2007 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 9 Jan 2007 05:12:52 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Diversified Products, Hamilton Twp., Ohio
Justice unlikely on buried waste
Hard-to-prove case costly to taxpayers

Cincinnati Enquirer (OH)
January 8, 2006

HAMILTON TWP. - No one will go to jail for burying more than 1,300 drums of toxic waste along the Little Miami River for several reasons: a hard-to prove criminal case, an uncooperative and bankrupt company, and lingering questions about who was responsible.

So taxpayers are funding the $1 million cleanup.

That fact has outraged some, according to reader responses to an Enquirer story about the cleanup. Some say state and federal officials didn't act quickly enough or put enough pressure on the now-defunct Diversified Products, a metal manufacturing company. The Ohio EPA says the company buried the waste and solvent more than 20 years ago.


The U.S. Army used to own the Diversified Products site and other surrounding property, where it operated an ammunition plant. It later subdivided and sold all but 16 acres, on which it built its Army Reserve Center.

The Army began its own environmental cleanup in the 1990s after finding high levels of trichloroethylene on its property. It discovered drums sticking out of the hillside and promised to clean them up.


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
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