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EDITOR: KERRY KLUMPE, 369-1003 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 1991 SECTION B liMiBiBfilsl Din 1N 1 1 A 1 1 I, l5)lHtilJBB J J Lit i J Businessman could. million fine get $5 Mt. Healthy man pleads guilty to 219 charges involving hazardous waste BY KEVIN O'HANLON The Cincinnati Enquirer A Mount Healthy businessman could be sentenced to more than 800 years in prison and $5 million in fines after pleading guilty Wednesday to illegally transporting and dumping hazardous waste. In the largest environmental prosecution against an individual in Ohio, Donald J. Bohnert, owner of Panther Industrial Chemical Co., entered guilty pleas to 219 counts. tion of a hazardous-waste facility, nine counts of forgery and three counts of criminal endangerment. All but the forgery and criminal endangerment charges are felonies punishable by up to four years in prison and a $25,000 fine each. Judge Thomas Nurre of Hamilton County Common Pleas Court ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set Bohnert's sentencing for Nov. 6. Tammaro said he will ask for Bohnert sold supplies to dry cleaners and began illegally collecting waste products from the businesses when Ohio started requiring safe disposal of hazardous materials, said Brad Tammaro, assistant Ohio attorney general. Bohnert told the businesses that he was licensed to dispose of the waste but then stored it in rented garages in Reading and Finney-town, Tammaro said. When he ran out of room, Bohnert began dump ing the waste in nearby creeks, Tammaro said. Bohnert collected and stored the waste from October, 1986, to September, 1990. Bohnert pleaded guilty to 81 counts of illegal transportation of hazardous waste, 121 counts of falsifying hazardous-waste disposal records, two counts of illegal storage of hazardous waste, two counts of illegal disposal of hazardous waste, one count of illegal opera "significant" jail time for Bohnert. "It is an extremely serious case," Tammaro said. Bohnert would not discuss the case. "I'm not looking forward to going to jail," he said before declining further comment. He remains free on a $75,000 bond. In October, 1990, agents from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the federal Environmental Protection Agency searched a garage at Reading Storage at 325 Clarke Road and found 400 contaminated dry-cleaning filters, 50 drums of contaminated sludge and 65 smaller containers of paint thinners and waste that Bohnert collected from several area automobile body shops. Tammaro said investigators do not know how much hazardous waste Bohnert stored and dumped. "His record (keeping) system was pretty bad," Tammaro said. Ample protection Airport test 1 i t '- -sr. i .- Point of Light No. 565 His students learn how they can help BY SUE KIESEWETTER Enquirer Contributor Finneytown social studies teacher Steve Elliott says he sometimes does his best teaching while in his van somewhere on Interstate 75 or while washing dishes at the Drop-Inn Center downtown. That's when he finds it's easiest to talk to the teen-agers he supervises in the high school's Community Service Experience program. : ii', '' - . :.. . - . Vnb' -' I III Ssf. ,V; 7.: ; i ljy y 1 V A V Si r AW . ,Vi; could cut plane noise Descents to begin higher for 30 days BY BETH MENGE The Cincinnati Enquirer Residents of Hamilton County's Delhi and Green townships could notice up to a 30 reduction in jet noise next month when the CincinnatiNorthern Kentucky International Airport plans to test a noise-reduction plan. After months of study, the airport's Aviation Noise Abatement Committee on Wednesday unanimously recommended a 30-day test where pilots will approach the airport from the north at a higher altitude. The test, which does not need airport board approval, will probably begin in about two weeks after air traffic controllers and pilots are told of the plan, said Wayne Goswick, air traffic manager. "I think it's a sound procedure and it's just a step we're trying to take to mitigate the noise," Goswick said. It will place jets about 450 feet higher than normal while approaching the airport in good weather which occurs more than 85 of the time, said Robert Hoffman, chairman of the committee's technical advisory group. Pilots will use the procedure at their discretion, Hoffman said. Committee members estimate the procedure could reduce noise by one to 1.5 decibels, or by as much as I 1 i ' i ' , , . 1 f Outside the classroom, he finds conversation with his junior and senior students flows easier as they experience a different lifestyle. ' . Now in its 'fifth year, the program begun by Elliott has received national recog- -- - If . ' - ".tags? ' I - ' U 1 , . Steve Elliott nition in President Bush's 1,000 Points of Light program. The Finneytown program was recognized Wednesday as Point No. 565. Six days a week, the president designates a volunteer program as a Point of Light. Elliott will attend a conference at Disney-world next week, when he and the school's program will be recognized. "Mr. Elliott is an excellent teacher who always has the besi interests of his student in mind," said Finneytown Superintendent Donald Schmidt. But Elliot credits the students for the program's success. "If I couldn't get the kids to go, we wouldn't be a point of light or a crack in the door." Twice a month, Elliott and students wash dishes or serve meals at the Drop-Inn Center. Saturdays, he does housing rehabilitation work for the Race Street Tenant Organization Cooperative (ReS-TOC), where he is on the board of directors. Over the summer, he took a group to a South Dakota Indian reservation, where they volunteered at a shelter for a week. 4v W " i1? i . 25 to 30. "I'm delighted," said Gene Larkin, a Delhi Township representative on the committee. "We've worked very hard on the procedure." The greatest noise reduction is expected in neighborhoods farthest from the airport north of Rapid Run Road in Delhi Township, Larkin said. Although the Air Line Pilots Association did not oppose the plan, representative Drew Derrick said the group had some reservations about it because it requests a steeper descent than standard. Derrick said the steeper descent is fine in good weather, but he said: "We want approaches as standard as possible in all weather conditions." Local reaction: "That sounds very encouraging," Green Town-' ship Trustee Paul Schinkal said. "Anything to help reduce the displeasure of the people and so on is a step in the right direction." "Anything they do, I suppose, is an improvement," said Penny Dieck, a Delhi Township clerk candidate. "I always question, if these things can be helpful, why weren't they done to begin with?" 0 Mondays, his group tutors students from Rothenberg Elementary School. Oth' er students volunteer at senior citizen centers. Elliott, 47, got interested in voluntarism during a Miami University course and from the example of his wife, Jan, volunteer service coordinator at the The Cincinnati EnquirerCathy A. Lyons A pair of umbrellas and a little love shield Daniel Williams, 9, and his sister Sarah, 6, of Price Hill from Wednesday afternoon's drizzle on their walk home from Holy Family School. Daniel is a fourth-grader; Sarah is a first-grader. ' ' Drake Center. She helped set up contacts and directed the group to projects. Black center called a boost to UC A baby's dry diaper can send false message 'Separatism' issue dies; opening Tuesday a multicultural center and questions about cost, space and educational mission. But Abercrumbie, faculty and students say those concerns disappeared over the summer. "I think the reason it's not a hot issue now is because it's a done deal," said John Applegate, vice chairman of the faculty senate. "And I think there was general if not universal agreement that something of that type would be a good idea." With backing from student leaders, the faculty senate and UC President Joseph Steger, the board of trustees approved funding for the center in March. The university spent $100,000 to renovate the space. The first-year operating budget will be $140,000. Abercrumbie said the center would ' offer a relaxing atmosphere for all students to explore the black experience and heritage. It also would help black (Please see CENTER, Page B-4) BY MARK SIEBERT The Cincinnati Enquirer The opening of the African-American Cultural and Research Center will thrust the University of Cincinnati into the forefront of . predominately white universities with such centers, the director said Wednesday. "I have no doubt in my mind that when we open the center Sept. 24, that the University of Cincinnati will have one of the premier African-American cultural centers in the country," director Eric Abercrumbie said. The center will be housed in a renovated dining area next to the remains of Sander Hall, which was demolished in June. Black students first proposed such a center in 1967 and occasionally since. The idea became reality at the end of the 1990-91 school year but not without some controversy. Faculty raised questions about separatism whether the center should be body, and the top sheet between the child and the part of the diaper that holds the wet waste remains dry. "I had her rushed to the hospital, and it turns out she was a victim of our own diaper technology," he said in an interview. Barada wouldn't reveal what brand of diaper the child was wearing. ' "(Diapers dry to the touch) are usually what people are looking for. This is one of those rare instances," said Lynn Hail-ey, a spokeswoman for Procter & Gamble Co., which makes superabsorbent Ultra Pampers and Luvs. The diapers increase in weight when wet, Hailey said. Another indicator is if a pinch to the crotch of the diaper retains its shape. BY ELIZABETH NEUS The Cincinnati Enquirer Sometimes a diaper can be too good. A letter in today's JVew England Journal of Medicine cites the case of a ,1 -year-old girl who apparently had not urinated for 24 hours. Her mother was supposed to count the number of wet diapers the baby created every day, to track her recovery from bladder surgery, and got worried when diapers didn't feel wet. As it turned out, reports Dr. James Bara,da of the Albany (N.Y) Medical vCollege, the child's urologist, she was wearing a superabsorbent diaper, which holds twice as much urine as regular disposables. The superabsorbent diapers pull urine away from the child's " Th Cincinnati EnqulrsrTony Jones Eric Abercrumbie, director of the African-American cultural center at UC, says all students will be welcome there.