The Ohio EPA was required to shut down Bond Road landfill decades ago. "Is it collusion or incompetence?"
Ohio EPA had legal notice of Rumpke's inactive status in 2012, but failed to close as law requires.The Cincinnati Post, 2022 (courtesy of Gary Hammerle) The Ohio EPA has Rumpke on the fast track for approval of their latest modification to the Bond Road landfill. The OEPA has allowed Rumpke to categorize “modifications” as mere alterations, attempted to deny Public Hearings, censored residents asking questions, and failed to take action despite violation after violation for years.
Cincinnati Earth Day chair threatens environmental group. Advocate asks, "Who the Hell is the Ohio EPA protecting?"
Greater Cincinnati Earth Day event refuses to allow environment group to participate because Rumpke is their sponsor.Greater Cincinnati Earth Day, 2022. The Ditch the Dump community group that opposes the expansion of a landfill in their area due to potential water pollution was threatened via text message by Chuck Lohr, Chair of the Greater Cincinnati Earth Day Celebration after requesting to participate in Earth Day. He writes:
Mt. Rumpke 2.0 presenting risks to residents - already.
Sand Run floods with water draining from Mt. Rumpke 2.0The Cincinnati Post, 2022. The torrential rains on Thursday caused significant flooding on Sand Run Road at the entrance to Mt. Rumpke 2.0. Several roads in the tri-state had flooding. The difference is, other roads aren't downhill from a landfill that houses decaying garbage on top of a waste site used by Monsanto, the subject of numerous lawsuits related to toxic materials.
Rumpke sues Commissioners over historic rules. "Brief is full of garbage"
Rumpke challenges historic passage of rules to regulate the solid waste industry in 333-page lawsuit "filled with garbage".Fox19 News. On the heels of the County Commissioners passing historic rules to regulate the solid waste industry in Hamilton County, Rumpke has filed for an emergency restraining order to prevent the rules from being enforced.
County Solid Waste Policy Committee gets a shakeup as entity assumes powerful duties assigned by county commissioners
Hamilton County Commissioners Dumas and Driehaus voted to change the role of the Solid Waste Policy Committee.The Cincinnati Post, 2021. The Hamilton County Solid Waste Policy Committee assumes its newfound duties assigned by the county commissioners to review applications to construct, expand, modify, or operate any solid waste facility in the county. What, until December 16th, was reserved exclusively to the Ohio EPA, is now subject to commissioner approval. In the new rules passed last month, those desiring to operate a facility must apply for approval. The first step in that process requires the review and recommendation of the Policy Committee to the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners.
Commissioner Dumas disses Deters' threat: "I've been in peril before ... but, I have to do the right thing"
Commissioner Dumas disses Deters' threats; votes to pass landfill rulesClip, You-Tube, Hamilton County. Hamilton County Commissioner Stephanie Summerow Dumas doesn't intimidate easily - even if it's Joe Deters, the county prosecutor making threats.
2 County Commissioners see eye-to-eye and approve landfill rules due to public outpouring; change the balance of power
Commissioners Driehaus and Dumas see eye to eye on rules for solid waste; pass resolutionHamilton County BoCC, via YouTube. Commissioners Driehaus and Dumas see eye to eye on the need for rules for Rumpke. For the first-time ever, they passed a rule to regulate the solid waste industry at a cram-packed meeting with overflow crowds in the chamber's ante. The rule gives commissioners veto power over the Ohio EPA to decide if any disposal facility is "constructed, modified, expanded, or operated" in the county. It also sets criteria under which the commissioners can deny a facility, such as impact on: property values, odors, litter, local jurisdictions, and recreational activities in the area. (Starting at page 8 of the "rule" link.)