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Columbus Dispatch: Poisons Found in Debris Landfills
September 16, 2009, 10:21 am
Filed under: News

EPA turned up pollutants in water at all 30 Ohio facilities it investigated
Monday,  September 14, 2009 3:13 AM
By Spencer Hunt
Ohio’s 55 debris landfills offer a cheap, final resting place for the millions of tons of waste created at construction and demolition sites each year.

But there’s a price.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency found a lot more than old concrete, bricks and lumber at 30 landfills it inspected. The EPA says arsenic, benzene and vinyl chloride — all suspected carcinogens — and lead, which can damage the brain and nervous system, all are found in the water trickling through the rubble.

The government’s survey focused on landfills that have waste-collection systems, ponds or pumps that make it possible to draw water. The 25 other landfills do not.

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