Center Twp. officials demand action on fire-prone landfill

LISBON -- Columbiana County officials are taking steps to seal a landfill in Center Township that they say has become a nuisance.
The county prosecutor's office has sent letters to several out-of-state companies believed to be responsible for the facility, Bob Durbin, county health board president, said this morning.
The letters demand that within 15 days the companies submit a plan to seal the 23-acre landfill on Steubenville Pike Road, which has been the source of intermittent fires since November.
If no sealing plan is received, the county will file a lawsuit seeking to recover a $126,000 bond that was posted when the landfill opened in the 1990s. The county will use the bond money to seal the facility, which accepted construction and demolition debris from the East Coast.
Closed: The facility was ordered closed by the county in March 2001 for several reasons, including a lack of data showing that groundwater around the site was being monitored and a failure to install water diversion ditches. The fires are sparked by spontaneous combustion that results from compression of the materials deposited there.
Smoke from the smoldering fires poses no environmental or health risk but it smells and is a nuisance, Durbin said.

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