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Ohio EPA Seeks Public’s Help to Nab Mansfield Dumper
Several containers containing petroleum-based wastes were dumped in Mansfield in February. Ohio EPA is seeking assistance from anyone who may have seen activity at the dump site or know the person or people who dumped the material.
On Feb. 11 and 12, 2013, a witness saw a black pickup truck dumping the containers along Richland-Shale Road near the closed Richland Moulded Brick facility.
Ohio EPA has been investigating the incident since it was reported but needs the public’s help to continue efforts to locate and prosecute those responsible.
The containers are plastic totes that originally contained asphalt sealant additive and the drums originally contained chemicals associated with the automatic car wash industry.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
EDITOR’S NOTE: A high resolution photo of the dumped containers is available here.
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. In the past 40 years, 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. Ohio EPA….40 years and moving forward.