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Approximate boundaries of the Behr Dayton Thermal System VOC Plume, North Sanitary (Valleycrest) Landfill and Valley Pike VOCs Superfund sites.
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A coalition of religious groups are joining forces, this weekend, to call attention to proposed cuts to the EPA.  They say the cuts would hamper the cleanup of local lands that have been polluted. 

 

Commentary: EPA and Us

Apr 25, 2017
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After World War II, American industry grew rapidly, leading to not only unprecedented wealth and a growing middle class, but also to serious negative effects on the environment.  As industry and population expanded, we learned through poisoned rivers and unbreathable air that there are limits to the capacity of the environment to absorb our waste.  The Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1970 with strong bipartisan support for efforts to remediate heavily polluted urban air and waterways across the country.

Marches for Science In Courthouse Square And Nationwide

Apr 22, 2017
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Despite cool temperatures around 900 people gathered in Dayton’s Courthouse Square Saturday for a rally in support of science. The Earth Day March for Science was one of 15 across Ohio timed to coincide with more than 600 marches nationwide, including on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and around the world.

Miami Township Parks and Recreation

Federal environmental officials are working to determine the cost of cleaning up a southwest Ohio park that's contaminated with lead.

The Dayton Daily News reports the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will research if there are "responsible parties" that should pay for the cleanup of Layer Park in Miami Township.

The park is the site of a former skeet shooting range that recently tested for high levels of lead. Township officials have said the 7-acre park has been closed since Dec. 24.

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The U.S. EPA is stepping in to help clean up groundwater pollution in the Valley Pike neighborhood of Riverside.

The organization announced yesterday the site has been added to its National Priorities list, which categorizes the most hazardous polluted sites in the country.

The Ohio EPA asked for federal support when the chemicals perchloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE) were found in Valley Pike’s groundwater in 2013. The contaminants were traced back to nearby Mullins Rubber Products.

A Pennsylvania gas well.  fracking drilling
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BARNESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Crews are working to clean up thousands of gallons of drilling wastewater that spilled into an Ohio reservoir after a truck hauling the toxic water overturned.

 Barnesville Fire Chief Bob Smith tells The Columbus Dispatch that the truck crashed early Wednesday, sending about 5,000 gallons of wastewater into a field, a creek and eventually into one of the village's reservoirs. The driver was taken to a hospital with injuries that aren't life-threatening.

Dayton Water Great Miami River
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A southwest Ohio wastewater treatment plant has been told it failed to use proper emissions filtering equipment for the second time in less than two years.

The Dayton Daily News reports that federal regulators cited Clean Water Ltd. on Feb. 3 after they say dangerous contaminants from the Dayton facility escaped into the air.

The citation says an emissions filter didn't work properly for nine days last year. A ventilation system didn't function properly for 20 days.

EPA: Up To $13.9M Available For Great Lakes Restoration

Jul 30, 2015
The shoreline of Lake Erie can become gummed up with algae during the summer months.
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says up to $13.9 million is being made available in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants.

The agency says it's seeking proposals for new projects for the 2015 funding cycle. They're available to state, tribal, interstate and local governmental agencies, as well as colleges, universities and nonprofits.

A Pennsylvania gas well.  fracking drilling
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An advocacy group says hundreds of millions of gallons of fracking waste is being dumped into oil and gas disposal wells without strong oversight. But the state stands by the strength of its program.

Ohio Citizen Action—a grassroots anti-pollution group—says the state’s inspections of injection wells are inconsistent. These are wells used to dispose of oil and gas drilling waste.

Nathan Rutz with Ohio Citizen Action adds that the U.S. EPA should do a better job at keeping the state inspectors in line.

Wayne Baker / WYSO

 

The group People for Safe Water held a rally at the Clark County Combined Health District on Tuesday, voicing concerns over the Environmental Protection Agency's cleanup plan for the Tremont City Barrel Fill site by chanting "dig it up, truck it out."

The EPA's plan is to dig up barrels at the Tremont City landfill, remove the ones with liquid waste, but put the barrels filled with solid waste back in the ground.

The last part of that plan, putting barrels back in the ground, is what Clark County residents and city officials turned out to protest.

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