2/13/15
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MEDIA CONTACT: Dina Pierce

Ohio EPA Seeks Public’s Help to Find Illegal Dumping Suspects

 

Twenty-two drums of unknown materials were abandoned in a semi-trailer in Toledo in early January. Ohio EPA is seeking assistance from anyone who may have seen activity at the site or know the person or people who dumped the material.


The drums and trailer were left beside the road in the 900 block of Matzinger Road in front of Finish Line Heavy Truck Collision between Jan. 1-5, 2015.

Ohio EPA investigators took samples of materials in the drums. The Agency is waiting on sampling results. The drums were removed by an Ohio EPA contractor.


Ohio EPA is investigating the incident but needs the public’s help to continue efforts to identify those responsible.


Anyone with information is encouraged to call Rick Hassinger at Ohio EPA’s Northwest District Office in Bowling Green at (419) 352-8461 or (800) 686-6930, or email him at derek.hassinger@epa.ohio.gov.


EDITOR’S NOTE: High resolution photos of the containers are available at http://epa.ohio.gov/Portals/47/images/ToledoAbandonedDrums.JPG and http://epa.ohio.gov/Portals/47/images/ToledoAbandonedDrums2.JPG


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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.


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