Law would lower cost of cleanup

The U.S. EPA requested the rate change.
WARREN -- An ordinance that would contain the cost of the Warren Hills landfill cleanup was introduced to city council at its first regular meeting after its summer recess.
The ordinance would reduce the city's charge from 3 cents a gallon to 7/10 of a cent per gallon for disposal of leacheate into its sewage disposal system, provided the leacheate has been pre-treated to remove all hydrogen sulfide.
The rate change was requested by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which will pre-treat 50 million to 60 million gallons of leacheate on site in its $2.7 million cleanup of the landfill, discharging the treated leacheate into the city's sanitary sewer system.
Leacheate is water that has come in contact with the construction and demolition debris landfill's contents and becomes contaminated with hydrogen sulfide.
Hydrogen sulfide is a flammable, corrosive, toxic gas with a rotten-egg odor that emanates from putrefying matter.
Health study
The U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry recently released a study that linked hydrogen sulfide exposures with health symptoms among the landfill's neighbors. Eye irritation and breathing problems increased as people spent more time near the landfill, the study found. The agency has declared the landfill "an urgent public health hazard."
"They want to get started, but they're not going to get started with the fee rate that's in place," Tom Angelo, city water pollution control director, said of the U.S. EPA and its leacheate treatment effort.
The alternative to using the city's sewage treatment system would be to discharge the leacheate directly into Eagle Creek, which Angelo said would be undesirable.
GM water agreement
Also introduced Wednesday night was an ordinance to enter into a 15-year agreement with the village of Lordstown to furnish city water to General Motors. The city now supplies GM with water, as it has for 18 years, but without any contract. The water agreement was approved by Lordstown Council last month.
Under the agreement, Warren would supply 80 percent of GM's water needs, with the remainder coming from the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District. The agreement would ensure two alternate water supplies for reliable service to GM and thereby help keep GM in Lordstown, said Mayor Michael O'Brien.
"We will guarantee no interruption in service for the assembly line. We'll be providing up to 800,000 gallons a day for General Motors," the mayor added.
Council also introduced an ordinance to enter into contract with an engineering consultant for a storm-water drainage study of several flood-prone areas of the city, including the Golf Drive and Trumbull Country Club area; Elm Road and University Street Northeast; Millikin Place and Atlantic Street Northeast; Coit Avenue Northwest; and Tod Avenue Northwest.
Packard hall renovations
Council passed an ordinance to advertise for bids and enter into contract for a backstage dressing room and restroom renovation project at the 51-year-old, city-funded W.D. Packard Music Hall. The project, which will cost more than $200,000, is being funded by private money and by a state grant secured with the help of state Rep. Randy Law of Warren, R-64th.
The mayor told council bids to install a roof over the stage at the riverfront amphitheater in Perkins Park will be sought this fall, and next year's entertainers will have a roof over their heads. The project also includes a dressing room, restroom and track-lighting installation and an 18-foot extension of the concrete stage, he added.

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