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Ohio EPA finds toxic chemicals in C&D landfills.

The average leachate 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.

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.

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 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."

R Lives Count Too, a new advocacy group, has filed proposed ballot language with the Ohio attorney general 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.
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Title Annotation:Industry News
Publication:Construction & Demolition Recycling
Date:Nov 1, 2005
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