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For Release:May 20, 1997

Media Contact: Jennifer Peterson (614) 644-2160
Citizen Contact: Susan Shymske (614) 644-2160

Ohio EPA Approves Trial Burn Results, Authorizes Final Operating Conditions at WTI

Ohio EPA has approved the trial burn results and authorized the final operating conditions for Waste Technologies Industries (WTI), the hazardous waste incinerator located at 1250 St. George Street, East Liverpool, Columbiana County. U.S. EPA approved the trial burn results on May 19, 1997. Both Ohio and U.S. EPA approvals are needed for WTI to begin full operation.

Previously, WTI was required to operate the kiln at a minimum of 2,012 degrees Fahrenheit. Under the new operating conditions, the average kiln temperature during a four-hour period must be at least 1,830 F and no more than 2,174 F. At any one time, the temperature may not fall below 1,800 F or exceed 2,200 F.

Under the conditions of the Hazardous Waste Facility Board permit issued to WTI in 1984, the facility could operate on a limited basis until Ohio EPA approved the trial burn results. Certain wastes outlined in the permit were not authorized for treatment at WTI until this recent approval.

According to Ohio EPA Director Donald Schregardus, Ohio EPA will continue to provide stringent oversight of the facility and its operations. Ohio EPA maintains a field office in East Liverpool and provides two full-time on-site inspectors at WTI. Air emissions at the facility will continue to be tracked 24 hours a day through the Continuous Emissions Monitoring System (CEMS) with reporting stations in Ohio EPA's Central Office in Columbus, Northeast District Office in Twinsburg and field office in East Liverpool.

Trial burn testing was conducted at the facility in March 1993 and February 1994. The operating requirements for WTI are based on Ohio EPA's review of those trial burn results and the detailed risk assessment released by U.S. EPA on May 8, 1997.

The new operating requirements also set annual limits, based on the U.S. EPA risk assessment, for certain metals fed into the kiln. These metals are: arsenic, antimony, barium, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury, nickel, selenium, silver and thallium. WTI must develop and submit a compliance plan to Ohio EPA that details the sampling and analysis of the metals and how the annual totals will be tracked.

WTI must operate under these new requirements until the facility's hazardous waste permit is renewed or changed.

Related materials are available for review at Ohio EPA's Northeast District Office, 2110 E. Aurora Rd., Twinsburg, by first calling (216) 963-1200.


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