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EPA: East Liverpool incinerator released dangerous toxins into air

The hazardous-waste incinerator in East Liverpool is about 175 miles east of Columbus.

The hazardous-waste incinerator in East Liverpool is about 175 miles east of Columbus.

EAST LIVERPOOL — “A hazardous-waste incinerator in eastern Ohio repeatedly allowed toxins to contaminate the air over the past four years, exposing nearby residents to chemicals that can cause cancer, spontaneous abortions and early death, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The operators of the Heritage Thermal Services incinerator could face fines or civil or criminal penalties for the violations, detailed in a 20-page letter the agency sent the company in March.

Heritage operates a hazardous-waste incinerator in East Liverpool, a city of about 12,000 people on the Ohio River, about 175 miles east of Columbus.

The EPA found that the Heritage incinerator emitted gases that contained high levels of toxic chemicals into the air 195 times over 175 days from November of 2010 through December. ”

— Laura Arenschield, Columbus Dispatch

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