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Posted at 4:20 a.m. EDT Tuesday, October 2, 2001

EPA refuses to block incinerator permits

EAST LIVERPOOL: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has rejected a request to hold all pollution permits that Von Roll America is seeking for its hazardous-waste incinerator on the Ohio River.

Such a move is not in the public's interest and likely would be illegal under federal law, the EPA said in a two-page statement.

Last spring, opponents tried to stop the EPA's action on what then was known as the Waste Technologies Industries' facility.

They argued that the EPA should take no action on the facility until federal EPA Ombudsman Robert Martin issues a final report on his investigation, until the federal EPA issues a report on the Ohio EPA or until the federal EPA acts on citizens' requests that the existing permit be terminated.

As part of the statement, the federal EPA declined to terminate the incinerator's federal permit, saying there was no basis for such action.

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Updated 4:38 a.m., October 2, 2001

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