Incinerator not a danger to East Liverpool, health commissioner says

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story stated that Carol Cowen met with the U.S. EPA. After contacting the EPA, WKBN has learned that the communication was by phone.

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WKBN) – East Liverpool City leaders have been assured the community it is not in danger from the Heritage Thermal Services waste incinerator.

According to the Morning Journal, city health commissioner Carol Cowen talked by phone with the EPA last Friday to discuss a report that said the incinerator emitted high levels of toxic chemicals 195 times between 2010 and 2014.

Cowen told council at a meeting Monday that if there were a danger at the incinerator it would be shut down.

The EPA said the emissions occurred through mechanical failures and operator errors.

East Liverpool Health Commissioner Carol Cowan said in a letter to the city’s council that, “there is no evidence of acute hazard, nor do they (U.S. EPA) believe there is acute hazard to the community…”

Cowan also said in the letter that the EPA is early in its process and that Heritage will likely implement a new plan of action by the end of the year.

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