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‘Public health hazard’ in Ohio has Chicago community concerned

EAST LIVERPOOL — “Nearly 400 miles southeast of Chicago, environmental regulators have spent the past 18 years scrutinizing the quality of air in a small city on the banks of the Ohio River.

Since 1999, the U.S. and Ohio Environmental Protection Agencies have monitored air quality at three locations in East Liverpool, Ohio, a city of 11,000 residents about an hour’s drive from Pittsburgh. In the mid-‘90s, residents in East Liverpool raised concerns about emissions from a harzardous waste incinerator in the city, prompting regulators to set up air monitors.

A historically industrial city, East Liverpool is home to the largest warehousing facility run by S.H. Bell Company, according to the company’s website.

…In a report published in 2010, the EPA said manganese concentrations detected by all monitors in East Liverpool had ‘consistently exceeded’ health-based guidelines set by the agency.”

— Alex Ruppenthal, Chicago Tonight

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