E. Liverpool residents oppose plant expansion

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WKBN) – A controversial waste incinerator in Columbiana County wants to expand and on Monday, residents got the chance to speak their mind.

About 40 people showed up at North Elementary School in East Liverpool to hear Heritage Thermal Services plans for expansion. The company wants to add an additional 25 percent storage capacity of hazardous waste.

That does not mean they will increase the amount of waste that is actually burned. Still, those who live by the plant feel it just is not safe.

“There has been deaths at the plant. There have been people burnt from the chemicals of the explosion. It is just not safe,” Tereasa Hyatt said.

“We have had explosions. Sometimes we have had three a year. The one we had two years ago we had like a reddish orange ash all over the houses and vehicles,” Peg Poole said.

The company said it will not take new types of waste if it gets the storage expansion. It is now up the Ohio EPA to give the OK.

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