Health officials investigating dumping near river

Materials prohibited by state solid waste guidelines have been found on the Hydraulic Road land the city uses as a fill site, a West Carrollton official said Wednesday.

Some carpet and wooden building materials were discovered last month during an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency inspection, said Carl Enterman, city code enforcement officer. Only items such as concrete blocks, bricks and stone — labeled as “clean hard fill” — are permitted at such sites, OEPA and health officials said.

The land is on Appvion Inc.’s former wastewater treatment facility site, land donated to the city a few years ago.

“What we’re dumping is correct fill now,” Enterman said, adding, “we are under no notice of violation by neither EPA nor the department of health.”

Enterman said the city completed an “intent to fill” notice, which a West Carrollton official said was sent out Wednesday afternoon. While Enterman said the OEPA inspector “was fine with what we were doing and the way we were doing it,” Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County officials have been sent photos from the Jan. 11 inspection and they will likely have jurisdiction, said Dina Pierce, agency spokeswoman.

Enterman said he hoped to meet with local health officials in the next few days about the site, which West Carrollton has been filling since May 2015, city documents show. What further actions will be taken about the site will depend on what is found, Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County officials said.

“Typically,” said Tom Hut, a public health official, “it may result in orders to remove solid waste items….. directing them to dispose of them properly and provide documentation.”

“If we find solid waste at the site we will order it removed and we will keep the site on a list of clean hard fill sites that we routinely visit to ensure that they are only accepting the material they’re permitted to,” he added.

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