Tuesday, February 15, 2000

Whitewater landfill has public hearing


Developer would divert waterway

BY LEW MOORES
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        WHITEWATER TOWNSHIP — The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) will hold a public information session and hearing Thursday to get comments about a company's proposal to redirect a stream in the township that will run under the company's proposed landfill.

        Miamiview Investments Inc. wants to construct a demolition debris landfill on land it owns along Ohio 128.

        Some residents and the township trustees have opposed the landfill, but Thursday's hearing is being restricted to whether the company should get a permit for work that will affect the stream.

        “They want to channelize it, pipe it and have that piping exist under the future landfill,” said Lynne Barst, OEPA spokeswoman, of the small, unnamed tributary of the Great Miami River.

        The hearing is 7 p.m. at Whitewater Township Senior Community Center, 6125 Dry Fork Road.

        Miamiview proposes burying two 48-inch pipes to contain the flow of the tributary, and constructing two road crossings on the property.

        The OEPA permit is re quired because the changes could have an effect on the habitat of the stream and its water quality.

        Miamiview Investments has already obtained an operating license from the Hamilton County Board of Health to construct the landfill on about 28 acres. An air emissions permit is under review by the OEPA. That permit involves the dust that would be kicked up at the landfill with trucks unloading debris.

        Riley Kinman, an engineer with RNK Environmental Inc. in Erlanger, the engineering firm hired to do the construction design for the landfill, said it is not for solid waste garbage. It is for disposal of the debris associated with construction, rehabilitation and demolition projects.

        “It would be used for the landfill initially,” said Mr. Kinman. “Then this fill would be used to support light industrial buildings at a later date.”

        Ms. Barst said the permit is required because the tributary feeds into the Great Miami River.

        “This feeds into that river and of course environmentally we're concerned that the quality of the water continues to be good,” Ms. Barst said.

        The landfill would hold such material as wood, glass, asphalt, piping, drywall, shingles, rocks and bricks.

        Ms. Barst said the comments from the hearing will be considered and evaluated by the technical staff of the OEPA.

       



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