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County, EPA Reach Agreement after Violations Found at Transfer Station

The mess is cleaned up and the county is prepared to pay the penalty, Jon Holmes said.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found Franklin County in violation of the Clean Water Act after performing an investigation in April 2015 at the county’s Construction and Demolition Landfill and Transfer Station, 3323 Osborne Terrace, just east of Ottawa.

The EPA reported solid waste in storm drains, and the potential for contaminated stormwater runoff coming from scrap metal piles and other solid wastes. Annual self-inspections, site evaluations and the monitoring of stormwater quality were also not being conducted at the transfer station, according to an EPA news release.

“This is something we take very seriously,” Holmes, Franklin County administrator, said. “Also, at the same time, sometimes it is just the cost of doing business, things happen. But it is incumbent on us as the operators to double our efforts to make sure these things don’t happen again.”

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