AK Steel has been collecting PCB contaminated groundwater from
the landfill near Monroe Ditch and treating it with carbon filtration.
AK Steel is filtering PCBs out to an unknown level. This is the water
being proposed to be discharged to Dickís Creek.
Why should you be concerned?
According to the Ohio EPA and Wright State University, Dickís Creek is heavily
contaminated with PCBs.
There are no safe levels of PCBs. PCBs have been shown to cause harm to
animals in the parts per trillion range.
PCBs discharged by AK Steel bioaccumulate, that is PCBs remain in
people's and animal's bodies for many years (including fish).
Any additional PCBs discharged by AK Steel will add to the PCBs in the sediment
of Dickís Creek. Given the current levels of PCBs in the creek, which are high and
harmful, no additional PCBs should be allowed in the creek.
'Concerns over the hazards of PCBs are based on solid scientific information.
These pollutants are linked to developmental defects of cancer and other grave
problems in humans and animals. The risks are clear: We must work to eliminate
or at least to severely restrict the release of these toxins without delay.'
-- President George W. Bush April 19, 2001
Wednesday, April 16, 2003, 7:00 PM
Middletown High School Cafeteria
601 North Breiel Boulevard
Call (513) 761-6140 for more information
Canít make it to the meeting?
Send written comments to the Ohio EPA, Division of Surface Water, Permits Processing Unit
P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049.