Tuesday, April 1, 2003

Rumpke comment deadline extended

Some documents missing at library

By Tom O'Neill
The Cincinnati Enquirer

COLERAIN TWP. - The deadline for public comment on Rumpke's proposed landfill expansion has been extended.

That's not unusual. The reason is.

Some documents apparently disappeared from a collection of Rumpke information set up by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for public view at the north central branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

• To express your opinion on the proposed Rumpke expansion, write to: Ohio EPA, Division of Solid and Infectious Waste Management, Attn: Systems Management Unit, PO Box 1049, Columbus OH 43216-1049. The deadline is April 17.
• The application and a draft permit are available for public viewing at the north central regional branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 11109 Hamilton Ave., Colerain Township. The phone number is 369-6068.
"There was some information that disappeared," Heather Lauer, spokeswoman for the OEP, said Monday.

"I'd hate to think anyone would steal it," she said. "It could have been misshelved, or somebody scooped it up with their papers. ... It was a weird situation."

The extension to April 17 was prompted by complaints from residents.

Lauer didn't know the specific nature of the missing documents. The OEPA is not required by law to provide a repository, but did so in part because of high public interest.

"Everything that we've been sent is available," said Dale Snair, manager of the north central library branch. "Over the past two, three weeks, there have been people coming in."

Daily intake of garbage at Mount Rumpke has increased from 1,000 tons in 1970 to 6,500 this year.

The landfill height has been at its maximum allowed 1,075 feet above sea level since 1995.

If the OEPA approves Rumpke's expansion by 6.4 million cubic yards, it would add 13 to 15 years to the life of the landfill, Rumpke officials have said.

Caren Whitcomb of Colerain was upset that certain documents were unavailable at the library.

At a March 11 public hearing, Whitcomb implored the OEPA to start the review process over, because the initial application has been revised and modified numerous times. "Let me say this, our community is watching," she said. "... We are expecting to have a voice in this procedure."

The OEPA also announced Monday that a public hearing on a second, unrelated request to discharge wastewater from a sedimentary pond is rescheduled from April 8 for the same reason. The meeting will be 7 p.m. April 29 at the Colerain Township administration building, 4200 Springdale Road.

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