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Officials, Residents Plan to Fight East Palestine Waste Transfer to Local Facility

Local officials have made their opposition of the Buckeye Brine waste facility accepting non-hazardous waste from East Palestine clear and now, residents are joining the fight.

September 18, 2023

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Local officials have made their opposition of the Buckeye Brine waste facility accepting non-hazardous waste from East Palestine clear and now, residents are joining the fight.

Last month, Buckeye Brine located in Coshocton County, Ohio, announced it will accept non-hazardous waste from Norfolk Southern relating to the East Palestine derailment. Coshocton Environmental and Community Awareness recently held a meeting for the public to discuss the project and informed residents on how they can raise their concerns to state officials and the EPA.

Residents began forming plans to protest outside the facility from the meeting and organize a committee to gather media attention.

Commissioners have consulted with Coshocton County Prosecutor Ben Hall and Law Directo Bob Skelton on some ways that something could be done legally to block the waste from being transported locally and brought to Buckeye Brine.

"The fact of the matter is, this is regulated by the State of Ohio and the EPA says it's fine. There's no way I would be able to or the county prosecutor be able to file a lawsuit to try and shut this down," Skelton said. "There's only one group that can shut it down and that's the politicians that control this thing. We need to be on these politicians."

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