Are the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Health and Department of Natural Resources selling Ohioans’ health down the river regarding the disposal of gas well drilling wastes?
On one hand, agencies are giving the appearance they are being tough, reportedly throwing the book at alleged dumping of drilling wastes in Youngstown.
Yet an EPA advisory is simultaneously setting the stage for these same kinds of drilling liquids, which can be toxic and radioactive, to be dumped into Ohio landfills sitting above our aquifers, if these liquids are first “solidified” (“Ohio EPA opens door for wastes of fracking,” Jan. 27).
The problem is, landfills can and do leak; caps and liners fail over time, and the radium in these materials will be around over a thousand years.
Moreover, because today’s landfills are lined, regardless of this solidification, the radiation and toxins can still migrate with water through a dump and result in liquid leachate.
This liquid waste product can then be sent to a city treatment plant, with ultimate discharge into a stream.
So why is one discharge into a stream deemed criminal, and the other, seemingly, being encouraged?
Outrageously, under the guise of supposedly “strengthening” rules, these agencies are proposing legislation that includes three options when the radiation levels in drilling wastes exceed the limit: Ship them out West to a radiation waste site, send them to a dump in Michigan that allows higher radiation, or “dilute” the contaminated wastes with dirt, and dump them here in Ohio.
Guess which one is the cheapest and mostly likely to be chosen? Given all that we went through with the Uniontown Superfund landfill regarding radiation and the declarations by agencies that what happened couldn’t happen again, it is unconscionable that these agencies are accommodating big industry, once again putting profits over public health.
Stark County Concerned Citizens/Concerned Citizens of Lake Township
‘Convenience fee’? Not really
Online banking and online bill paying are great conveniences to many people, especially those who are immobile or are under time constraints. When I opened my property tax bill from the Summit County Fiscal Office I found that it, too, offers online bill paying.
I thought that was very nice and went to the Fiscal Office website to pay my bill.
I started the process by entering my parcel number. Then I went to the online bill payment page.
I am glad I read the terms and conditions before agreeing (everyone should; many don’t) to proceed.
A 2.5 percent “convenience fee” is added to the total.
I didn’t find that very convenient at all. I found it much more convenient to throw a stamp on an envelope and toss it in the mailbox.
I have free checking, so it cost me 46 cents instead of $50.74 and probably as much time as it took to go to the website and filter through the first steps, before I was informed of the fee.
Now they ask
It’s a shame that Republicans didn’t put this much effort into finding out the failings of the administration during the first 9/11 attack.