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WARREN Concern over stench spreads



Published: Wed, February 20, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



A meeting to address the stench will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

By AMANDA C. DAVIS

VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF

WARREN -- A vile odor on the city's southwest side has become a headache for a city councilwoman and her family.

Literally.

Susan Hartman, D-7th, said she and her husband and children woke up with headaches Tuesday morning after what they consider to be one of the worst nights for "the smell."

Residents living in neighborhoods bordering Warren Township have been complaining since fall about a lingering odor that they've been told is coming from Warren Recycling on Martin Luther King Avenue S.W.

Warren Recycling is a transfer center for the city. All city trash is taken to the center, then to solid-waste landfills.

Officials there could not be reached to comment.

Emergency call: For Jackie Bush and her husband, Bill, Monday night's stench prompted a call to 911.

"You couldn't even breathe," she said, explaining that emergency crews have said there is nothing they can do.

Bush said she's worried for the safety of her family and neighbors who also live on Elm Street, off South Leavitt Road.

City officials don't seem to be doing anything about the odor and don't seem to care, she added.

Earlier search: Bob Pinti, the city's deputy health director, was not available Tuesday evening but has said the Twinsburg office of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency spent two days looking for the cause of the stench and that a health department inspector also was out.

Neither came to any conclusions, he said.

Hartman said she's been told the odor is from hydrogen sulfide and that it's not dangerous unless it's in concentrated form.

She said she wants the Ohio Industrial Commission to determine whether residents are in any danger.

The matter will be discussed at a 7:30 p.m. meeting Thursday at Warren Township Administration Building on West Market Street.

Residents are encouraged to attend.

Other complaints: Hartman said officials at Trumbull Correctional Institution on Burnett Road have complained and that the stench stretches to Risher Road and as far away as Parkman Road.

She added she's especially worried the stench will aggravate her husband's emphysema and the breathing difficulties her three children have.

Bush said she doesn't want her grandchildren to be subjected to the stench.

She added that her sister-in-law Eileen Bush, also of Elm Street, became ill Monday.

Eileen Bush said the stench was so bad that she vomited and couldn't sleep.

A son called 911, and firefighters who responded gave her oxygen and advised her to call back if she had further problems, she said.

Shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday, Bill Bush told The Vindicator the stench "is building up outside."

"In another hour or so, we won't even be able to sit in the house," he added.

Hartman said the stench is not constant, it's often worse at night and that it stays low to the ground.

Sometimes it smells like burning wood, other times like sulfur, she said, adding, "It gags you."

"You can't wait to go to work in the morning and get out of the house."

davis@vindy.com




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