The Press Newspaper
The Lake Township trustees Tuesday approved a resolution asking the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and attorney general to investigate operating permit violations at the landfill operated by Envirosafe Services of Ohio in Oregon.
The resolution also asks the state to provide direct oversight in the monitoring of underground raw water lines to Toledo that run through the landfill property.
“…in the event of a rupture of the waterlines the trenches could serve as preferential channels for containment transport into Lake Erie, the main source of water used by the City of Toledo…” the resolution states. “…The Ohio EPA has determined that Envirosafe Services of Ohio is in violation of several conditions of its Ohio Hazardous Waste Facility Installation and Operating permit…”
Portions of Lake Township receive water from Toledo purchased through the Northwestern Water and Sewer District.
JoAnn Schiavone, a former member of Walbridge Village Council and an environmental activist, requested the trustees approve the resolution, which also asks the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency conduct its own sampling of the waterline trenches and monitoring wells.
She said landfill records, including field logs and spread sheets pertaining to inspections of the trenches, are missing for the period April to December, 2006.
An arraignment hearing is scheduled for Oct. 15 in Lucas County Common Pleas Court for Stephen Jacobs, an Envirosafe employee, who has been indicted on an alleged violation of the landfill’s hazardous waste permit.
Mrs. Schiavone said intervention by the federal EPA is needed.
“We want to know what he didn’t do at the site that affects the health and safety of residents,” she said.
The resolution also asks for a moratorium on the landfill accepting more waste until the U.S. EPA can complete its review.
Junk car resolution
The trustees moved one step closer to approving a resolution that authorizes the township to remove junk vehicles from private and public property.
The trustees heard the second reading of the resolution that defines a junk vehicle as at least three model years old, apparently inoperable, and extensively damaged, including missing wheels, tires, engine, or transmission.
A junked vehicle on public property may be removed immediately.
For vehicles on private property, the township will follow a procedure that starts with the trustees issuing a written notice to the owner of intent to remove the vehicle.
The owner will be allowed to present evidence at a hearing at which the trustees will decide whether or not to issue an order for removal.
Owners will have 14 days to comply.
The resolution doesn’t apply to vehicles at scrap metal processing facilities, motor vehicle salvage dealers, salvage vehicle auctions or motor vehicle pools, or towing services.
Ron Sims, a trustee, said the resolution won’t result in the township embarking on an aggressive enforcement campaign but instead will follow complaints from the public.
“I want to assure everybody we’re not on a witch hunt. This is a tool we can use,” he said, adding he is a car collector and they won’t be affected.