Wednesday, July 26, 2000

Landfill could be out of use soon

Plan would seal landfill in 2001

By Michael D. Clark
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        WEST CHESTER TWP. — A landfill in the middle of this prosperous Butler County community could be capped and sealed by the fall of 2001 under a proposed cleanup plan being considered by federal officials.

        U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials told West Chester Township trustees Tuesday evening that the Skinner landfill near the township's central business district can be successfully capped and isolated so that no environmentally harmful toxins will leak from the site.

        “All safety precautions will be in place,” said Scott Hansen, remedial project manager for the Chicago office of the EPA.

        Mr. Hansen, who will oversee the $10 million cleanup of the Skinner landfill, assured trustees during a status briefing that the proc ess for developing a plan to seal the 12-acre waste disposal area is proceeding as planned.

        He told trustees and West Chester residents during a public meeting that once a federal judge reviews public comments submitted about the cleanup and signs off on a consent decree, the EPA will design a detailed plan to seal off the waste site.

        The landfill, is on 78 acres off Cincinnati-Dayton Road.


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