Open dump near Dayton school attracts pests carrying West Nile

Published: Thursday, November 30, 2017 @ 7:36 AM

Open dump near Dayton school attracts pests carrying West Nile

The Ohio EPA wants to clean up an open dump near Kiser Elementary School that has had issues with mosquitoes, some of which tested positive for the West Nile virus, the agency said.

The Environmental Protection Agency has asked the Ohio Controlling Board to approve a $500,000 appropriation to remove waste from a property at 1227 Deeds Ave. in Old North Dayton.

Quality Farms, the former property owner, accepted beer, wine and soft drink products that were expired, mislabeled or produced incorrectly, the agency said.

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Quality Farms sought to provide recycling services for the beverage industry, turning wine and beer waste into bio fuel or animal feed, according to city and state officials.

But the products, which were stockpiled outside and in trailers and a warehouse, were not processed and recycled in compliance with environmental laws and local health code regulations, the EPA said.

There are more than 5,000 tons of beverages piled up on 4.5 acres, which Quality Farms was supposed to — but did not — recycle, said Heidi Griesmer, Ohio EPA’s deputy director of communication.

“This project is a public-private partnership to resolve an eyesore and nuisance in Dayton,” she said.

The beverage industry, the private partners, will contribute $160,000 to the site cleanup.

This includes the Ohio Soft Drink Association and its members, the Wholesale Beer and Wine Association of Ohio and its members, along with MillerCoors and Anheuser Busch, the EPA said.

The Ohio EPA has asked for the authority to approve a contract with Rumpke to clean up the site, which is expected to cost about $432,815, state documents show.

The new property owner, Good Deeds Recycling, lacks funds to remediate conditions at the site, which need to be abated soon before materials start to freeze, causing containers to burst, according to the EPA.

Quality Farms bought the property from American Lubricants Co. in 2013.

The company sold the property to Good Deeds Recycling in June for about $395,000, according to Montgomery County real estate records.

Attempts to locate and contact the owner of Quality Farms were unsuccessful. Good Deeds did not immediately return a request for comment.

Beverage companies used the site as part of “green” efforts to recycle beverage containers and the liquids inside, Griesmer said.

But though companies paid for the recycling service, their materials and liquids were never recycled, she said. However, the companies have voluntarily decided to contribute to assist in the clean up.

One issue is that plastic tanks containing the beverages were rupturuing and the liquid was flowing into the storm sewers, state and local officials said.

“They had beer, wine coolers — sticky, stinky stuff,” said Mary Faulkner, senior economic development specialist with the city of Dayton. “It’s not like it was oils and hazardous materials, it’s just nasty.”

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In September, Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County learned about standing water issues at the facility that were attracting mosquitoes, said Tom Hut, public health’s supervisor of the special services.

The facility was issued a notice of violation, and public health treated standing water on the property with insecticide, Hut said.

Some mosquitoes caught in traps on the property tested positive for West Nile. More than 70 mosquito pools collected across the county this year have tested positive for the virus, Hut said. There has been no confirmed cases of West Nile in the county this year.

Though West Nile virus for the most part causes mild symptoms in children and adults, it is a public health concern, Hut said.

The EPA also says it is reviewing legal options to seek penalties for the problems at the site and try to recover clean-up costs. The Ohio Controlling Board will consider the request at its next meeting on Dec. 4.

Amazon announces final 20 cities in the running for second headquarters

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 9:59 AM
Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 9:52 AM

Amazon Announces Cities Still In Consideration For Second Headquarters

Officials with technology giant Amazon on Thursday announced that the company has narrowed down its list of possible sites for its second headquarters to 20 metropolitan areas.

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The company said it got nearly 240 proposals from across the U.S. Canada and Mexico.

“All the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity,” Holly Sullivan, with Amazon Public Policy. “Through this process we learned about many new communities across North America that we will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation.”

Residents won’t have to vacate downtown Dayton apartments

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 4:26 PM

            The boiler in the Newcom apartment building at 255 N. Main St. in downtown was shut down because it was releasing dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, city officials said. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF
The boiler in the Newcom apartment building at 255 N. Main St. in downtown was shut down because it was releasing dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, city officials said. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

A Montgomery County Common Pleas judge has granted a temporary restraining order that blocks the city of Dayton from forcing some tenants to move out of a downtown apartment building that has a malfunctioning heating system.

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Last week, city of Dayton housing inspection officials issued an emergency vacate order to residents at the Newcom Building, located at 255 N. Main St., citing “unsafe” living conditions.

The residents were ordered to move out by 4 p.m. today if the building’s owners had not repaired its heating system, which was shut off because it was releasing dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.

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But about an hour before today’s deadline, Judge Richard Skelton granted the building’s owner, Howard Heck, a temporary restraining order on the condition he purchase small heating units for each apartment and get the boiler repaired or replaced in about a month.

Skeleton said he or court officials would stop by the Newcom building routinely to check on the temperatures inside the apartment building to make sure it is not too cold and check on the progress to repair the heating system.

“I am going to be watching this very closely,” he said.

This afternoon, Judge Skeleton presided over a hearing about the Newcom Building Company’s request for a restraining order and permanent injunction against the city of Dayton division of housing inspection.

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The seven-story apartment building’s boiler was shut down this month after fire crews determined it was releasing high levels of carbon monoxide, which can cause deadly poisoning.

But that left residents without a safe way to heat their homes, and city inspectors told the building owner to fix the boiler or they would board up the structure by this afternoon.

Seven tenants have left the apartment building after the emergency order was issued, leaving about 18 other occupied units, officials said.

Skelton said the owner has 30 days to fix the boiler, but could maybe get a “reasonable” extension if things are going OK and the temperature inside is satisfactory.

4 law enforcement officers shot in South Carolina; suspect in custody

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 5:30 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 7:26 AM

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Simone Biles latest gymnast to claim team doctor sexually abused her

Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 6:53 PM
Updated: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 8:06 PM

What You Need To Know About Larry Nassar

Simone Biles, who won four gold medals at the 2016 Summer Olympics, went on social media Monday and became the latest gymnast to claim that former team doctor Larry Nassar sexually abused her.

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“I am one of the many survivors who was sexually abused by Larry Nassar,” Biles, 20, wrote on Twitter. “Please believe me when I say it was a lot harder to first speak these words out loud than it is now to put them on paper.”

Nassar, who spent more than 20 years working at Michigan State University and as a physician for USA Gymnastics, has admitted to sexually assaulting gymnasts, ESPN reported. 

In December, Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in prison on charges of child pornography. He will be sentenced Tuesday for 10 state counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, ESPN reported. Nassar, 54, pleaded guilty to those charges in November.

Nassar has been accused by more than 140 women and girls of sexual misconduct. That includes Olympic gymnasts Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman, CNN reported.

“For too long I’ve asked myself, ‘Was I too naive?’ ‘Was it my fault?’ I now know the answers to those questions,” Biles tweeted. “No. No, it was not my fault.

“No, I will not and should not carry the guilt that belongs to Larry Nassar, USAG (USA Gymnastics), and others .”

In her tweet, Biles also called Nassar’s behavior “completely unacceptable, disgusting and abusive.”

Raisman offered her support to Biles in a tweet. Raisman accused Nassar of sexual abuse in November.

“I stand with you,” Raisman tweeted.