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WTI Group wants county prosecutor to investigate statements in case



Published: Tue, May 1, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



A group opposed to the incinerator plant says it has tried unsuccessfully since January to meet with the prosecutor.

By NORMAN LEIGH

VINDICATOR SALEM BUREAU

LISBON -- A citizens group wants Columbiana County Prosecutor Robert Herron to probe statements allegedly made regarding Von Roll Waste Technologies Industries in an unrelated criminal investigation.

The statements were made in a February 1999 deposition given by Vincent Zumpano in a criminal case that originated in Jefferson County, Alonzo Spencer of the East Liverpool-based Save Our County said at a news conference Monday.

Spencer alleged the deposition described a possible conspiracy intended to benefit Von Roll WTI, a hazardous waste incinerator that's been operating in East Liverpool since December 1992.

The criminal case for which Zumpano's deposition was given dealt with the now-defunct North Ohio Valley Air Authority. The agency was responsible for monitoring air quality in the region.

NOVAA's duties included monitoring Von Roll WTI.

Guilty of corruption: Zumpano, a NOVAA technician, and other agency officials were found guilty in October 1999 of corruption charges.

The charges stemmed from a scheme to help a businessman get state permits to operate a landfill near Steubenville.

Spencer said Save Our County has sought a meeting with Herron since January to discuss the group's desire for an investigation of remarks made by Zumpano in his deposition.

Herron failed to respond until Monday, when he contacted the group and agreed to an eventual meeting, Spencer said.

Neither Herron nor a WTI spokesman were available to comment.

Save Our County has long opposed the incinerator, claiming that it's polluting the air and surrounding area. WTI has repeatedly denied those allegations.




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