Health board wants answers on landfill

STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Health Board is seeking answers from the Ohio attorney general’s office regarding the future of the C&D Disposal Technologies landfill near Wintersville.

The board instructed Assistant County Prosecutor Emanuela Agresta to contact the attorney general’s office about the status of negotiations between United Waste and the owners of the local construction and demolition debris landfill.

The managing partner of the C&D Disposal Technologies landfill agreed in August to temporarily close the facility pending its sale to the Delaware based United Waste.

A temporary restraining order was issued on July 12 prohibiting the landfill near the Jefferson County Airpark from accepting solid waste at its recycling center.

Agresta filed contempt of court charges against the landfill in November.

Managing Partner Joseph Scugoza said at a November court hearing the landfill soon will be sold to United Waste and that corporation will fund the cleanup of the recycling site.

Jefferson County Common Pleas Court Judge David Henderson said Scugoza had until Dec. 20 to address the solid waste at the landfill or face a $250 fine.

Todd Lautzenheiser, chairman of the board of directors for United Waste, said in a November telephone interview his company has been in talks with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency regarding the purchase of the C&D landfill.

“We are very excited about this project. We want to meet all OEPA requirements to make sure we get waste coming back through the landfill. This particular project is very near and dear to my heart because I am from Ohio,” said Lautzenheiser.

“We are working on waste technology that will convert trash into electrical energy. Our plan is to bring the landfill up to correct standards and start preparing for methane conversion. I hope to start cleanup efforts by the first of the year. Our long-term goal is to bring 5,000 to 7,000 of waste into the facility,” Lautzenheiser had stated previously.

“We are trying to be on the cutting edge to be productive using municipal solid waste. There are 1,100 acres there that we want to use for 100 percent electricity,” said Lautzenheiser.

Lautzenheiser could not be reached for comment.

“There has been some activity at the closed landfill and the board of health wants to know what is going on. We believe the landfill may be accepting waste,” Agresta said following the Tuesday health board meeting.

“We don’t want to hinder negotiations between United Waste and the state but we need to know the status of those negotiations. The board is tired of the extensions and want to see it resolved,” Agresta said.