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Landfills may have to test groundwater for pollutants

COLUMBUS — “Ohio’s debris landfills were unregulated for decades because the materials dumped in them — concrete, drywall and splintered lumber — were deemed harmless. But that’s changed for the 53 operating landfills, including five in central Ohio.

Problems arose after several landfills started taking millions of tons of debris from waste haulers as far away as New Jersey and New York. One site, Warren Recycling in Trumbull County, became notorious for underground fires and clouds of noxious hydrogen sulfide gas.

That landfill, which was closed in 2004, helped prompt state lawmakers to pass the 2005 water-monitoring law.

The Ohio EPA first proposed regulations in 2006 but withdrew them after industry officials complained that compliance would be too expensive.”

— Spencer Hunt, The Columbus Dispatch

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