Ohio EPA finds toxic chemicals in C&D landfills.
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A product or solution formed by leaching, especially a solution containing contaminants picked up through the leaching of soil. values for nine Ohio construction and demolition landfills exceed the primary drinking water standards for arsenic and lead and exceed the secondary drinking water standards for sulfate, iron and manganese, according to tests done by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), independent agency of the U.S. government, with headquarters in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1970 to reduce and control air and water pollution, noise pollution, and radiation and to ensure the safe handling and .
According to the EPA'S findings, the values for cadmium exceed the primary drinking water standard. In addition, the leachate exceeds secondary drinking water standards for aluminum, chloride and total dissolved solids Total dissolved solids (often abbreviated TDS) is an expression for the combined content of all inorganic and organic substances contained in a liquid which are present in a molecular, ionized or micro-granular (colloidal sol) suspended form. .
According to the report, high levels of contaminants may be leaching out of those landfills. The state's Construction and Demolition Debris Study Council, which is made up of lawmakers, Ohio EPA EPA eicosapentaenoic acid.
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n. officials and industry representatives, has received the report. Among the group's responses to the report is a possible need to increase the number of tested compounds from 19 to 64 and a general tightening of the controls on C&D landfills, including increasing the setback limits to 1,000 feet from occupied dwellings.
Several environmental groups in the state have used the report to increase pressure for the tighter regulation of C&D landfills. According the Ohio Environmental Council, "This data seriously undermines the industry's claim that there is no scientific evidence to support stronger controls on construction and demolition waste Construction and demolition waste (C&D waste) includes all wastes arising from construction/building industries, demolition or directly, to man or the environment . ."
R Lives Count Too, a new advocacy group, has filed proposed ballot language with the Ohio attorney general The office of Attorney General of Ohio was first created by the Ohio General Assembly by statute in 1846. The attorney general's principal duties were to give legal advice to the state government, to represent the state in legal matters, and to advise the state's county prosecutors. to have C&D landfills be treated the same as solid waste landfills that take municipal garbage. To get the issue on the November 2006 ballot, the group will need to collect 322,899 signatures, according to local news reports.
"These landfills do pose a threat," says Warren Township resident Debbie Roth, who is a leader of the campaign to put the issue on the ballot.