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Ohio EPA investigation into national park dumping seeks public help
State investigators have set-up a tip line for anyone with information about chemicals left alongside a road in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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The state investigation into who might have dumped dozens of containers filled with hazardous waste alongside a road in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park is continuing.

Kevin Clouse is with the office of special investigations at the Ohio EPA.  He says the containers – ranging from 1-gallon buckets to 55-gallon drums – of  paint and solvents found last week on Ira Road do not have a unique chemical signature.

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“Unfortunately that’s a very common waste stream.  So a wide number of industries could generate that, from your mom and pop auto shop to major manufacturers.  It’s a little tougher when you’re dealing with common type chemicals and paint related materials are extremely common.  And that makes it harder to narrow it down to an individual source.” 

Clouse says the EPA is enlisting the public’s help in solving the crime.  He says anyone who may have seen a truck carrying drums in the park area last Wednesday can call the EPA’s 24 hour hotline 1-800-282-9378.

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