Ohio EPA and Stark County remedy problems at landfill
Ohio EPA and the Stark County Health Department
are joining forces to address significant maintenance concerns
at the closed Exit C&D Landfill located in Osnaburg, Ohio.
The combined state and local effort is made possible with funding
from Ohio’s Environmental Protection Remediation Fund.
A smoldering underground fire is suspected as the cause of severe
settling on the landfill’s surface. If left unattended, the settling
could destabilize the landfill’s slopes. To deal with the problem,
Ohio EPA is dedicating more than $100,000 so its contractor can
assess the landfill’s hotspots and fix any damage caused by the
subsurface heating. Particular attention will be paid to the
settled areas and large cracks visible on the landfill’s slopes.
In addition, the Stark County Health Department (SCHD) continues
efforts to manage the landfill’s leachate (contaminated water
being recirculated in the old waste disposal area). While recirculation
is an economical way to manage leachate, it also causes waste
to decompose at a faster rate, creates heating, and may be contributing
to the underground fire. To alleviate that concern, Ohio EPA
is providing a $25,000 grant to SCHD to remove accumulated leachate
and truck it to a wastewater treatment plant. SCHD also will
make road repairs so the trucks are able to access on-site leachate
Thanks to the grant, SCHD will not have to spend county funds
to do the work.
Exit C&D operated as a licensed construction and demolition
debris landfill until 2002. At that time, SCHD revoked the landfill’s
license due to numerous and repeated violations of Ohio’s waste
disposal regulations. The landfill’s owner subsequently abandoned
the site without properly closing the facility. Since 2005, SCHD
has used $482,000 in financial assurance money (paid by Exit
C&D’s insurance company) and $240,000 in county funds to
properly close, cap and maintain the landfill.
SCHD has placed a lien on the property in an effort to recoup
expenses incurred by the county.
Exit C&D is one of dozens of “orphaned” Ohio landfills –
solid waste and construction and demolition debris landfills
in various states of disrepair and need of attention. Orphan
landfills have no current owner or funds set aside for proper
closure and maintenance. Exit C&D is the first Ohio landfill
to directly benefit from the Environmental Protection Remediation