana, a tourist promotion manager for India, recently stopped by the TIMES to talk about his nativeland. K h u r a n a , in the Ozarks for the first time since coming to the United States, five and one half years ago, was impressed with this area's beauty and especially cnjoye'd the scenic drive through the Boston Mountains. He compared, the hilly landscape with India's northeastern mountain country. But mountains and hills are only a part of India's topography, Khurana said. "India is a country of contrasts." While the Himalayan mountain range lies along the nation's northeast border, the northwest portion of the country is very flat, he said. , Jungle and forest 'land dominate the mid-east section, and hills and low-lying-areas where rice is grown complete Hhe southern part ot the visual map. Temperatures too are diverse, he noted.' 'Places' in' the north may be cold. while the mid-section is hot and' the southern tip moderate.- DIVERSITY NOTED While the la'rge ^majority of the population farm the land and follow the' Hindu . culture, they speak' 15 'different languages, prepare, different foods and vary in physical 1 appearances. ,.' ' . . ' "It is this diversity that faci- nates the; torist," Khurana ob served. i Khurana recommended India 1 as a place for Americans to visit because of the country's diversity; because of its 5,000 year old culture captured in monuments and on the walls of caves, and because of its relative inexpensiveness. He said a visitor needs only $10 to 312 a day tor all expenses--hotel, food,. Iransporta- ion, and sightseeing--in India. With round-trip air fare at about $617 from New York to Delhi, a person could tour the country about one month on 1.000. He noted that the Indian government permits tourists to remain in the country with only a ticket and passport. No visa is needed for this length of slay. "It is a haven for students wanting to see history, architecture and culture.". Khurana said. It- the students travel' in groups, the Indian, government can arrange for them to visit Indian families' homes. ' Students often can obtain college credits by touring the country LUXURY VACATIONS For'those vacationers wanting to bask in a little luxury, the g o v e r n m e n t h a s converted about 14 former Palaces for the Maharaja into hotels with accommodations at about $12 pel night- per person. These palaces, located in the northeast section of the country--Rajas- than- were once .the estates and homes of the ruling rich. Another style of accommodation, popular with families, is the floating hotel or houseboai n Kashmir hear the capital city of Sr in a gar. These can be rented for about $8 a day. Jungle rides through the oresled land afford visitors a 'lew of the country's abundant wildlife, Khurana said. This includes while tigers which exclu siyely dwell in India. But Jeep vehicles arc not used on trips .hrough the jungle. Tourists ride elephants, instead, accompanied by a guide. Because it s high bush country, there are often places Jeeps cannot go, Khurana explained. The country's monuments-from the Taj Mahal to the gi- ;anlic, sculpted temples in Khajuraho --help visitors trace Hie nation's history.- India's Hindu culture is parti cularly vivid in the Ellora anc Ajanta caves and the caves on Elephants Island. Buddisls priests and followers lived in the Ellora and Ajanta caves in the second through f i f t h cen turies and In the Elephanta Is land caves in the seventh anc eight 'centuries. The'walls of these caves are sculpted, with history, he said Many are painted with murals. People come to see the ricl history, Khurana said. Am white in India, they discove: the country's pace of life i: much slower than Americans "It is t h e ' w a y of life there Why hurry;" .he -said, "when you. can live' longer by moving more slowly?" Javis of Springdale, the group s asking that landfill owner jynn Fulton be declared in con- empt of court. The group cpn- ends that Fulton refused to omply · with a court order ssucd this past January. The order dealt- with procedures that were- necessary for i sanitary landfill -- such as ally covering the refuse with ix inches of dirt. But according to Fulton and ack Smitherman of the slate Department of Pollution Control and Ecology, the.trash has been covered daily with the required mount of dirt. Smitherman said the landfill s now in the best'condition it aas been since he began work vith the state department last all. CONTROVERSY I The controversy over the andfill began in early 1971 vhen Rogers had to stop disposing of its trash in an open dump because of new clean-air egislation. City officials' chose to give Fulton a franchise to, collect trash and dispose of it at his sanitary landfill located in the north section of the city east of the airport. Authorized as a -sanitary landfill operation by the Department of Pollution Control and Ecology, the landfill uses two bulldozers and two earthmoving scrapers and has three employes on its 33-acre spread. In 1972, Daisy-Heddon Manufacturing Company in Rogers dumped industrial wastes which ioTitained cyanide at the landfill. The incident resulted in several dead cattle and.a lawsuit filed by the cattle's owner. The suit 'was decided in favor of the property owner. A court order handed down said that cyanide and such substances could not be dumped at the fill. No such substances, no insecticides and no dead animals are disposed at the landfill anymore, according to Fulton. OBSERVER NAMED But area residents maintained that the 1972 court order: was not being fulfilled and obtained a second court order in January at which time Chancellor Cox sey appointed an impartial ob server whose identity is unknown to either side. The ob server has been watching land fill operations over the last fev months and is expected ti report his findings to Coxsey. But the plaintiffs also have been monitoring operations a the landfill. One member, of th Cloverdale Citizens Group h a _ kept a Say-by-day account in vriting and photographs of ,th andfill. She is expected to pre sent her findings at Thursday' court hearing. The citizen's group stated ii a letter to the f e d e r a Environmental P r o t e c t i o i Agency (ERA) .its belief tha he landfill is still operating a an open dump, which attract l i e s ' a n d rodents and pollute valer sources. According to Peter Tooker o ICORN (Arkansas Community )rganizations for Reform Now) Dallas EPA officials said the vill investigate the group' accusations.against the landfil The Cloverdale Citizens Grou s an affiliate of ACORN. Fulton said several inident of vandalism and harassmei have occurred at the landfi since last fall. He has erecte a fence on the perimeter of th fill. It was .cut down in severa places-;. .The gate was als severed from its hinges. VANDALISM ^REPORTED The fence has. been repaire and re-vandalized several time since being built, he said. About April, the two bul dozers threw a dor in the engines at the same time, Afte checking the evidence, Fulto said oil in the crankcases ha been thinned with fuel. Th vandalism cost him aboi. $7,000. Another time, landfill c ployes found sugar poured the oil. The vandalism was di covered before the engine ,wa started, thus avoiding anothe major repair bill. Then in December, four fire broke out simultaneously ( andfill grounds. The fi: believed to be set by arsonis burned for a week Fulton said the only lime the] ash does not get covered is ring periods of heavy rain, e explained 'that bulldozers, in ud, track back as much cover rt as they push forward. · In wet season, trash is some- mes not covered tor 10 days two weeks. Other than ·machinery problems which might hold up one day's work, the wet weather is the main reason for the trash not being covered daily, Fulton said. Smilherman, who said the landfill is in its best physical shape in months, thought the main reason for the controversy is the typical problem ot peopts. "just not wanting a landfill in their neighborhood." But the Cloverdale Citizens group contends the landfill is. an unsanitary dump which has never operated in accordance with the slate's code on sani-: lary landfills. . / ! JCPenney Pixy? portraits are enough to make anyone smile. 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