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Group challenges presidential candidates:
Address toxic waste incinerator issue before March 7


For immediate release: Wednesday, March 1, 2000

Contact: Jennifer O’Donnell (330) 375-5277

Ohio’s largest environmental organization called on the four leading presidential candidates to say what they would do about the Waste Technologies Industries (WTI) toxic waste incinerator in East Liverpool before the state’s primary election next Tuesday.

Ohio Citizen Action other Ohio environmental organizations have requested a meeting with Vice President Al Gore about his 1992 broken promise to keep the incinerator from operating. The Vice President has yet to meet with incinerator opponents and has maintained that the administration does not have the power to revoke the incinerator’s permit.

"The U.S. EPA has always had the authority to revoke WTI’s permit," said Jennifer O’Donnell, the group’s Akron area director. "What’s been lacking is the political leadership from the Vice President, who continues to duck the issue."

Ohio Citizen Action has been mobilizing activists to hound Gore about the incinerator as he campaigns through Ohio. The group has also attended campaign events for the other presidential candidates to put the question to them.

"Bill Bradley has criticized Gore for his broken promise, but has yet to say what he would do if elected," O’Donnell said. "We need to hear from all the candidates on this issue."

Ohio Citizen Action sent a questionnaire in early February to the Gore, Bradley, John McCain and George W. Bush campaigns, but has not received a response from any of the candidates.

With 150,000 dues-paying members, Ohio Citizen Action campaigns on issues from utility and insurance rates to public health and the environment.

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