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Transfer station to keep operating during probe



Published: Wed, January 3, 2007 @ 12:00 a.m.



The landfill completed a 4 million cleanup in June.

By AMANDA GARRETT

VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF

WARREN -- A controversial transfer station is continuing to operate without a license as the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio Attorney General's office check the background of the operators.

The Warren board of health issued a proposed denial of an operating license Dec. 27 for Environmental Transfer Systems Inc, 300 Martin Luther King Blvd., as recommended by the Ohio EPA.

The proposed denial is a temporary measure that will allow the transfer station -- formerly known as Warren Recycling Inc. -- to remain open while the Ohio EPA and the attorney general's office complete a background check on Environmental Transfer Systems, Warren Health Commissioner Bob Pinti said.

Before any company can run a transfer station, the owners must fill out a background check for the Attorney General's office that includes personal, financial and criminal information, said Katharina Snyder, a civil and geological engineer for the Ohio EPA.

The attorney general's office has turned over its background check to the Ohio EPA, which is conducting an internal review of the information, Snyder said.

Once the internal review is complete, the Ohio EPA will recommend that the health board either grant or deny the transfer station's request for a license.

"We'll look very carefully at the recommendation, but we aren't required to follow it," Pinti said.

Warren will continue to haul its municipal waste to the site during the investigation, Pinti said.

Controversies

The board's action is the latest in a series of controversies surrounding the landfill and transfer system.

The landfill was closed in 2004 because of urgent health threats to people living in the surrounding areas. In a November 2003 inspection, the federal EPA found hydrogen sulfide gas, which can cause chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue and nausea.

The landfill completed two years of cleanup efforts in June 2006, including a 4 million cleanup that covered loose debris with a clay cap to keep rainwater out, draining and filling areas of standing water and grading the landfill so water would flow toward a ditch.

The EPA also installed a treatment system for water that had come in contact with hydrogen sulfide.

The transfer station was never closed.

agarrett@vindy.com




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