June 2016 — In response to the Army Corps of Engineers’ Final Evaluation of Supplemental Engineering Controls (see below), People for Safe Water sent the following letter to Robert Kaplan, Acting Administrator for US EPA Region 5. The letter shares our numerous concerns for the clean-up plan for the Tremont City Barrel Fill.
The Army Corps of Engineers finished a “Final Evaluation of Supplemental Engineering Controls (ECs)” for the Tremont City Barrel Fill site on June 10th. Notably, the report recommends “the addition of a physically stabilizing agent to wastes in the newly engineered waste cell.” Unfortunately, stabilizing agents (like Portland cement, fly ash, or lime) are not considered effective for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), though the report suggests they may be reduced. No recommendations have been made to further remove untreated hazardous wastes from the site.
Read the nine page report below:
May 2016 — Jim Saric was named the new USEPA Project Manager for the Tremont City Barrel Fill site, replacing Jena Sleboda-Braun. Susan Pastor was named the new Community Involvement Coordinator, replacing Ginny Narsete.
February 2016 — People for Safe Water representatives exchanged letters with Mr. Craig Butler, Ohio EPA, and Mr. Robert Kaplan, US EPA. One highlight and request for clarification is in regard to Mr. Kaplan’s reference that the Army Corps of Engineers is now involved in remediation of the Tremont City Barrel Fill site.
December 2015 — People for Safe Water and citizens’ groups across the country are celebrating the 35th anniversary of the EPA Superfund program on Wednesday, December 9th.
This is not a full-hearted celebration, however, as Superfund has been severely hobbled by the removal of “Polluter Pay Fees”, a stable and reliable source of income with which to sustain clean-ups of close to 1,400 toxic waste sites in the U.S., including the Tremont City Barrel Fill, a Superfund Alternative Site.
Read more about the “Polluter Pay Fees” in an Executive Summary produced by the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice:
October 2015 — Read a press release from Senator Widener’s office about a meeting on October 26th with Ohio EPA and US EPA officials at US EPA Region 5 Headquarters:
Help us reinforce a message to the EPA that we want all hazardous waste removed from the Tremont City Barrel Fill!
Click below to download a letter with contact information for EPA officials at the state and federal level:
September 2015 — Read Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler’s letter to Joan Tanaka of the US EPA asking for clarification on changes being made to the clean up plan:
Thanks to all our efforts at August’s public meeting, Butler asks: “…what changes does the USEPA expect to make to the planned remediation activities at the Tremont Barrel Fill site or proposed NPL listing?”
Call the USEPA Region 5 office and ask that question:
or toll-free at 800-621-8431
Or write to:
Mr. Richard Karl
EPA Region 5 Superfund Director
77 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago IL 60604
August 2015 — We say a huge THANK YOU to everyone that promoted and attended the US EPA’s public meeting on August 27th!
It is hard to ignore almost 800 residents who say with one resounding voice: Dig It Up! Truck It Out!
View Senator Widener’s closing remarks at the August 27 US EPA meeting:
- Pick up a $5 yard sign at the Clark County Combined Health District office, 529 East Home Rd., Springfield 45503; (937) 390-5600; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Evenings and weekends, 254 West Third St., Springfield 45504 in the foyer entrance
- Share our Connector Packet with everyone you know!
- Call your elected officials today and tell them we need their support for the safety of our drinking water for this generation and beyond!
Senator Sherrod Brown: (614) 469-2083
Senator Rob Portman: (614) 469-6774
Congressman John Boehner: (937) 322-1120
July 2015 — 720 visitors to the Clark County Fair signed a petition to Governor Kasich asking him to support plan 4a, the more comprehensive clean-up plan, and 78 children (one as young as 5 years old!) signed a similar petition just for them.
June 2015 — Over 45 Springfield area and Clark County residents attended a public meeting hosted by People for Safe Water, where we celebrated our accomplishments and reinforced the message that we will not be satisfied until all hazardous wastes buried at the Tremont City Barrel Fill have been removed.
We stand with one voice: Dig It Up, Truck It Out!
May 2015 — A report compiled by Peter Townsend, resident hydrogeologist, describes the chemical contents of wastes in the Barrel Fill. Read the report here: Character of Wastes in the Tremont City Barrel Fill
This report gives insight into the hazardous contents of Tremont City barrels and advocates for the complete and permanent removal of all wastes.
March 2015 — A letter signed by twenty-nine local elected and appointed officials was sent to Gov. Kasich, urging his continued support for permanent removal of all hazardous wastes from the Tremont City Barrel Fill.
Of note were the signatures of Mike McDorman, President of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, and the Clark County Township Trustees Association president, showing growing local opposition to US EPA’s current plan to rebury hazardous wastes at the site.
Test results from the groundwater samples taken in December at the Barrel Fill were released. These results are just a snapshot in time, proving nothing. Our primary concern continues to be US EPA’s current plan to rebury hazardous wastes at the site.
Let’s be very clear about why we supported the testing. It created a more current snapshot of selected wells, since the last test results released to the public were done in 2006. The test results in no way change why we oppose US EPA’s plan to rebury hazardous wastes at the site.
Dig it up! Truck it out! Protect our water!
If you have not yet contacted Gov. Kasich with your message to help protect your water supply, do so now!
Speak up to protect your water with this message:
“Gov. Kasich, thank you for your continued support for the permanent removal of all hazardous wastes from the Tremont City Barrel Fill. At stake is the economic future of our communities and the protection of our extraordinary water resources.”
To protect the purity of the water for the people and businesses of Springfield and Clark County, Ohio, by advocating for a safe and effective clean up of the Tremont Barrel Fill Superfund Alternative Site in northwestern Clark County. The Barrel Fill site contains 51,500 55-gallon drums of chemical waste in German Township, deposited there in the late 1970’s.
Our group began in April 2012, when citizens learned about the presence of the site in the northwest corner of Clark County. A long-standing local organization, CF Water, who had worked for a safe cleanup plan for the site, had decided to cease operations, leaving no organized citizens’ voice to advocate for a safer plan.
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The sole source aquifer for 82,000 people, primarily Clark County citizens, is at risk of contamination by chemical poisons from the Site. Charles Patterson, Clark County Health Commissioner, reports that trace contaminants are already showing up in monitoring wells below the site. The US Environmental Protection Agency’s (US EPA) original plan (June 2010), acceptable to all pertinent parties, would have adequately addressed the site’s cleanup. US EPA’s adoption of subsequent plan (June 2011) threatens the water supply upon which the people and economy of the entire region depend.
The US EPA must return to the original plan. This plan will ensure the sole source aquifer’s continuing yield of high quality pure water for Clark County residents.
- Following legislative procedures and public processes, US EPA’s Region 5 Superfund Division issued a site clean-up plan known as Alternative 4a in June 2010. This plan was acceptable to all local and OH EPA officials.
- Subsequently, US EPA issued another plan, known as Alternative 9a, on June 22, 2011, as the final clean-up plan. This plan was unacceptable to all local and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) officials.
- The OEPA, Clark County Combined Health District, Clark County Commissioners, Springfield City Commissioners, New Carlisle City Commissioners, German Township Trustees, and our citizens group, People for Safe Water, all vigorously oppose Plan 9a because, if implemented, the hazardous waste remaining onsite at the Barrel Fill will so compromise the purity of the sole source aquifer for all of Clark County.
- Nine corporations are responsible for clean-up costs. They are known as the Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs). Eight of them sued the ninth corporation, Chemical Waste Management (CWM), who had challenged its status as one of the PRPs. A federal court ruled that CWM is a PRP and will be responsible for 55% of the cleanup costs.
People for Safe Water’s key points of opposition to the
current cleanup plan:
- Untreated and highly toxic hazardous wastes remain in the Barrel Fill site.
- If implemented, contaminants remaining onsite at the Barrel Fill will migrate through the soil and contaminate the water on which Clark County depends.
- It ignores unique geological features with serious consequences for the Springfield well field and the Mad River Aquifer.