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New data shows Sylvania Township landfill cleaner than originally thought

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The Lucas County Sanitary Engineer's office is one step closer to coming to an agreement with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency on what to do with a toxic land dump along King Road between Sylvania Avenue and Central Avenue.

Originally, the Ohio EPA determined 20 acres of the 100 acre former landfill needed to be covered with 2 feet of vegetation. New testing done in part by the University of Toledo and the sanitary engineer's office says only 1 acre needs to be covered.

The UT study found natural vegetation on the land is cleaning out toxic materials.

The new plan says area residents cannot dig a well, or use any existing wells, within 1,000 feet of the former landfill.

Those who live in the area say they are not concerned.

"I have been here for 28 years and have never had any issues and I think it has been a great area. I used to go up there as a kid and watch them fly model planes before they you know fenced it all off so I have been in it," said Cristee Gilson.

"It was something that we considered when we moved here in that it used to be a landfill, but I never really had second thoughts about it," said Lucas Hoffman.

Lucas County Sanitary Engineer Jim Shaw is slightly more cautious.

"I wouldn't say that it is toxic, but there's hazardous conditions as it says on the sings may exist," said Shaw.

On Tuesday Lucas County Commissioners will be presented with the new findings. Part of the new plan is to extend a bike path through the former landfill.  

Shaw says if the path is built, a fence would be put up around both sides of the path. Shaw says the plan is closer to reality than ever before.

"It seems like we have been that close for a long time but I think we are about as close as we have ever been, because we are getting a lot of people on the same page," said Shaw.

Read the Ohio EPA's 2012 report on the King Road Landfill here: http://www.epa.state.oh.us/portals/30/remedial/docs/DD/King%20Road%20Landfill_Decision%20Document.pdf

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