Activism and Awareness beyond the Wittenberg Sphere: The Tremont City Barrel Fill Forum
Organized by Nancy McHugh’s, professor of philosophy, class, “Science in Social Context,” the forum is student-generated and will include a variety of group and individual research displays, all relating back to the central theme of the forum: waste and water, with the local issue of the Tremont City Barrel Fill at the forefront.
December 6, 2014
EPA, local official meet this week to discuss Tremont City Barrel Fill
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency met with city and county leaders and a local activist group this week to discuss updating the community involvement plan for the ongoing clean-up efforts at the Tremont City Barrel Fill.
November 14, 2014
Water to be tested at Clark County hazardous waste dump
The U.S. EPA will begin testing water near a hazardous waste dump in Clark County to see if any of the 1.5 million gallons of toxic chemicals buried there are leaking.
Samples haven’t been taken at the Tremont City Barrel Fill since 2005, according to a statement received from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday.
September 8, 2014
Clark County leaders discuss Tremont Barrel Fill with EPA
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency met with Clark County leaders Tuesday to discuss technical matters about the disposal of hazardous waste at the Tremont City Barrel Fill. Meanwhile, protesters gathered outside the Clark County Combined Health District where the meeting was held, claiming the current plan for the barrel fill will not protect Clark County water in the future.
August 26, 2014
People For Safe Water Lead Protest Over EPA Cleanup Plan In Clark County
The group People for Safe Water held a rally at the Clark County Combined Health District on Tuesday, voicing concerns over the Environmental Protection Agency’s cleanup plan for the Tremont City Barrel Fill site by chanting “dig it up, truck it out.”
August 26, 2014
New Senate Bill Could Impact Barrel Fill Cleanup
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) announced yesterday that he will introduce legislation reinstating the “polluter pays” tax that expired in 1995. That tax on waste-generating industries was a key source of revenue for Superfund site cleanups, but it expired after the 1994 midterm elections with GOP opposition. Tremont City Barrel Fill in German Township, currently a Superfund Alternative Site, could be affected if the site is designated as a Superfund site within the coming year. As a Superfund site it would become one of more than 1300 sites nationally whose cleanup has been stalled due to lack of funds for the program and dependency on the corporations responsible to pay.
June 10, 2014
Superfund Community Organizer Heroine Coming to Springfield
Lois Gibbs, Executive Director of the national organization Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ), comes to Springfield on Saturday, June 7th, to develop a winning strategy with People for Safe Water and local citizens for cleaning up the Tremont City Barrel Fill. With more than 1.5 million gallons of hazardous waste buried in barrels at the site, local officials and citizens want EPA to permanently remove all hazardous wastes.
May 30, 2014
Report: EPA, community relationship ‘troubled’
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to improve communication with local residents and leaders concerned about the cleanup of a hazardous waste dump after an outside review called the relationship troubled.
April 23, 2014
Group urging calls to congressmen for barrel fill help
City Commissioner Karen Duncan wants residents to participate in People for Safe Water’s campaign to call local congressmen about cleaning up the Tremont City Barrel Fill.
March 7, 2014
Boehner upset with U.S. EPA
Speaker of the House John Boehner is disappointed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s lack of action at the Tremont City Barrel Fill, a Superfund Alternative site that area officials believe could hurt the local water supply.
February 17, 2014
Activist group seeks barrel fill waste study
People for Safe Water have placed signs around Springfield and Clark County to raise awareness of the group’s opposition to a federal plan for hazardous waste at the Tremont City Barrel Fill.
December 3, 2013
U.S. EPA Tremont landfill plan upsets residents
WHIO video clip
Local activist group People for Safe Water wants the city to fund an independent study about possible effects of hazardous waste leaking from the Tremont City Barrel Fill, which sits near the area’s drinking water aquifer that serves 82,000 customers in Clark County.
December 2, 2013
Tremont City landfill cleanup plan questioned
A key scientist with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency said Monday he can’t find another site in the nation that’s been cleaned up the way the federal government is now proposing to clean up a toxic waste dump near Springfield’s water supply.
November 4, 2013
Federal, local officials continue cleanup fight
Area government officials will continue to work with federal legislators on efforts to change the planned $28 million cleanup at a toxic waste dump in northwestern Clark County.
July 7, 2013
Military, jobs and cleanup top priorities
Springfield leaders urged lawmakers at a recent fly-in to remove the barrels.
June 6, 2013
Fight to clean up Tremont hazardous waste grows
U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner has joined local and state leaders in questioning the U.S. EPA’s plan to clean up 1.5 million gallons of hazardous waste buried at the Tremont City Barrel Fill.
May 30, 2013
EPA to test hazardous barrel site
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will conduct tests at a Tremont City site containing buried barrels filled with 1.5 million gallons of hazardous waste.
April 15, 2013
Local leaders fight Superfund plan
Area leaders and health officials say the option the EPA selected in cleaning up the Tremont City Barrel Fill works in the short term, but in the long term could contaminate the groundwater and likely affect hundreds of thousands of people in Clark, Champaign and Montgomery counties.
January 19, 2013
City supports cleanup plan
Commissioners worry that hazardous waste will get into the aquifer.
July 19, 2011
Tremont City site part of $51M deal
Federal agencies settle environmental claims against old General Motors Corp.
March 7, 2011