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Ohio EPA Completes Capping Project and Other Improvements at Former Portage County Landfill
Ohio EPA has completed work to secure and properly cap an old solid waste landfill in the Portage County community of Rootstown. The three-month project took place at the former Portage Landfill and Development Company property located southeast of Tallmadge and Homestead roads.
Ohio EPA’s contractor, CTI and Associates, used nearly 100,000 cubic yards of soil from an adjoining property to construct a 30-acre cap over the landfill. The contractor also constructed runoff drainage channels and put in place other controls to prevent leachate (landfill liquids) from running into nearby waterways. Disturbed areas were seeded and a security gate was installed to keep trespassers off the property.
Between 1965 and 1987, Portage Landfill accepted a variety of wastes, but was never properly closed and capped. At Ohio EPA’s request, the Ohio Attorney secured a settlement that resulted in the facility being properly capped with soil.
The project was funded through the Portage Landfill Trust Fund and Ohio EPA’s Environmental Protection Remediation Fund (EPRF). Under EPRF, Ohio EPA’s director has the authority to allocate money to repair “orphaned” landfills that pose a threat to public health and safety or the environment.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.