September 22, 2023

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Clean Water Act (CWA) CrimeBox for the week of Nov 7 to 13, 2022

For the week of Nov 7-13, 2022

Environmental Crimes: Historic Case: Fiscal Year 2003, CR_1654

One of 56 Criminal Prosecutions under the Clean Water Act (from 1989-2020)

Probation and fines for making false reports to the Ohio EPA

The superintendent of Public Utilities for the Village of Mt. Orab presented false statements to the Ohio EPA, including the results of drinking water analysis and domestic sewage wastewater analysis results.

The defendant was sentenced to two years probation, a fine and restitution payable to the Ohio Valley Resource Conservation and Development Inc, including the White Oak Creek Watershed Conservation District.

Probation: 24 months; Federal fines: $1,000; Restitution: $5,251; Special Assessment fee: $200

SDWA Compliance for the week of Nov 7-13, 2022 68.4% *

*Ohio drinking water facilities currently in compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act

  • -4323 Drinking Water Facilities in Ohio
  • -1364 (31.5%) with Current Violations
  • -30 (.69%) with Significant Violations
  • -360 (8.3%) with Formal Enforcement Actions (in the last 5 yrs)
  • -0 Criminal Prosecutions under the Safe Drinking Water Act
  • -54,163 residents served by DWF with significant violations

UPDATED: Significant Violations List includes:

Apple Creek Village Public Water Supply, pop 1190 (Wayne)

Berkshire Hills Country Club, pop 100 (Geauga)

Brunersburg WD, pop 500 (Defiance)

Brunersburg – Evansport WD, pop 268 (Defiance)

Camp Gideon Retreat Centre, pop 50 (Carroll)

Christi Water System Inc., pop 483 (Defiance)

Comet Mobile Home Park, pop 25 (Summit)

Deer Creek Golf Course, pop 124 (Trumbull)

Dollar General #20756 Mount Sterling, pop 223 (Madison)

Fairbridge Inn Express, pop 50 (Madison)

Good Vibrations PWS, pop 50 (Summit)

Gurney Elementary School, pop 640 (Geauga)

Hamler Village, pop 627 (Henry)

Holgate Village, pop 1150 (Henry)

Hollansburg Park/Ball Diamond Public Water System, pop 100 (Darke)

Huffman MetroPark Momba Well Public Water System, pop 145 (Greene)

Lamiell Properties, pop 55 (Summit)

Landeck Tavern, pop 65 (Allen)

Laura Village, pop 487 (Miami)

Maysville Regional Water, pop 6540 (Muskingum), pop 100 (Geauga)

Mulligans Pub, Driving Range and Putt Putt, pop 100 (Geauga)

Paulding Village, pop 3605 (Paulding)

Potemkin Industries Inc. PWS, pop 33 (Knox)

South Vienna Village Public Water System, pop 393 (Clark)

The Virtues Golf Club Clubhouse Public Water System, pop 150 (Licking)

Thompson Raceway Park, pop 300 (Geauga)

Turkeyfoot Resort, pop 50 (Logan)

Wauseon City, pop 7425 (Fulton)

Willow Lake Park, pop 110 (Trumbull)

Woodsfield Village PWS, pop 2598 (Monroe)

Ohio EPA Spill Hotline 1-800-282-9378

“Report emergencies involving the release of any material that impacts public health or the environment, including chemicals, petroleum, manure, fires/explosions, or to make an emergency notification to Ohio EPA as required by law or by permit.”

Spills we are tracking: Week of Nov 7-13, 2022

Mahoning River Watershed

  • Nov 1 - 500 gallons of crude oil reported spilled in Hiram Township – Portage

Updates on previously posted spill tracking reports, the responses from Ohio EPA spokesperson Dina Pierce, received November 7, 2022

Cuyahoga River (South Lake Erie Watershed)

Aug 24 – WTOH posted tracking a rainbow sheen reported Aug 11 on Cuyahoga River at Cleveland – Cuyahoga County.

Ohio EPA: “Aug. 11 (Cuyahoga Co) Steel mill operator reported a petroleum sheen coming from one of its outfall pipes into the Cuyahoga River. The company put in hard booms to contain the material and had an environmental cleanup company vacuum the material from the water. The environmental contractor remained on scene until Aug. 20 when the sheen was no longer visible.”

St Mary’s River (West Lake Erie Watershed)

Sep 20 – WTOH posted tracking a spill of unknown amount of petroleum with fish kill noted in an unnamed water body near Minster in Auglaize County.

Ohio EPA: “Sept. 20 - (Auglaize Co): No petroleum material was found.”

Ohio River Tributaries

Brush - White Oak Creek

Sep 26 – WTOH posted tracking a spill of unknown amount of pig manure reported spilled into an unnamed water body in White Oak Township – Highland County.

Ohio EPA: “Sept. 26 - (Highland Co): Manure spill to a waterway. Final report pending.

Sept 26 – WTOH tracking a spill of unknown amount of pig manure impacting an unnamed water body in Highland County.

Ohio EPA:“Manure spill to a waterway. Final report pending.”

Muskingum River Watershed

Tuscarawas River

Sep 19 – WTOH posted tracking a spill of 100 gallons of xylene – dimethylbenzene - which is reported to have occurred Sep 17 in Dover Township – Tuscarawas. The location pin attached to the report indicates the address of Dover Chemical Company, Baerlocher and Baer Locher USA.

Ohio EPA: “Sept 17 (Trumbull) Company reported a 136-gallon xylene release. The vapor and liquid material were contained inside the building.”

Oct. 3 – WTOH posted tracking a spill of unknown amount of foam and 500 gallons of trade name solution reported spilled Sept 28 in Norton – Summit County

Ohio EPA: “Sept. 28 (Summit Co) Environmental cleanup company reported release of approximately 1,000 gallons of firefighting foam from a vacuum truck. Incident occurred during cleanup after a local company’s fire suppression system malfunctioned. None of the foam entered the storm sewer. The environmental company cleaned up the foam from the parking lot.”

Wills Creek

Sep 12 - WTOH posted tracking a report of Sep 6 spill of unknown volume of corrosives including lead and nitric acid spilled in Wills Township – Guernsey County. The initial spill report did not indicate an impact to surface water.

Ohio EPA: “Local fire department called in report while on the scene of a leaking tanker trailer in a parking lot. A corrosive waste was leaking onto the ground and into a storm drain. The tanker trailer was owned by an environmental company, which engaged contractors to respond to the incident. A fish kill occurred in the stream. An extensive, multi-agency response was developed. Containment was constructed on the lot. The next morning, the leak had been stopped and material removed from the tank. Work continued to clean up the lot and the stream. Aeration was installed in the stream to help fish survive as the last of the waste flowed to the downstream containment area. Vacuum truck was recovering material at the storm drain outfall and chemical mitigation with sodium bicarbonate was employed to treat the material in several locations. Most of the mitigation work was complete by Sept. 10. Additional sampling and monitoring were conducted over the next several days. A notice of violation was issued, and the incident was referred to other Ohio EPA divisions for follow up.”

Scioto River Watershed

Upper Scioto River

Sep 19 – WTOH posted tracking a spill of unknown amount of mercury-quicksilver that is reported to have occurred Sept 12 in Upper Arlington – Franklin County.

Ohio EPA: “Sept. 12 (Franklin Co): Consultation with citizen reporting a broken thermometer determined the material that was released was not mercury.”

Oct. 10 – WTOH tracking a fish kill in Grove City - Franklin County reported to have occurred Oct 8 impacting an unnamed water body.

Ohio EPA: “Oct. 8 (Franklin Co) Fire department and a citizen reported a fish kill in Republican Run. Final report pending.”

Little Scioto – Tygart River

Sep 26 – WTOH posted tracking a spill of 10lbs of benzene reported to have occurred Sept 24 in Perry Township – Lawrence County.

Ohio EPA response: “Sept. 24 - (Lawrence Co): Company reported a small leak of benzene into cooling tower basin. Called as a precaution.”

Great Miami River Watershed

Lower Great Miami River

Sep 19 – WTOH posted tracking a spill of unknown amount of oil reported to have impacted the Miami River on Sep 12 at Dayton - Montgomery County

Ohio EPA: “Sept. 12 - (Montgomery Co): A brownish colored oily material was reported on the Great Miami River in Dayton. Ohio EPA contacted the City of Dayton environmental staff. City staff placed sorbent pads and investigated the source. The material was found coming from a bridge stormwater outfall to the Mad River. Mitigation occurred but no source was discovered. No wildlife impacts were observed.”

WTOH supports the ideals of the Clean Water Act, advocating cost-effective solutions for the treatment of waste. We encourage and welcome ideas and suggestions for treatment processes leading to better outcomes for the environment and human health.

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