Target: Ohio Governor John Kasich
Goal: Safely remove all waste from the Tremont City barrel fill, located near resident drinking water.
The Tremont City barrel fill, an 8.5-acre site that contains about 1.5 million gallons of hazardous industrial waste, is situated dangerously close to the groundwater aquifer where residents of Springfield, Ohio, get their drinking water. Local government agencies and citizens have been calling for a full-scale cleanup of the barrel fill for years, concerned that the waste may leak into their drinking water.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved a cleanup initiative; however, it is not the one the majority of Springfield residents want. The original idea, which had popular support, was to clear the barrel fill of all waste, both liquid and solid. In the interest of saving money, however, the U.S. EPA is favoring a different plan that, according to the Springfield News-Sun, “calls for digging up all of the barrels, taking out the ones with liquid waste, adding a double liner and putting the barrels filled with solid waste back in place.”
This has met with significant opposition from local leaders and citizens alike, who are not convinced that the extra liner will protect their drinking water from contamination. They are simply not willing to take the risk. Several letters and petitions have been drafted, demanding that local and national authorities approve the initial cleanup plan.
Getting the issue onto the National Priorities List, in which case both federal and state funds could be earmarked for the cleanup, is an important step toward achieving that goal. However, according to U.S. EPA Superfund Remedial Branch Chief Joan Tanaka, Ohio authorities have so far done nothing to make this happen.
Please sign the below petition to demand that the State of Ohio prioritize this urgent issue before it is too late. We all watched in horror when evidence showed that neglect played a crucial role in Flint, Michigan’s water crisis. Don’t let the same thing happen to Springfield.
Dear Governor Kasich,
As you know, the citizens of Springfield, Ohio, are very concerned that the 1.5 million gallons of industrial waste currently buried in the Tremont City barrel fill that pose a serious threat to their drinking water. The U.S. EPA-approved cleanup plan, which would keep the solid waste in the ground, has not assuaged these concerns. For the affected community, there is only one acceptable solution: remove all of the waste from the barrel fill.
It is true that a comprehensive plan will cost more money. However, placing the issue on the National Priorities List would free up federal funds to assist in the cleanup. As governor of Ohio, you are in a position to help make this happen. I thereby urge you to do so. Please do not gamble on the health of your state’s citizens.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency