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Article published July 23, 2001


Marion citizens to petition Army

By TOM HENRY
BLADE STAFF WRITER


MARION, Ohio - Residents plan to submit a petition to the Army this week in hopes of persuading it to be more open about any pollutants found on its reserve training site adjacent to the main River Valley School District campus.

The petition calls for the Army Reserves to become part of the Marion Restoration Advisory Board, a panel funded by the federal government to keep area residents abreast of an ongoing leukemia investigation at the school and nearby property.

It is to be discussed at the board’s meeting Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the River Valley High School cafeteria, during which the panel likely will amend its charter to allow for such participation, said Don Millard, a board member and parent of a former student.

The board includes a cross-section of the community - at least one former student as well as parents and business leaders - plus officials from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers. The corps has been involved, because it is the military’s lead agency for the investigation and cleanup of the school property. The school campus, which opened in 1962, was built on a former military dump.

Mr. Millard said he wants the Army Reserves involved because residents are curious about developments in a parallel investigation at the adjacent reserve training site, where contamination has been found in the past. Discarded barrels believed to be holding some chemical waste were removed from the site in early 1999. The Army suspended training there because of environmental concerns.

"They literally accept no input or questions from us. They don’t let us question what they’re doing," Mr. Millard said.

He said he believes the flow of information will be enhanced if the Army agrees to put a representative for the reserve site on the board.

Jeff Steers, assistant director of the Ohio EPA’s northwest district office in Bowling Green, said that communications have started to get a little better but that the agency has had its own frustrations in dealing with the military.

The Army has a policy that allows it to withhold much of its information until it releases its final document. Residents want information released as data is accumulated and analyzed, Mr. Steers said.

To date, the only way that has happened is when the Ohio EPA has convinced the Army to release limited amounts of information. Once it is obtained by the agency, it is made available to the public in a local library, Mr. Steers said.

"What’s really bringing this to a head is the fact the Army hasn’t been forthcoming with some of the information with the public," he said.

This is not the first time such frustration has been expressed.

In April of 1999, Ohio EPA Director Chris Jones sent a tersely worded letter to Brig. Gen. Hans A. Van Winkle of the corps, demanding to see sampling data that his agency had been trying to get since the previous December.

That same month residents accused the corps at a public meeting of withholding information about cancer-causing vapors that could have been coming out of ground adjacent to the River Valley girls’ softball diamond while teams were allowed to play.

An Army spokesman in Fort Snelling, Minn., said he would not comment about the upcoming board meeting in Marion.


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