The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio on October 11, 1991 · Page 20
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October 11, 1991

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The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio · Page 20

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B-4Metrp THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Friday, October 11, 1991 FI waste plant loses sewer permit BY JOHN R. CLARK recoil EB ill have to close, but it cannot discharge into the county sewer system until Oct. 25, officials said. The temporary permit replaced a discharge permit granted BFI by commissioners last month. Hauer said CLEAN will submit its concerns regarding medical and radioactive discharges from the BFI facility to the environment and county sewer system to commissioners during the comment riod for public comments which ends Oct. 25. Beth E. Hauer, of Citizens Lobby for Environmental Action Now (CLEAN), charged Tuesday that commissioners violated the sewer-use ordinance by issuing the temporary permit without a 14-day period for public comment and asked that the permit be rescinded. Hinchberger contends commissioners have authority to amend or waive requirements of the sewer ordinance. He has asked the county prosecutor for an opinion regarding the commission's authority to enact and modify a sewer-use ordinance and to grant waivers from the ordinance. After the public comment period, commissioners can determine whether further modifications to the county sewer-use ordinance are needed, Hinchberger said. Withdrawing the temporary permit does not mean the plant will The Cincinnati Enquirer Butler County commissioners Thursday withdrew a temporary permit granted Tuesday authorizing the BFI medical-wastes incinerator in Union Township to put its discharge into the county sewer system. County Sanitary Engineer James Hinchberger suggested commissioners withdraw the temporary permit during a 14-day pe ill i il l J Buy a Carrier Deluxe High Tech Air Conditioner together with a Carrier Deluxe Furnace and get a $1000 Rebate! LIMITED TIME OFFER, SO DON'T DELAY! THE WEATHERMAKER SX GAS FURNACE Trustees want to know if fee is legal 58SXB 38TR Supet lom operating costs. 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EipiresNov 30 1991 Olfer available to qualified homeowfiei-occupants only Otter valid ai participating dealets only BY IRENE WRIGHT TJiq Cincinnati Enquirer I Union Township trustees have scjught legal advice to see whether they can accept a voluntary "host" fe from BFI Medical Waste System based on operation of a medical-waste incinerator. trustees want Butler County Prosecutor John Holcomb to tell thejn whether they can accept sileh a fee and how the funds srjduld be used. 'Before we proceed into an area linknown and beyond our scope, wir need legal opinion," Bitsy S&affner, Union Township trustees president, said Thursday. Township trustees are bound by state laws on any issue, she said. In a letter sent Thursday to Holcomb, trustees enclosed a copy of a June letter from Rob Dolder, BFI vice presidentdistrict manager, confirming the fee offer. Dolder said the firm was willing to pay a host fee of one-half cent per pound of waste incinerated. Funds could be used to promote public health and safety but could not be used by opponents of the incinerator or for legal costs to oppose the facility, Dolder said. The incinerator has drawn strong opposition from neighbors. Among questions the trustees want answered are whether BFI would be bound to continue fees, and whether trustees could criticize operations or seek court solutions to complaints. Wfe're The Inside Guys. h0 TOI71 RECHTIN Heating & Air Conditioning ZIIY1SY1ER Heating & Air Conditioning Coat '-'Factory Open every day including Sunday. 485 Kemper Rd. Opposite Tri-Counly MaJI 671-31 1 1 . 7900 Beechmont Avenue 12 Mile east ol Beectimom Mall 474-6400 I 261-8269 Nnt affiliatoH with Ri irlinntnn InHi ictriao Radiation exposure as low pernald workers' claims rebutted i ' BYBEN L. KAUFMAN Tte- Cincinnati Enquirer rfernald personnel records showed no reason for workers to wOrry about their radiation doses, health physicist John Auxier testified Thursday in U.S. District Court. uThese people had less than any applicable standard I could identify he said. Granted, brief doses exceeded management "alert" or "action" levels and records were incomplete, but Auxier found no reason ti Conclude any of the exposures produced health problems. He said those levels were far below guidelines at which anyone sholild have begun to worry. Moreover, all of this information was available in 1985 if anyone had asked, he said. Auxier, of Knoxville, Tenn., was a fitness for NLO Inc., which ran tb uranium processing plant from lSl through 1985. NLO is being sued by workers wjib claim the company intentionally; jexposed them to hazardous amounts of radiation and kept them ignorant of the risks. NLO is asking jurors to decide that NLO's workers sued after the four-year statute of limitations expired, so the only issue is what workers knew and when they knew it. If NLO loses this first stage, employees will get a second trial on damages. Records reviewed by Auxier belonged to six present and former Workers who are among the 10 persons suing NLO for $500 million. They claim their new knowledge of the radiation exposures has left them with a fear of an increased risk of cancer. ! Jjnder Ohio law, that is the kind or Injury for which compensation is aflrjwed if a suit is filed on time and tlie court believes the complaining pgrties. The records indicated doses of vafious kinds of radiation as well as tiS cumulative dose each of the rtfen received during his years with N0. J Data were based on urine tests and a machine which calculated life-long, whole body radiation. Under cross-examination, Aux-ilCconceded the incomplete urinalysis records reflected repeated lapses in testing at least one plaintiff whose exposures went above ajejt levels. Sjn the case of that worker, Pyd Davis, there rarely were daDy follow-up tests required by tftO after his urine repeatedly indicated higher than allowed radiation doses. further, Auxier said that while Dais apparently was unprotected fKjm the airborne uranium dust Which he inhaled and ingested. have not seen a respirator a'ssociated with Mr. Davis' name," Auxier said, drawing on NLO records. '.So what did NLO records show? ;"He had a snoot full," Auxier said. "He got more than we wanted him to have." The trial resumes today. ' ir H N&' ; ab8 grg aa. 1699 g H rf! 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