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Board to ask state to close landfill

February 22, 2012
By DAVE GOSSETT - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - The Jefferson County Board of Health agreed to ask the Ohio attorney general's office to shut down the C&D Disposal Technologies landfill.

Health Department Administrator Bruce Misselwitz told board members Tuesday the current landfill owners appealed the denial of the 2011 operating license.

An appeal hearing was scheduled for the board's March meeting.

Misselwitz said a proposed purchase of the landfill by Black Eagle Partners of Richmond, Va., has not been completed as required by a board mandate.

He later said Black Eagle representatives toured the construction and demolition debris landfill site near Wintersville Tuesday morning and met with him Tuesday afternoon.

"Black Eagle told us they plan to start negotiations with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency regarding what they would be expected to do if they purchase the landfill. We are now asking the attorney general of Ohio to enforce the law and close the landfill," explained Misselwitz.

The owners of C&D Disposal Technologies had been granted an extension until Jan. 31 to complete the sale of the landfill.

In other matters, Misselwitz reported the Apex Sanitary Landfill near Amsterdam has been cited with 18 odor notice of violations and one operating notice of violation since Jan. 1.

"We have been told by the Apex operators that they should have 52 vertical wells drilled by the end of this month and one very long horizontal well," reported Misselwitz.

Board attorney Michael McMahon said he has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed in Harrison County Common Pleas Court by the German Township trustees seeking a share of the Apex tipping fees.

"Our position is the German Township trustees had been meeting with the Springfield Township trustees to resolve the tipping fees issue. We also feel the issue should go before the state Environmental Board of Appeals. We expect to have a hearing before the Harrison County Common Pleas Court judge," explained McMahon.

Misselwitz reported the health department was notified of a $8,951 reduction in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.

"We have met with our WIC program employees and they have asked if they can change their work schedule to 9.5 days a pay period in order to avoid having to lay off workers. We need to consider a schedule policy at our March board meeting," said Misselwitz.

"We are going to close our WIC clinic in Stratton and bring the staff back to our offices in Steubenville," added Misselwitz.

Misselwitz said the local WIC program is facing an anticipated 13 percent cut in funding in 2013.

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