Rumpke Landfill

Rumpke landfill expansion surface water quality permit hearing held at Fernald Preserve

Rumpke Sanitary Landfill. The area to the right, bordered by the highway is the proposed expansion.

CROSBY TOWNSHIP — On November 13, some twenty-five people attended the Ohio EPA hearing on Rumpke’s request to allow further degradation of surface water quality in the quest to nearly double their flagship landfill. OEPA representatives pointed out that in their estimation, the degradation would still comply with state water quality standards, but some attendees still offered opposition.

Ohio Citizen Action’s Melissa English testified on behalf of the group’s 32,000 members statewide and 9,205 people who wrote personal letters urging the company to find an alternative to expanding the landfill. The group offered suggestions to minimize surface water pollution, protect endangered species and other wildlife and safeguard recreation in the nearby Great Miami River.  Ohio EPA will accept written comments about the certification until Nov. 20, 2017. Comments should be emailed to or mailed to EPA-DSW, Attention Permits Processing unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049. Rumpke has yet to apply for expansion-related changes to their wastewater, solid waste and air pollution permits.