Legislators investigate landfill cleanup

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Legislators investigate landfill cleanup

Dayton Daily News – Local leaders concerned that a hazardous waste cleanup plan could jeopardize the county’s drinking water have turned to Ohio lawmakers for help.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said he is concerned about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recent decision to dig up barrels containing industrial waste at the Tremont City Barrel Fill and then rebury them on-site in a lined landfill instead of removing all of the hazardous waste as recommended by area leaders and the Ohio EPA.

Brown said he’s working with community leaders and has reached out to the U.S. EPA to better understand the plan and ensure it will protect the groundwater. “We need to make sure we get this right and that the best science wins out,” Brown said.

U.S. Reps. Steve Austria, R-Beavercreek, and Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, also said they are looking into the matter. And Springfield’s state Sen. Chris Widener, and state Reps. Bob Hackett and Ross McGregor have said they are concerned about the issue.

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