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Ohio EPA to Hold Public Hearing on Amended Cleanup Plan for Hocking County Landfill
An amended cleanup plan for the 10.6-acre Green I Landfill site near Logan on Hunters Woods Rd. in Green Township (Hocking County) will be the focus of a Feb. 12, 2014, Ohio EPA information session and public hearing. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at Ohio EPA’s Southeast District Office, Room 100, 2195 E. Front St. in Logan.
Prior to the landfill ceasing to accept waste in 1974, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company (Goodyear) and the General Electric Company (GE) both used the facility to dispose of industrial wastes. Due to inadequate cover soils and concerns with leachate (water that comes into contact with waste), Goodyear agreed to investigate the extent of contamination and propose cleanup options.
Ohio EPA issued a final site cleanup plan (decision document) in November 2010. In July 2012, Ohio EPA approved the alternate cap as requested by Goodyear which included a clay layer of tested soils from the site. In addition, data was reexamined that showed concentrations in off-site pond sediments were below U.S. EPA’s screening concentration. Therefore, no action was required for the pond. This amended preferred plan reflects this new information.
The proposed cleanup activities include construction of the multi-layer landfill cap; collection and storage or treatment of leachate; development of a long-term operation and maintenance plan that includes periodic sampling of ground water and inspection of the cap; and recording an environmental covenant to prohibit use of ground water for potable or agricultural purposes and to prohibit building or placement of any permanent, occupied structure on the property.
Ohio EPA will consider public comments before finalizing a document that identifies the Agency’s selected cleanup plan. The director will then issue another set of orders to Goodyear and GE, requiring remedial design and action under Ohio EPA oversight.
Comments can be sent through Feb. 21, 2014, to Michael Sherron, site coordinator, Ohio EPA Southeast District Office, 2195 E. Front Street, Logan, Ohio 43138; faxed to (740) 385-6490; or emailed to email@example.com. Copies of Ohio EPA’s amended preferred plan for the Green I Landfill are available for review at the document repository in the Logan-Hocking Public Library, 230 E. Main St., Logan, or Ohio EPA’s Southeast District Office at the address above by first calling (740) 385-8501.
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.