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STAGGERS: WTI - EPA'S 'COMEDY OF ERRORS' MEETS WITH OPPONENTS OF WASTE INCINERATOR

 STAGGERS: WTI - EPA'S 'COMEDY OF ERRORS'
 MEETS WITH OPPONENTS OF WASTE INCINERATOR
 WASHINGTON, April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- If the potential threat to the Ohio River Valley were not so deadly serious, U.S. Rep. Harley Staggers (D-W.Va.), said today, then the EPA's handling of the WTI hazardous waste incinerator at East Liverpool, Ohio, could well be termed a "comedy of errors."
 "There are more questions than answers, surrounding WTI," said Staggers, following a meeting with residents of West Virginia's Northern Panhandle who are opposed to the WTI facility.
 "There are serious questions regarding EPA's handling of the permitting process," said Staggers. "It's a comedy of errors to follow the paper trail as it twists and turns to accommodate the needs of WTI at any given time. There seems to be little regard for the people who live in the Ohio River Valley or the environment."
 Staggers said that EPA Region 5 has already forwarded its recommendations to EPA in Washington, regarding WTI's request for "temporary authorization" to use a spray dryer at the facility.
 Staggers said he's opposed to the temporary authorization, which allows the spray dryer to be used for up to a year without review.
 "The temporary authorization is no substitute for a full and thorough review," said Staggers.
 Following a review at EPA headquarters, the temporary authorization request is expected to be returned to Region 5.
 Staggers has already called on the EPA Inspector General and the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate numerous allegations regarding WTI and EPA's handling of the permitting process.
 Staggers told opponents of WTI today that based on what he's heard so far if the incinerator ever begins operation, "They might as well put a big sign out front reading, 'Future Superfund Cleanup Site.'"
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