Countywide Recycling and Disposal Facility Information

Community Benefit Fund Update

 

Oct. 28, 2010 

 

Ohio EPA has allocated $3 million in civil penalty money to more than 50 projects that will benefit communities once impacted by nuisance odors emanating from Countywide Landfill in East Sparta.
 
 

Please contact Kristopher Weiss in the Ohio EPA Public Interest Center at (614) 644-2160 if you need additional information.

 


 

October 1, 2009 

Web Site Design Change

You may notice that the design of this Web page has changed. In order to help you find new documents more easily, links to new documents are at the top of the page and older documents have been archived. 

Air Monitoring/Odors

Reaction odors have lessened and odor complaints are down.

Air monitoring continues to show no exceedances of regulatory or health-based levels for the target pollutants being measured. Ohio EPA continues to monitor the air around the landfill.

Isolation Break and “Bifurcation”

The isolation break was successful in isolating and containing the subsurface reaction/fire to Cells 1-6 of the landfill, an 88-acre area now defined as the “remediation unit.” The isolation break effectively split the landfill in two. This split, also known as “bifurcation,” is also the boundary for how the site will be managed in the future. Ohio EPA will inspect and oversee management of the 88-acre remediation unit, and the Stark County Health Department will inspect and oversee the current operational unit of the landfill. 

We’re moving into a new stage at the landfill and operations in the remediation unit will be guided by several documents including a judicial consent order between Ohio EPA and Republic, director’s final findings and orders which select an Operation, Monitoring and Maintenance plan as an interim remedy, and a memorandum of understanding with the Stark County Health Department.

Operation, Monitoring and Maintenance Plan

The U.S. EPA-approved Operation, Monitoring and Maintenance Plan for the remediation unit will ensure that all engineering controls such as gas extraction wells, leachate drains, pumps, temporary plastic liner and flares will continue to control leachate, gas and odors generated by the reaction/fire. The plan will remain in place until the reaction/fire has run its course and the entire remediation area is safe enough to have a final cap put in place. There are currently no estimates for how long it may be before a final cover can be constructed. 

Community Benefit Fund

As part of the settlement agreement with Ohio EPA, Republic will put additional funds into the previously established Community Benefit Fund. The intent of the fund is to provide support to organizations, initiatives, or projects that promote the welfare of the community as a whole and benefit the greatest number of people in the area surrounding the site. Specific details on the disbursement of these funds will be released in the near future. 

The progress that’s been made to contain the reaction/fire is certainly encouraging. Ohio EPA is very glad that neighbors have received some relief from the odors. Ohio EPA will continue to monitor the situation closely, and is hopeful that we are well on the way to returning this landfill to normal operation.


New Documents Posted
September 30, 2009

Ohio EPA and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office have finalized an agreement with Republic Services of Ohio for the future operation and management of Countywide Landfill located at 3619 Gracemont Street SW in East Sparta (Stark County). A complaint and consent order, filed today with the Stark County Court of Common Pleas, also includes civil penalties totaling $10 million. (See news release for more.)
 
 
 
 
 
 

About this Web Page

Ohio EPA developed this page to provide citizens with easy access to ‘landmark’ or pertinent public documents regarding ongoing compliance issues and activities occurring at Republic Services of Ohio II, LLC’s Countywide Recycling and Disposal Facility in East Sparta, Ohio. 

The documents are listed by date and categorized into two groups, Ohio EPA documents and correspondence and Republic/Countywide submittals. Please click here for access to U.S. EPA documents and information.

Citizens or other interested parties who would like more information should call Ohio EPA's Public Interest Center at (614) 644-2160 or e-mail Kristopher Weiss.

Media inquiries should be directed by e-mail to Mike Settles or phone at (614) 644-2160. 

Background

On September 6, 2006, Ohio EPA declared Countywide Landfill (3619 Gracemont Street SW, East Sparta, Stark County) a public nuisance and ordered its owner, Republic Services of Ohio II, LLC, to take immediate steps to end foul odors emanating from the landfill and impacting citizens of Stark and Tuscarawas counties. Please click here for more background information and disclaimer information about this site. 

How do I submit odor complaints?

The Stark County Health Department is logging odor complaints regarding Countywide RDF and acts as a central point for Ohio EPA and all other agencies in regard to odor complaints. For more information, click here.
 
Please notify the Stark County Health Department in any of the following ways to file your complaint:

Isolation Break Status

For the final isolation break status report, please see the Countywide archive page. More information is available on U.S. EPA’s Web site
 

Ohio EPA Documents and Correspondence

Note: the following list includes documents issued or received during 2009. For older documents, please see the Countywide archive Web page.  All documents are in Adobe PDF format.
 

Date

Document Title/Subject

May 9, 2011 Countywide Recycling and Disposal Facility, Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Rule 3745-27-10(D)(7)(c)(ii) Approval
April 29, 2011 Letter to Mr. Michael Darnell, Remediation Unit Manager RE: South Slope Relocation Project
June 1, 2010 Letter Sent to Project Consideration and Screening Committee 
April 1, 2010 Waste Placement Request in Remediation Unit
March 8, 2010 Sample Community Benefit Fund Letter Sent to Local Officials
January 6, 2010 Ohio EPA Response to Air Sampling Frequency Reduction Request
September 30, 2009
September 23, 2009 Countywide Landfill Update Fact Sheet 
June 4, 2009 Notice of Violation
May 29, 2009 Director's Final Findings and Orders

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Republic Services/Countywide Submittals

Note: the following list includes documents issued or received during 2009. For older documents, please see the Countywide archive Web page. All documents are in Adobe PDF format.
 

Date

Document Title/Subject

November 2011 Monthly Progress Report
October 2011 Monthly Progress Report
September 2011 Monthly Progress Report
August 2011 Monthly Progress Report
July 2011 Monthly Progress Report
June 2011 Monthly Progress Report
May 2011 Monthly Progress Report
April 2011 Monthly Progress Report
March 2011 Monthly Progress Report
February 2011 Monthly Progress Report
January 2011 Monthly Progress Report
December 2010 Monthly Progress Report
Dec, 23, 2010

Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Report

November 2010 Monthly Progress Report
October 2010 Monthly Progress Report
September 2010 Monthly Progress Report
August 2010 Monthly Progress Report
July 2010 Monthly Progress Report
June 2010 Monthly Progress Report
June 2010 Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Report #31
April 2010

Monthly Progress Report

March 2010

Monthly Progress Report

February 2010 Monthly Progress Report
January 2010 Monthly Progress Report
November 20, 2009 Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Report #30
November 2009 Monthly Progress Report
October 20, 2009 Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Report #29
October 2009 Monthly Progress Report
August 20, 2009 Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Report #27
August 14, 2009 Weekly Progress Report
August 7, 2009 Weekly Progress Report
July 31, 2009 Weekly Progress Report
July 24, 2009 Weekly Progress Report
July 20, 2009 Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Report #26
July 17, 2009 Weekly Progress Report
July 10, 2009 Status Update: Interim Action and Evaluation Plan
July 10, 2009 Weekly Progress Report
July 3, 2009 Weekly Progress Report
June 26, 2009 Weekly Progress Report
June 20, 2009 Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Report #25
June 19, 2009 Weekly Progress Report
June 12, 2009 Weekly Progress Report
June 10, 2009 Status Update: Interim Action and Evaluation Plan
June 5, 2009 Weekly Progress Report
May 29, 2009 Weekly Progress Report
May 22, 2009 Weekly Progress Report
May 20, 2009 Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Report #24
May 15, 2009 Weekly Progress Report
May 8, 2009 Weekly Progress Report
May 8, 2009 Status Update: Interim Action and Evaluation Plan
May 1, 2009 Weekly Progress Report
April 24, 2009 Weekly Progress Report
April 20, 2009 Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Report #23
April 17, 2009 Weekly Progress Report
April 10, 2009 Status Update: Interim Action and Evaluation Plan
April 10, 2009 Weekly Progress Report
April 3, 2009 Weekly Progress Report
March 27, 2009 Weekly Progress Report
March 20, 2009 Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Report #22
March 20, 2009 Weekly Progress Report
March 10, 2009 Status Update: Interim Action and Evaluation Plan
March 6, 2009 Weekly Progress Report
February 27, 2009 Weekly Progress Report
February 20, 2009 Weekly Progress Report
February 20, 2009 Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Report #21
February 13, 2009 Weekly Progress Report
February 10, 2009 Status Update: Interim Action and Evaluation Plan
February 6, 2009 Weekly Progress Report
January 30, 2009 Weekly Progress Report
January 23, 2009 Weekly Progress Report
January 20, 2009 Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Report #20
January 16, 2009 Weekly Progress Report
January 10, 2009 Weekly Progress Report

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U.S. EPA Information and Documents

U.S. EPA maintains two Web sites on Countywide Landfill and a repository containing written records in Bolivar, Ohio. Information can be found by visiting:

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Additional Background Information

The odors continued and Ohio EPA determined aluminum production wastes disposed at Countywide were reacting with water and producing rapid settlement, heat and various gases, including hydrogen. This reaction, a smoldering fire, is a violation of Ohio’s solid waste regulations.
 
On March 28, 2007, Ohio EPA ordered Republic Services to take tougher actions to control the odors and underground fire. The Director’s Final Findings and Orders require Countywide to undertake extensive air and gas monitoring, leachate analysis and develop a fire suppression plan for the director’s approval. In addition, the company will close the landfill’s original 88-acre disposal area and pay more than $1,000,000 in fines and relief, including $250,000 to establish the Community Benefit Project Fund.
 
Ohio EPA is actively monitoring Countywide’s compliance with the Orders and has retained experts in landfill fires, fire science, chemistry and slope stability to independently evaluate any plans required under the Orders.

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Disclaimer

The user should be aware that, while we try to keep the information on this page timely and accurate, there will often be a delay between receipt of documents and their appearance on this page. This delay is due to the time needed to create an electronic version of the document as well as to complete needed legal reviews for this ongoing enforcement case.
 
This Web page is continually under development. We will make every effort to keep this page current and to correct errors brought to our attention.
 
The documents provided here are electronic copies of the official versions housed at the Ohio EPA. They are being provided for reference only and should not be altered or modified in any way.
 
For documents originating from sources other than Ohio EPA, the Agency takes no responsibility for the views, content or accuracy of the information provided.
 
Where necessary due to privacy laws and other legal statutes, the original document may be edited to keep protected information confidential.

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Odors

Please be aware that neither the Stark County Health Department nor Ohio EPA will be able to investigate every complaint. However, the health department will log every complaint received and this information will be used as necessary by Ohio EPA and other departments.
 
In addition to tracking odor complaints, the Stark County Health Department and Ohio EPA conduct several odor surveillance inspections per week to evaluate the odor situation at the facility.

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