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MEDIA CONTACT: Heather Lauer
CITIZEN CONTACT: Darla Peelle
Ohio EPA Seeks Input Related to the Preferred Plan for the Jackson County Landfill
Ohio EPA will hold a public information session and hearing concerning contamination and a remediation plan for the former Jackson County Landfill, located at 1841 Smith Bridge Road, Jackson. The hearing will take place at 6 p.m. on April 9, 2015, at the Jackson City Council Chambers, 199 Portsmouth St., Jackson.
The site began operations in 1970 accepting municipal solid waste and more than 5,000 drums of industrial waste. The landfill stopped accepting waste in 1987 but was never properly closed. As a result, rain water and snow melt has mingled with industrial waste at the site. The resulting contaminated water is called leachate. The leachate contains volatile and semivolatile organic compounds and metals at levels that need to be addressed.
The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company (Goodyear) is responsible for designing, implementing and monitoring the landfill remedy to ensure people’s health and the environment are protected. Goodyear has offered an engineering solution, which Ohio EPA has evaluated to ensure contamination does not leave the site.
The preferred alternative includes a geomembrane cap system to reduce and control leachate generation and movement; ground water monitoring; a soil gas collection system; a leachate collection system; site security; a long-term operation and maintenance plan; institutional controls; and a potential contingency to evaluate, and possibly install, a wetland for leachate treatment if a sufficient amount of leachate is generated.
A copy of the preferred remediation plan is located in the Jackson City Library, 21 Broadway St., Jackson, and at Ohio EPA’s Southeast District Office, 2195 Front Street, Logan, by calling (740) 385-8501 for an appointment. The preferred plan also is available on the web at epa.ohio.gov/derr/EnvironmentalResponseandRevitalization.aspx#113282715-whats-new.
In addition to oral or written testimony presented at the hearing, Ohio EPA also will accept written comments through Friday, April 17, 2015. Written comments should be addressed to Dustin Tschudy, Site Coordinator, Ohio EPA, Southeast District Office, 2195 Front Street, Logan, Ohio 43138. Comments also may be faxed to Dustin Tschudy at (740) 385-6490 or emailed to Dustin.Tschudy@epa.ohio.gov. Ohio EPA will consider all comments submitted during the public comment period before taking a final action.
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.