Citizens For A Better Norwood

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Ohio EPA hearing this Thursday re Hilton Davis toxic waste

Ward 1 Councilperson Keith Moore sent us this flyer regarding the Ohio EPA’s plan NOT to clean up toxic waste at the Hilton Davis site on Langdon Farm Road in Pleasant Ridge. The Hilton Davis property, he tells us, borders our own Fenwick Park. Citizens Concerned about Hilton Davis is hoping at least 100 people will attend the Ohio EPA hearing this Thursday, February 25, at 6:00 p.m. at the Pleasant Ridge Community Center at 5915 Ridge Ave. to urge clean up the site instead of merely entombing the waste under a thin layer of soil or clay.

According to this Ohio Citizen Action article, a 1986 Consent Decree called for a trench filled with decades of hazardous waste to be cleaned up to the “highest possible standard,” which would involve extensive excavation and removal of the waste. However, Kodak, the company currently responsible for the cleanup, has proposed entombing the waste under the soil, which would forever forego future commercial or residential development of the Hilton Davis site. This recent CityBeat article, “How Clean Is Clean” has more detail about the issue and its history.