Citizens For A Better Norwood

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Rep. Reece wants full clean up of Hilton Davis site

Reece meeting with EPA officials today

Norwood Health Commissioner Pam Walker-Bauer sent us the following press release issued by the office of Rep. Alicia Reece:

– Representative Alicia Reece (D-Bond Hill) is asking the Ohio EPA to consider a full clean-up the Hilton Davis site located in her 33rd House District. The site is owned by Eastman Kodak and has been a concern among the residents of Pleasant Ridge, Golf Manor, Bond Hill, and Norwood dating back to the early 1980’s.

Under the currently proposed plan by the Ohio EPA, the toxic wastes that have been dumped at the site for nearly 50 years will be allowed to remain. Rather than removing the toxins, the current plan allows Eastman Kodak to “cover-up” the metal barrels of waste with a layer of soil restricting the site’s future use indefinitely.

“I have received an enormous amount of feedback from taxpayers and residents who live near this site and are concerned about the long-term safety plan,” said Rep. Reece. “Failing to require Eastman Kodak to clean this site up has the potential to cause irreversible damage to our local environment and could create an enormous expenditure to the citizens of Cincinnati down the road if this site is no longer used as an industrial park. The site is surrounded by residential property and it is our job to protect the citizens living near this 80-acre toxic waste land.”

Rep. Reece will join residents from the area and other officials in a special meeting tomorrow afternoon at the Ohio EPA offices in Columbus.