Tremont City Barrell Fill

People for Safe Water displayed examples of the barrels containing hazardous waste at the Tremont City Barrel Fill.
Wayne Baker / WYSO

The group People for Safe Water held a public forum in Springfield this week to voice concerns over the Environmental Protection Agency's refusal to stick with its original cleanup plan for the Tremont City Barrel Fill.
 

The U.S. EPA stated in 2010 that they would clean up the Tremont City landfill by removing all of the 300,000 gallons of hazardous waste from the site for close to $55 million, but subsequently changed its plan. The new remedy calls for reburying some of the waste and empty drums for about half that.

Wayne Baker / WYSO

Residents and local officials in the village of Tremont City are challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio EPA over the cleanup of a landfill.  Clark County residents are voicing their opposition on a plan developed by the U.S. EPA to clean up nearly 300,000 gallons of industrial waste that has been buried at the Tremont City landfill Superfund site since the late 1970s.

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.

Wayne Baker / WYSO

The US Environmental Protection Agency hired a third party to conduct a public forum Wednesday night in Springfield to discuss the agency's plan to clean up the Tremont City Landfill. 

Several residents showed up to voice their displeasure concerning the EPA's decision to rebury some of the waste and empty drums at the site instead of removing it all.

"Why'd they hire you, why don't they get the thing cleaned up? That's what we want," a forum participant said during the open session.

A public forum Wednesday in Springfield is the latest in an ongoing debate over how to clean up a Clark County landfill. Residents have been at odds with the US Environmental Protection Agency for years over how to clean 300,000 gallons of industrial waste at the Tremont City landfill.

Now, The EPA is sending a third party to address their concerns.